The Frosh played their best game of the year in their season finale against Briarcrest posting a 28-14 victory. Briarcrest entered the game on a high note after beating the CBHS frosh convincingly. But our team really played hard and with a little tweaking to our offense we ran and threw the ball very effectively.
Except for 2 long pass plays the defense played outstanding limiting a very good BCS rushing offense to just 20 yards. On offense the offensive line tight ends and fullbacks created seams that produced 157 yards. We also threw the ball effectively with our QB's completing 10 of 12 passes for 95 yards and a TD.
Individually on offense Stryker Aitken rushed the ball 29 times for 133 yards and 2 TD's. That is a full days work! Jack Blackwell had 5 big catches for 48 yards and 1 TD catch that had to be seen to believed. Both QB's, Liam Shepherd and Wilson Lemay were 5 of 6 making key third down throws to extend drives. On defense the line of Griffin Marshall, Van Abbay, Dewitt Shy, Demar Wells, and Lewis Butler played very aggressively and linebackers Alexander Nail and Ben McBride finished off anything that leaked through. In the secondary Will McDaniel played well at safety and Rhodes Temme and Malcolm Shaw made some excellent plays at corner.
This group has shown improvement in a season of adversity created by the early season heat that cancelled a couple of games. It was good to see them get really focused for this last game and prove to themselves and others how good they really can be on future Friday nights.
The 9th grade Owls played an intense game last night against a talented Whitehaven squad and got the victory 7 to 0. This was indeed a defensive struggle. Whitehaven managed only 2 first downs the entire game. The Owls only had 3. Both teams combined for only 103 yards of total offense. It was a fierce battle that old school football coaches would love.
One of the highlights in the first half was a nice interception and return by Will McDaniel. In the 2nd half the Owls got a big offensive play on a pass from Liam Shepherd to Jack Blackwell. Although the drive stalled out the play put the Owls in great field position and kept Whitehaven bottled up. The defense was firm and Malcolm Shaw did a good job with punt returns. With time running down Whitehaven tried a deep pass that was intercepted by Rhodes Temme and returned 17 yards to the Tigers 27. Only 1:43 remained in the contest. After knocking on the door twice earlier in the 4th quarter, Shepherd found Shaw down the middle for a big 22 yard gain to the 5. Shepherd scrambled for a couple of yards setting up 2nd and 3. After struggling much of the night to block the Whitehaven front the Owls ran to their left and got key blocks from all 5 lineman, Nickolas Matthews, Lewsi Butler, Dewitt Shy, Dylan Robinson, and Jackson Moore. Shaw made a key block on the edge as did Blackwell allowing Stryker Aitken to drive into the endzone. Drew Clift tacked on the PAT and then had a great kick-off that the Owls recovered. It was an awesome ending.
Anytime you battle against the Whitehaven Tigers and come out with a W is a good night. Proud of these gusy for battling the entire night and especially all the defensive guys who never waivered.
The frosh Owls lost a hard fought battle to CBHS on Monday 0 to 7. The team at time was it's own worse enemy with unfortunate penalties that thwarted drives. But there were some highlights as well.
On defense Braden Chubb caused a fumble recovered by by Alexander Nail. Malcom Shaw made a great interception the stop a CBHS drive. And Griffin Marshall hit the QB during a pass attempt forcing a bad throw that was intercepted by Jack Fortas. Will McDaniel and Carter Campbell had some nice tackles from their safety positions.
Our penalties kept us from getting any rhythm going on offense. A few big plays were called back and we just never looked in sync. Malcolm Shaw provided some spark at times as did a few tough runs by Carter Campbell. But the lack of any big plays and our inconsistency in execution kept us out of the endzone.
Fortunately the negatives from the game are things we can correct. But football requires that all 11 players on the field execute in harmony and we did not do that last night. We look forward to seeing a better outcome next Monday as the team travels to Houston.