Crusaders Win Thriller


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The Concordia Lutheran Football team beat the Second Baptist Eagles in stunning fashion on Friday night 24-22.

The Eagles were the first to put points on the board when their opening drive stalled and they were forced to kick a field goal. The Crusaders struggled to move the ball on their opening possession and punted the ball away to the Eagles. Second Baptist drove down the field and scored early in the 2nd quarter to go up 10-0. On the next offensive Crusader possession the Eagles forced a fumble on a Crusader broken play and recovered the ball on their own 23-yard line. The Crusader defense forced the Eagles to kick a 37-yard field goal that sailed wide left. The Crusaders took possession and begin their march to the end zone. After converting a 4th down at their own 43-yard line, A. Garza threw a perfect pass to C. Hanusch that put them on the 3-yard line. Two plays later K. Ross made his way into the end zone to make the score 7-10 with 6:30 left in the half. Second Baptist responded to the score by taking the ball down to their 10 before turning the ball over on a spectacular interception by J. Dotson. Dotson returned the ball 40 yards to set up the Crusader offense on their own 40. With 2 minutes left in the half the Crusaders went to work moving the ball down the field in an effort to tie or go up at half. The Crusaders were able to matriculate the ball down the field and score on a 1-yard K. Ross TD with 15 seconds left on the clock. The Crusaders went into the half leading 14-10. The lead didn’t last long in the 2nd half after a fumbled kick off return led to a 2nd Baptist score with 8 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Down 10-16 the Crusaders responded by scoring in three plays. G. Dennis capped off the three-play drive with a 13-yard TD. His score along with the extra point put the crusaders up 21-16. Led by another big play by J. Dotson, the Crusader defense kept 2nd Baptist out of the end zone at the eight-minute mark in the 4th quarter. The last thirty seconds of the game saw more scoring that the previous twenty minutes. Second Baptist punched in a TD with 27 seconds left on the clock to go up by one. On the ensuing two-point conversion, P. Labrada and F. Dowling lifted and slammed the QB into the ground to ensure that CLHS would win on a field goal if they could get in range with 27 seconds left. The Crusaders got the ball with at their own 34 with 21 seconds left. After two failed plays and using their final timeout, the Crusaders were left with 15 seconds and 57 yards to pay dirt. A. Garza dropped back as precious seconds ticked off of the clock and heaved a desperation throw. D. Smith from Second Baptist tracked the throw and was able to get a hand on the ball, but it deflected backward to C. Howard who caught it on the 36-yard line. The Crusaders were able to get up to the ball and spike it to stop the clock with 8 seconds left. On second down Garza threw an incomplete pass leaving 6 seconds left on the clock. On third down Garza found a wide-open Howard who advanced the ball to the 20 and got out of bounds with 2 seconds left in the game. To make matters worse for the Eagles a roughing the passer penalty was called, which put the ball on the 10. In the mayhem of the situation the Crusaders lined up and snapped the ball and the kick was blocked, but the ball was snapped before the officials were ready and they replayed the down. On the next play the Crusaders were penalized for a false start and the ball was placed on the 15. Once the Crusaders calmed down and realized the clock was stopped they executed a perfect snap, hold and kick. J. Marsh drilled the game winning field goal as time expired and the Crusaders and their fans celebrated the hard fought victory.

The Crusaders are now 2-0 on the season. They will take on the Bulldogs from Hitchcock at 7:30 the Friday.

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