Unbeaten CBC holds off determined Francis Howell in season finale
By: Jonathan Duncan
On a crazy night that featured two power outages, host CBC turned the ball over five times and had little offensive rhythm as the Francis Howell defense led by standout linebacker Calvin Munson made life rough all game long on Friday night.
In the final minutes of play, CBC found its resolve as Aarion Penton broke off a 19-yard first down run that allowed the Cadets the keep the ball, run out the clock, and hang on for an epic 13-10 victory in the regular season finale for both clubs.
A game that was looked at by many as perhaps “The Game Of The Season”more than lived up to the hype as CBC’s defense forced three Howell turnovers in moving to 9-0.
“It was a great defensive game on both sides of the ball,” CBC coach Scott Pingel said. “They (Howell) were a quality team and I knew it going and they have tremendous guys on defense and we have tremendous guys on defense.It was a good battle.”
Howell (8-1), which dropped its first game of the season, scored on its first drive as the Vikings drove to down to the CBC 14-yard line before settling for a 31-yard Zac Perkins field goal to go up 3-0.
CBC struggled to move the ball against the Howell defense almost the entire first half but the Cadets did find the end zone just before the half. Cadets quarterback Tyler Creath found Penton with an 18-yard deep curl pass for a touchdown.
The point after kick was blocked by the Vikings and CBC took a 6-3 lead into the intermission.
A 2-yard touchdown pass from Creath to Tyris Lockhart extended the CBC lead to 13-3 with 6:57 left in the third quarter.
Howell had a chance to cut into the lead with 7:57 left in the fourth quarter but Perkins’ 42-yard field goal try was just short of the goalpost.
After holding CBC again, the Vikings offense finally got moving again.
A six-play drive capped by a Munson’s one-yard pitch and run around left end for a score made it 13-10 with just 3:57 left.
Forced to make some plays with just 3:20 left, the CBC offense came up big. On third and 11 at the 20, Penton took an inside handoff and spun and danced his way 19 yards for a first down.
“We tried to throw it a little bit and he did a pretty nice job and picked up key first down,” Pingel said.
That possession left Howell forced to burn all of their timeouts as CBC would drive down to the Howell 29 yard line before kneeling down to run out the clock and leave Howell no more chances.
“At the very end of the game a three-point ballgame and we had two opportunities to get them off the field and give us a chance,” Howell coach Brian Koch said. “The backbone of our team is our defense, we’re going to pin them deep and we’re going to three and out them and put the game on our defense. We came out on the wrong end of the scoreboard tonight but our kids learned a lot tonight about themselves and about continuing the season.”