|Cal-Mum Football 2010|
Letchworth defeats Raiders 13 to 0
Cal-Mum and Letchworth put on a slugfest at Hamilton Field and Sports Complex this past Friday night but unfortunately for the Raiders, it was the Indians who came away with the victory. The two veteran teams stood toe-to-toe exchanging offensive and defensive blows. The Indians by virtue of a late 1st half short pass play, turned big-play and a 2nd half short-field touchdown drive escaped from Caledonia with the big win.
The Raiders appeared to have the slightly better of the overall play in the 1st half. That was a positive but when you factor in two big mistakes by the Indians’ that the Raiders failed to capitalize on, you just had a feeling that this was not to be the Raider’s night.
The first Indian mistake was a bad snap to the Letchworth punter Ryan Owens, whose hurried punt was muffed and went out of bounds at the Letchworth 33-yard line. The Raiders offense could only advanced the ball six yards and turned the ball back over to Letchworth, on downs. Letchworth’s next offensive series ended with a snap over the quarterback’s head, which was recovered by Raiders’ Dan Whiteside at the Indians’ 33-yard line. Three incomplete passes and a run later, the Indians had the ball back once again.
This second big Letchworth defensive stand in the 1st half left only 55 seconds remaining on the clock. It looked like both teams were content to head to the locker room and regroup for the 2nd half. The first play of the series for Indians’ wide receiver Matt Mayle took a simple look-in pass and with a good individual effort, manage to break containment and outraced the Raider defense 70-yards for the Indian touchdown. Ryan Owen’s PAT kick put the Indians up on the stunned Raiders 7 to 0 with just seconds left in the 1st half.
The Indians came out in the 2nd half and established control of the contest. Using time-consuming drives; the Indians put the pressure on the Raiders to put up a score. Letchworth’s drives and solid punting gave them good field position for most of the 2nd half. The Indians, on their fourth possession in the 2nd half, finally got excellent field position at the CM 47-yard line. A Chris Nevinger 22-yard sweep play started the Indians on this offensive series. Following the rushing effort by Nevinger, Letchworth began pounding the ball at the Raiders’ defensive front. The Indians slowly moved the ball down to the Raider goal line. Chris Nevinger would finally take the ball over from the 2-yard line, for the Letchworth touchdown. Ryan Owen’s PAT was wide to the left but the Indians had taken control of the game, 13 to 0 with only 7:10 remaining in the contest.
The Raiders made a frantic effort to get back into the contest by using a hurry-up offense. The Raiders, after having their offense look stagnant for most of the 2nd half, began to show signs of life. Mixing passing and running plays the Raider slowly moved down field. The Indians were very careful not to let any Raider receiver get deep down field, content on keeping the Cal-Mum receptions to short gains. The 13-play drive finally ended with an incomplete pass at the Letchworth 25-yard line, with only 29 ticks left on the clock. The Indians offense took a final knee to end the hard-fought contest.
The Raiders and the Indians were, for the most part, statistically close for the game. The Indians held a 175 to 161 yards rushing advantage and a slight 94 to 84 passing advantage over the Raiders. The only significant advantage the Indians had over the Raiders was in the time of possession where the Indians held a 26:30 to 21:32 advantage over the Raiders. Contributing to this discrepancy was the way that Letchworth use the run to work the clock in the 2nd half; while the Raiders used the run and pass in an attempt to get back into the contest.
The Raiders were led in rushing by Jon Cappotelli
with 99 yards in 17 carries while Letchworth’s Chris Nevinger accounted for 130-yards
rushing in 30 rushing attempts. Raider QB Matt Hartford completed 13 of his 26 passing
attempts; good for 84 yards while Indians’ Ryan Owens was 4 of 9 for 94 yards, including
the 70-yard touchdown toss to Matt Mayle. Madison Suhr had a good night, especially late
in the game. Suhr finished the contest with 9 receptions, good for 50 receiving yards.
Defensively, Jon Kemnitz led the Raiders with 13
tackles while Colin Callan and Trevor Haut were close behind with 12 tackles apiece.
David Wooley led Letchworth on defense with 10 tackles. The Raiders do not have much time to regroup from
the Letchworth loss. Cal-Mum will be heading to Avon this coming Friday for what is expected
to be another difficult contest. The Braves are fresh off a big victory over LeRoy and the
win has sent them to the top of LCAA Division II standings. Sometime a loss is good, it is how you respond to
the loss that says volumes about your character. Buckle the helmets up boys; it is time
now to get after the Braves! Go Raiders! Scoring Summary
Defensively, Jon Kemnitz led the Raiders with 13 tackles while Colin Callan and Trevor Haut were close behind with 12 tackles apiece. David Wooley led Letchworth on defense with 10 tackles.
The Raiders do not have much time to regroup from the Letchworth loss. Cal-Mum will be heading to Avon this coming Friday for what is expected to be another difficult contest. The Braves are fresh off a big victory over LeRoy and the win has sent them to the top of LCAA Division II standings.
Sometime a loss is good, it is how you respond to the loss that says volumes about your character. Buckle the helmets up boys; it is time now to get after the Braves!