|Cal-Mum Football 2010|
Cal-Mum 20, Silver Creek 13
It was getting late and the school bus bringing the Caledonia-Mumford football team to the State Quarter-final football game had yet to show up at Buffalo’s All High Stadium. Come to find out, the bus was lost somewhere, out there, in Buffalo. Coach Monacelli could not have been pleased with this unforeseen development. Fortunately, for the bus driver, he found Bennett High School albeit late, and the players had to scurry to put their pads on and get ready for the game.
Waiting for Cal-Mum on the opposite side of the field were the Silver Creek Black Knights. The Black Knights were one week removed from defeating the defending Class D State Champion, The Randolph Cardinals. Make no mistake; the Silver Creek Black Knights have a very, very good football team. All that being said, make no mistake about this, the Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders were the better team on this night!
In many games there are defining moments. In this game, there appeared to be several of those moments for Cal-Mum. Certainly the biggest moment of the game had to belong to Christian Hallett. Silver Creek had just scored with 6:15 left in the game and they appeared to have the momentum on their side. Following the Silver Creek kickoff and with a little under five minutes to play in the game, it was obvious that the Raiders’ offense was struggling. Cal–Mum had the ball at the Cal-Mum 30-yard line in danger of giving the ball back to the surging Black Knights. Facing a big 3rd down and 14 yards to go play, Madison Suhr dropped back to pass and while under heavy Black Knight pressure, he lofted the pass down the center of the field where it would bounce off a well-covered Trevor Haut’s hands, right into the hands of the Raiders’ Christian Hallett. Hallett quickly collected himself and carried the pass reception to the Black Knights 41-yard line. From this point on, the offensive line kept pushing back a determined Silver Creek defense, which was desperately trying to stop the Raider drives. With the offensive line pushing the Knights backwards combined with Jon Cappotelli’s hard running, the Raiders produced two huge 1st downs, while running time off the game clock, eventually allowing Cal-Mum to take three knees to end the game.
Christian Hallett’s “Immaculate Reception” was not to be the only crucial play made by the Raiders. There were other Raiders making plays all over the field who contributed greatly to the Cal-Mum football teams victory over Silver Creek. Colin Callan played very well and had two big pass interceptions to go along with a team high 18 tackles. Quarterback Madison Suhr was on his game as he completed 6 of 7 pass attempts for 87 passing yards and one passing touchdown. The offensive line of Kyle Sickles, Alex Kenville, Mike Johnson, Adam Baldeck, Dan Riggi, Jake Oltmann and Dan Whiteside were the horses that pushed the Silver Creek defensive front back, giving the Raider runners precious room to run. Finally, there again was Christian Hallett; Halletts catch of a beautiful touchdown throw from Madison Suhr would push the Raider lead to 20 to 6, late in the 3rd quarter. Not to be lost in individual efforts was a great defensive stand near the Raider goal line at the start of the 4th quarter. All in all, it was a superior defensive effort throughout the game.
The Raiders started off the game with an offensive explosion. Tyler Lauffer returned the opening kickoff 57-yards to the Silver Creek 28-yard line. A 10-yard pass from Madison Suhr to Tyler Lauffer moved the ball to the Silver Creek 15-yard line where Jon Cappotelli took the hand off and ran the final 15-yards to the Silver Creek end zone. Cappotelli would run the 2-point conversion in, and with only 1:39 off the game clock, the Raiders were in the lead, 8 to 0.
The Black Knights were stopped short of 1st down yardage on their first offensive possession, forcing them to punt the ball back to Cal-Mum. The Raiders were moving down the field, pushing deep into Silver Creek territory behind the running of Trevor Haut and Jon Cappotelli. The drive would prematurely end when Silver Creeks’ Jon Jimerson stripped the ball from Cappotelli’s hands at the Silver Creek 24-yard line.
The Black Knights quickly turned the ball right back to the Raiders when on the 2nd offensive play of the Silver Creek series, Colin Callan intercepted a Cody Hehir pass at the Silver Creek 26-yard line. The Raiders used a 9-play drive to go the final 26-yards as Madison Suhrs quarterback sneak broke into the Silver Creek end zone. The 2-point conversion was no good but the Raider lead was extended to 14 to 0.
The Silver Creek Black Knights were on their heels and they needed a spark if they were to stay in the game. Jake Harford gave Silver Creek good field position when he returned the Raider kick off to the Silver Creek 49-yard line. The Black Knight offense responded and mounted a 7-play drive. The pivotal play of the series was a 19-yard run by Andrew Lanphere who carried the ball to the Cal-Mum 20-yard line. From here Cody Hehir would toss the ball to an open Zach Williams who would sprint 19-yards to the Raider end zone. The extra-point kick was missed and with 5:53 remaining before halftime, the Black Knights had clawed their way back into the game.
Neither team had much success in the final 5:00 of the 1st half as Cal-Mum went into halftime holding a slim 14 to 6 margin over Silver Creek.
Silver Creek received the 2nd half kick off and were immediately given excellent field position as Andrew Lanphere returned the kick to the Cal-Mum 44-yard line. The Black Knights had good field position and were poised to put some points on the board when Collin Callan picked off his 2nd interception of the game. Callan’s interception stopped the Black Knight drive and gave Cal-Mum the ball at the Cal-Mum 35-yard line.
With 9:49 left in the 3rd quarter, the Raiders went back to playing smash-mouth football. With the exception of a Jon Cappotelli 12-yard run early in the drive, all other runs were short yardage bursts. The drive was stalling at the Silver Creek 25-yard line and the Raiders were looking at a 4th down and 8 yards to go. Quarterback Madison Suhr dropped back and fired a perfect strike to a streaking Christian Hallett who was running a deep post route, the completion was good for the Raider touchdown. The Raiders again were stopped on the 2-point conversion but they gave themselves some breathing room with a 20 to 6 advantage.
The Black Knights refused to fold, as they would go on a 12-play scoring drive. Big plays in drive were made by Cody Hehir on a 13-yard pass completion to Zach Williams and another Hehir pass completion to Zeddie Williams, good for 11-yards and a Silver Creek 1st down. The Raider defense would stiffen, dig in its heels and stop the Silver Creek drive when the Black Knight came up 2-yards short on a 4th down and 3 from the Cal-Mum 5-yard line.
Pinned back deep in their end of the field, Cal-Mum could not secure a much-needed 1st down and the Raiders were forced to punt the ball back to Silver Creek. Matt Hartford’s punt went out of bounds at the CM 45-yard line. The Black Knights, with this good field position, used two short runs by Zach Williams to quickly move the ball to the Cal-Mum 32-yard line. The Raider defense again stiffened and forced a 4th down and 7 yards to go against Silver Creek. Black Knights’ quarterback Cody Hehir would sprint to his left, break defensive containment, and throw a nice 29-yard pass to Andrew Lanphere in the back of the Raider end zone. Steve Meyers’ extra-point attempt was good as the Black Knights captured the momentum and were back in the game, trailing by one score, 20 to 13.
Unfortunately for the Black Knights, they were never able to get the equalizing score against the Raiders as Cal-Mum would take ensuing Silver Creek’s kick off and methodically move the ball down field with the help of the big play coming from Christian Hallett’s circus catch. The game clock would run out and the game would end with Raider quarterback, Madison Suhr, taking three knees as the Black Knights, out of time-outs, stood helplessly by, unable to stop the clock.
The win was certainly a big one for Cal-Mum. Remember Raiders; the next game is always the most important game. Take care of the next game and things will take care of themselves. Respect your opponent! Don’t look too far down the road because right now, Walton is your opponent. Understand, everyone who is still playing, is playing for a reason, they are all good!
Jon Cappotelli led the Raiders on offense with 103 yards rushing in 25 carries. Lost in the hectic final drive of the night for Cal-Mum, was Jon Cappotelli ‘s passing of the 1000-yard rushing mark for the season. Capp’s season rushing total now stands at 1025 yards, congratulations to Jon Cappotelli. The Raider defense did a great job containing Silver Creek’s featured back Zack Williams. Williams contributed only 39-yards of rushing offense in 14 rushing attempts. Teammates Andrew Lanphere and Frank Sterlace each added 36-yards apiece in rushing department. Raider, Madison Suhr was 6 for 7 in the passing department for 87-yards and one TD while Black Knights’ Quarterback Cody Hehir was 6 for 11 for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Colin Callan had a huge game with
18 tackle to go along with his two interceptions. Jon Kemnitz followed Callan with 15
tackles. Zach Williams and Jon Jimerson, each with 11 tackles, led the Black
Cal-Mum’s Madison Suhr was honored in post game
ceremonies as the Far West Regional’s Offensive MVP while Zach Williams of Silver Creek
took home the Defensive Player of the Game honors. Next up for the Raiders is Section IV’s Walton.
The Warriors enter the state semifinal contest on the heels of a 20 to 0 victory over
Onondaga of Section III. The game is scheduled for Marina Auto Stadium this Friday
evening at 5:00 p.m. This is the next game, the most important game. The Raiders expect
to see the Raider Nation out in force to cheer on the Maroon and White.
It’s Raider Time! Go Raiders! Scoring Summary
Cal-Mum’s Madison Suhr was honored in post game ceremonies as the Far West Regional’s Offensive MVP while Zach Williams of Silver Creek took home the Defensive Player of the Game honors.
Next up for the Raiders is Section IV’s Walton. The Warriors enter the state semifinal contest on the heels of a 20 to 0 victory over Onondaga of Section III. The game is scheduled for Marina Auto Stadium this Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. This is the next game, the most important game. The Raiders expect to see the Raider Nation out in force to cheer on the Maroon and White. It’s Raider Time! Go Raiders!