adidas canada advances to 3A state championship
“We’ve been following them and had this circled for sure,” Cruz said. “Just a great Football program to beat. I’m proud of the way we started the game.”
It was a dream start to this 3A semifinal that was the difference as Casteel took advantage of early turnovers and led 21 0 after one quarter. A Mack Johnson 9 yard touchdown run sandwiched in between the arm displayed by Cruz.
Leading 14 0 in the first quarter, and facing third and medium, Cruz unleashed it 53 yards in the air in stride to Khyheem Waleed. The 73 yard score deflated the Patriots sideline temporarily.
Patriots quarterback Matthew Nevill went to work just before the half finding
Carter Taylor, and Tanner McClachlan to move it. Tarrick Workman finished the drive and cut the deficit to 21 7 at the break.
An otherwise uneventful third quarter wouldchange in a flash and essentially the outcome. Cruz found Brandt Goodwin on a wheel route at the pylon. The crazy catch would provide the space needed.
“The line stayed blocking for Nick and I just had to keep moving to get to the spot,” added Brandt Goodwin.
A last ditch effort by the defending state champs fell short. As they got two scores late coupled with an onside kick. But their defense couldn’t get the stop necessary on 3rd down late.
Casteel Head Coach Spencer Stowers was ecstatic and felt it was mostly the defense this evening.
“This is huge for the school obviously,” Stowers said. “Three years in the making. The kids have bought in and worked extremely hard to get here. Pleased with our defense there in the first half setting the tone with two takeaways.”