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Cedarcrest frosh go 3-1-1
There were puddles on the sidelines but the rain had stopped in
time for the field to be dry. The rowdy Cedarcrest crowd was warm and
ready to cheer the Red Wolves to another victory. The people in the stands
were restless during the first half but turned it up in the second half, even as
the players did.
In the end, all doubts of a victory were erased, as the Red Wolves
beat the Interlake Saints, 42-7.
It was a game of superlatives. As usual, the offensive line created
hole after hole through which the backs made their way. The first
Cedarcrest possession ended in a 6-yard Tom Harding touchdown. The missed
point after made it Cedarcrest 6, Interlake 0.
Interlake's first drive resulted in lost yardage and a fumble, with
Josh Rosen recovering on the 10. Cedarcrest failed to score
and Interlake responded by moving to the Red Wolf 2. Great defensive play
kept Interlake out of the end zone, and on a run around the end, Josh
Testerman made a hard tackle that knocked the ball out of the runner's hands,
with Testerman recovering. The subsequent 98-yard drive ended with a reverse
by Dan Merrick, making it 12-0 following a failed two-point conversion
Cedarcrest kicked off to start the second half. A bone-crushing
tackle by Kyle Eldred appeared to cause a fumble, but Interlake held onto the
ball at their own 41. On the very first play from scrimmage, Jason Bresler
recovered an errant snap. Dan Merrick then caught a 35-yard pass, setting up a
6-yard Rob Westerman touchdown. The extra point was missed and the
score was 18-0.
Interlake needed a quick score on their next drive to get back some
of the momentum, and they succeeded.
The Saints' quarterback rolled out and threw to their running back,
who took the ball 69 yards for a touchdown. The extra point made it Cedarcrest
18 - Interlake 7, and it looked like the momentum was changing.
However, Dan Merrick used great blocking on the kickoff return to
get the ball beyond the 50-yard line. On the next play, Harding rambled
49 yards for the touchdown, making it 24-7.
The hits kept coming, with the Wolves forcing the fumble and
taking advantage of Interlake miscues. Subsequent scoring plays by
Testerman (24-yard run) and Merrick (20-yard run, 17-yard double reverse)
resulted in the final score of Cedarcrest 42, Interlake 7. The Saints repeatedly
tried to move the ball but fell victim to more fumbles and incomplete passes.
Special kudos go to the offensive line for again doing a fantastic job.
The linebacker core of Westerman, Alan Shults, Merrick, Harding
and Adam Greenstreet also deserve mention for holding the Saints - with
help from their defensive linemen - to very few yards rushing.
Although not everybody's name has been mentioned in this report,
all did their part in another Cedarcrest victory.