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Cedarcrest freshman fall to Bellevue

The rumors were true. The Bellevue freshman football team

had sixty-something players. And so far, mighty Bellevue had dominated,

and every player had played in every game. They all played in the

game against us, too, but many of them only played a few plays. When time

finally ran out, Bellevue knew that they had played a tough team in a tough game.

The opening kickoff did not bode well for what was in store

for Cedarcrest. Their return man took the ball straight up the middle and

scored on a 70-yard kickoff return. Bellevue fans were ecstatic and thought that

it was going to be a blowout, but our offense showed them that it ain't

over until it's over. The two-point conversion made the score 0-8.

As much as we wanted to score on the kickoff return, we did not.

Our offense took the ball on about the 30-yard line. Our fullback,

Rob Westerman, took the first play right up the middle for about a 12-yard gain.

Then on the second play, Dan Merrick took the ball around the outside

and scored on a 60-yard romp. We missed the two-point conversion and the

score was Cedarcrest 6 _ Bellevue 8.

Bellevue took possession of the ball on about the 35-yard line on

the ensuing kickoff. On their first offensive play, they took the ball

outside and scored. It looked like it was going to be a very long night with lots

of points scored. Bellevue did not make the extra point, and the score was

6-14.

On our next possession, we ran three plays and then punted.

Bellevue made their only sustained offensive drive and scored again to make it

6-20. It looked grim for Cedarcrest, but the next few series for each team

ended in punts. Our defense had kept the ball out of the end zone and was

shutting down their running game. Defensive ends, Cody Pettersen and Kyle

Pierce, kept the runners from going outside, and the rest of the defense made

sure they gained few yards. The score at the end of the first quarter

remained 6-20, but we were starting our second scoring drive.

We started the second quarter with the ball and a little momentum

from the defensive stands. The offensive line made the four backs look good

as we ran the ball. We ended the drive with a 30-yard pass for a

touchdown from Josh Testerman to Merrick. The score was 12-20.

The defense held Bellevue in their last drive of the half, but the final

play was almost a disaster as many of our players thought the play was

over when the horn sounded during the middle of a play. A long pass

completion was made which should have been a loss of yardage on a sack, but

the score at the half remained Cedarcrest 12 _ Bellevue 20.

In the third quarter we started with the ball and drove the ball right

down the field. Good runs from Westerman, Testerman, and Tom Harding kept

the momentum from the second quarter alive. A Testerman run scored but

was called back by a clipping penalty on Pettersen. Pettersen made up for

it though when a couple plays later he caught an 8-yard touchdown pass

to make the score 18-20.

A mental mistake on the kickoff team was all that was needed to

momentarily take the wind out of our sails. The return back who caught

the ball returned the kickoff for a touchdown to make it 18-28.

The third quarter ended with a Cedarcrest offensive drive that

seemed to end after three plays and a punt by Garrett Wolf. The drive was kept

alive by a fumble recovery at the Bellevue 35-yard line. On third and long, a

pass was sent aloft to Merrick. It seemed to be pass interference before an

interception, but the no call gave Bellevue the ball with first and ten

on our 45. Bellevue tried to take the ball outside with a sweep but

Pettersen made the tackle for a loss. They tried again with a double-reverse, but

again we stopped them for a loss of yardage. Their third play went inside

and got nowhere.

We received their punt but went three and out again due to good

defensive play by Bellevue. Bellevue scored to make it 18-35 with

under two minutes left in the game.

We took the ball on our own 35-yard line and started the last drive

of the game. The first two plays gave us little yardage. The third play was

a power play to the right side. Harding took the ball past the Bellevue

defense to score on about a 60-yard run. The snap on the extra point attempt

was high and no kick was made. The final score was Cedarcrest 24 _

Bellevue 35. The Bellevue coaches were impressed with the play of the

Cedarcrest freshmen. Compliments abounded after the game. The Bellevue

players knew that they had been in a battle that could have gone either way. But

the battle ended with Bellevue as the victor and coach Miyoshi with a full

head of hair. (You need to ask a freshman football player about the hair bit.)

And though some rumors are true, sometimes the mighty do fall. Even as

the Cedarcrest freshmen had this night.

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