5A No.8 Bishop Kelley Upsets No.4 Collinsville

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series Football

Story By: Devyn Lyon

            The 5A No. 4 Collinsville Cardinals faced a difficult game against the No. 8 Bishop Kelley Comets. The previous year, Collinsville had knocked B.K out of the playoffs by stopping them from scoring on the 1-yard line. The two teams now lined up again for a decisive district match.

The Cardinals gained a quick momentum early in the 1st Qtr. Brett Erickson (#11) caught an interception for Collinsville and put the team within scoring range. The fantastic field goal range was capitalized by Seth Weiser (#6) who scored the 3-point kick at 27yrds.

Though they quickly gained the lead, the Cardinals struggled the rest of the half. Several passes were dropped, and running the ball was difficult after numerous offensive penalties pushed the varsity boys deep in their own territory. 2 interceptions were thrown and the Comets used both in order to score 2 of their 3 touchdowns of the 1st half. The big-red Cardinal defense persisted to give Collinsville back their momentum. Several tackles were made and even an extra point for Bishop Kelley was caused to be missed by the intense defensive pressure. The 1st half ended with B.K leading with an indomitable score of 20-3.

At the start of the 3rd Qtr, the Cards came out with a challenging reproach towards the Comets. The defense pushed Bishop Kelley away from the end zone, forcing them to punt nearly every drive. The Varsity boys in red held their opponents to a zero-score drive in the 3rd Qtr. When the Comets made their 1st strong offensive drive of the 2nd half, Carson Stout (#2) caught an interception, giving Collinsville back the ball. The defense continued to hold the Bishop Kelley offense to only a total of 8 points through the conclusion of the game.

Offensively, Collinsville pushed back just as fierce. Brett Erickson (#11) received a 33yrd. Pass from Seth Boomer (#12) which set Collinsville in position for a touchdown scored off a 9yrs reception by Hayden West (#33). Seth Weiser (#6) made the PAT and the core was then 20-10 at the end of the 3rd Qtr.

Collinsville’s QB and captain, Seth Boomer (#12), led the night for the most passing yards. The senior threw for 111 yards and a touchdown. Boomer was often pressured, forced to run, and was sacked several times throughout the night. The Cardinal QB held a 6/22 completion rate in his passes, but nearly all 22 passes were placed exactly where they were needed.

Rushing yards were tough to come by for both teams. The Cards rushed 24 times for merely 55yrds. The numerous amounts of penalties and turnovers seemed to cause this insurmountable difficulty for both teams. The Comets had 11 penalties for 95 yards and Collinsville was given 9 penalties for 91 yards. There were also 3 fumbles recovered by the defenses and 4 interceptions were thrown. Collinsville had lost 2 of the 3 fumbles, but had only given away 2 of the 4 total INTs.

At the end of the 2nd half, both teams continuously carried the ball up and down the field. Though the Cardinals were competing with fire in their hearts, the clock seemed to run out too quick. The Comets then scored again late in the 4th QTR. And although there was no way for Collinsville to score in 3 more offensive drives, the Bishop Kelley Comets pointlessly extended their lead with a 2pt-conversion. When the final buzzer sounded, the Comets had won with a final score of 28-10.

The cardinals were heavy with disappointment, but kept their heads high in hope for the season. The team reassured their fans that this loss will not set the tone for their district games this season. They still continue to strive to show true heart and do everything within their power to live up to the high hopes set for them this season.


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