September 8, 2012
Frank Aufmuth takes the ball away from a defender for one of his record tying 10 catches.
If you are looking for great high school football, it can be found on Friday nights at the Stadium at Cypress Christian. For two straight weeks, the Warriors have battled for all four quarters and then a little more. The Warriors simply do not quit, and if you were in the stands when they drove 80 yards in less than two minutes to send the game to overtime, you would understand. The Warriors trailed most of the game after giving up an early score and a long second quarter drive. The Warriors did get on the board at the end of the first quarter after Paul Odeyomi forced a fumble and three plays later Tommy Glazier hit Frank Aufmuth for a 21 yard TD catch. It would be the first of 10 completions between the senior QB and junior WR. Aufmuth tied the school record held by two CCS graduates, Andrew Galloway and Garrett Higginbotham, with 10 receptions in a game.
The second half did not start well for the Warriors with a fumble on the opening kickoff, but the defense set the stage for what would be a hard fought half of football by forcing a 3 and out that ended in a missed field goal. The Warriors had to punt on their next series but a bombing kick by Will Echols and a big hit by Gray Dansby resulted in Andrew Martinez picking up a fumble recovery. The Warriors had to settle for a Landen Nealy field goal to close the score to 14-10.
The Warriors needed one final drive and they did it in just 98 seconds as they went 80 yards. Glazier completed 5 passes to Aufmuth on the drive including one on 4th down. However, it was a spectacular catch of a tipped ball by Andrew Wilson that tied the game and sent it to overtime.
In overtime, the Warriors went to the ground and Blaise Fontenot recorded his first rushing touchdown of the season from three yards out. Lutheran South would score to tie the game and in the second overtime, they would score to take the lead but miss the extra point. When Cypress got the ball for the first time in the second overtime, they went deep to Aufmuth one last time for a 25 yard TD catch, his second of the game. Landen Nealy then split the uprights to give the Warriors the win.
The Warrior defense was led by Paul Odeyomi with 13 tackles and a forced fumble and Dan Crozier with 13 total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Josiah Dalton turned in 1.5 sacks and Gray Dansby had 11 tackles and a forced fumble. Will Echols came from safety to record 1.5 tackles for loss and in total the Warriors had 10 tackles for loss against Lutheran South.
Both teams played with great effort and determination. Both teams represented Christ and their schools well in what was a tremendous game that showed what true competition is all about.
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This Friday, the Warriors will travel to Austin to take on the Knights of Austin Regents. It will be another tough test. The game will stream live. Click here to view the live stream.