Warriors Fight Hard for Second District Win
October 27, 2012
It was football weather on Friday night as cooler temperatures and a strong wind blew into The Stadium at Cypress Christian. It was a must win game for the Warriors to secure a playoff spot and CCS trailed early to a talented Woodlands team that was 2-0 in district play. The Warriors would rally in the second quarter and then pitched a shutout in the second half to gain a second straight district win. The victory improved the Warriors to 2-1 in district play and has them solidly in second place. The win also nearly locks in the Warriors for a 5th straight trip to the playoffs.
The game featured spectacular plays on every side of the ball as the defense came up with four turnovers, special teams was nearly flawless with an onside kick recovery and the offense turned in one of its best games of the year. The highlight of the night for the offense was when Frank Aufmuth broke the school record for catches in a season by hauling in 8 to give him 53 on the season. The Junior wide out has over 700 yards receiving and 6 TDs with two more regular season games and the playoffs to go. Andrew Wilson distributed the ball to six different receivers while going 17 of 30 including two TD passes.
Another story line was the all around play of sophomore strong safety, Will Echols. He had two interceptions and 6 tackles on defense but also touched the ball in many other ways. He entered into a starting role on offense when Jake Borkovich was sidelined with an injury. He carried the ball 8 times for 56 yards including two second half TDs. Will had 3 catches for 34 yards, had several great punts and even completed a pass.
After falling behind by 6 late in the first quarter the Warriors would take the lead early in the second when Wilson hit Bobby Miller in the back of the endzone for an 8 yard TD pass. The defense forced a three and out and just three plays later Wilson found Aufmuth for a 10 yard TD pass. The Woodlands did score late in the half on a long pass play to cut the lead to 14-12 at half time.
CCS had to kick off into a strong wind in the third quarter and opted for a surprise as Landen Nealy and the kickoff team executed a slow rolling onside kick that Nealy recovered. The Warriors did not score on this extra possession but it set the tone for a solid second half. After a forced fumble by Gray Dansby the Warriors went on a 7 play 39 yard drive that was capped off by the first Will Echols rushing TD of the night. CCS closed out the scoring with a 10 play 96 yard drive to take a 16 point lead in what would be the final score of 28 to 12.
Matt Bancroft sealed the game and ended a great night with an interception late in the game as Woodlands was driving into Warrior territory. There were some great plays made off the field as well as three freshman Cale Souldier, Adam Thompson and Chris Geyer put on their coaching hats and helped the offense and the defense call plays.
The Warriors will be on the road next Friday night as they travel to Rosehill Christian for a 7pm kickoff. Rosehill defeated Galveston O'Connel for its first district win last week. The Warriors will host Galveston on Senior Night, November 7 at CCS. Click here for directions to Rosehill.