Boys Varsity Football · Football Wins In OT Thriller

By: Linsey Waggoner

Pictures By: Lydia Schembre

On Friday, the Cardinal Ritter Football Team came out hungry for a win against Indiana Crossroads Conference rival, Scecina after losing close games to ICC teams the past two weeks.  There was high winds and rain coming in as the first signs of fall finally hit a Raider football game this year.  Even so, CRHS started off the game strong, as did the Crusaders, making it tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Scecina then came out and scored a touchdown but missed the crucial extra point at the very beginning of the second quarter.  After an unsuccessful Raider offensive possession, the Crusaders looked as though they were going to score another one as they were deep into the Red Zone.  However, the Cardinal Ritter defense held their ground as they have all year and Scecina was forced to turn the ball over on downs.

Justin Browder sparked the offense with a long run from scrimmage which put the Raiders in scoring position with the time ticking down in the first half.  Jack “Rabbit” Henninger was able to deliver a dime behind the Crusader defense to Aiden Robinson for a touchdown and with the Ben Valle extra point, the Raiders were ahead 7-6 going into the second half.

The second half brought another Cardinal Ritter touchdown as Ashton “The Round Mound of Touchdown” Hall bullied his way through the Scecina defense.  After another Valle conversion, the Raiders were up 14-6 and had all of the momentum.

Neither team was able to gain ground for most of the game, and the second half was no different as both team were battling the elements.  A first for many high school football players in the Indianapolis area for the 2019 season.  With time ticking down in the 4th quarter, the Crusaders were able to drive the distance of the field and score with about 2 minutes and 30 seconds left in the game.  After they were able to convert the 2 point play, the score was evened 14-14.

The Raiders had a chance to score again but were forced to give the ball back to Scecina with time on the clock and time outs.  The Crusaders drove down and had a chance to win in regulation but they missed a clutch field goal in the final seconds and the game went into overtime.

The Raiders got the ball first in OT and passed it around until they were a couple short yards from the end zone.  Cardinal Ritter then implemented their version of the wildcat offense, inserting Browder at quarterback.  The line was able to create a sliver for Browder to find and pushed him through to score.  After Valle kicked another extra point the Raiders were up 21-14.

Our defense once again proved to be too much for the Crusaders and they were unsuccessful in their overtime scoring efforts.  The Raiders were able to celebrated their victory, forgetting how cold it was and how wet they had to be from playing in these very unconventional circumstances.

Catch the Raiders next Friday as they play in their last regular season game at Cascade against the Cadets starting at 7 PM.