CRETE- The Cardinals varsity football team hosted the Minutemen of Lexington on a hot September 2nd. Both teams entered the contest with a 0-1 record, both losing in games where they scored 10 points or less.
The first half started out hot for the offenses though. Lexington had moved the ball all the way inside the Crete 35 yard line, but a high snap that went over the head of senior quarterback Daven Naylor would end up into the arms of senior linebacker Brayton Ziebig and Crete would get the ball right at about midfield. Even with only half the field to work with, the Cardinals took a lengthy seven minute possession, converting two fourth downs, and eventually punching in a three yard touchdown rush with junior running back Angel Martinez. Crete then missed the extra point, and led 6-0 after the first quarter.
After Naylor led the way for Lexington in the first possesion, the Minutemen decided to switch things up on their next drive going into the second quarter and put in senior quarterback Kaden West, who did have three years of experience as the Lexington quarterback. The offense moved right down the field, and eventually punched in a three yard touchdown rush by sophomore Cesar Cano. Lexington was able to knock through the extra point and Lexington led 7-6.
On the ensuing kickoff, junior Owen Heath fumbled the ball on the return and Lexington was able to recover with the ball right at about the Crete 30 yard line. After a first down rush that went no where, West zipped a pass to senior Jacksen Konrad who broke a couple tackles and went all the way in for a Lexington touchdown, which put the Minutemen up 13-6. Senior Zeke Lucas missed the extra point so that is how the game would stay.
Crete had a fantastic answer on the next drive though after giving up 13 unanswered. Senior quarterback Tadd TeBrink ran the option play to perfection on this drive, picking up chunk by chunk, and eventually ran in for a two yard touchdown rush near the end of the half. A bad snap kept the Cardinals from being able to tie it up though, and Lexington led Crete 13-12 at the half.
The second half would be much different for both teams. Offensively, the points were minimal. Crete especially, was still able to move the ball, but penalties and trouble inside the red zone kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Crete had moved into the red zone twice in the third quarter, but Lexington forced turnover on downs in both situations as Crete could not convert on two straight possessions on fourth down. Crete finished the game going 3-7 on fourth downs in the contest. After 3 quarters, Lexington still led 13-12.
Crete again in the fourth quarter was able to move the ball, taking another lengthy drive with some nice runs by Martinez. Lexington was able to make a stop inside the ten on a third down, and head coach Mark Newmyer, even with two missed PAT’s by Martinez in the contest, decided to put him out there to attempt the go ahead field goal. This time, Martinez had no problem with this one, shooting the ball right through the uprights on the 26 yard attempt, giving Crete a 15-13 lead with four and a half minutes remaining in the contest.
It was last chance for Lexington. After a nice return, a horse caller tackle and a pass interference call gave Lexington 30 free yards and well into Crete territory. They had moved the ball all the way inside the 25 yard line of Crete, but then the Cardinals stepped up. Lexington had a 3rd and 8 from the Crete 23 yard line, and couldn’t convert. With just over a minute left, Crete was able to just run it out, and picked up their first win of the season 15-13 over Lexington.
For Lexington, West finished 9-13 with 109 yards passing and a touchdown. The running game really struggled though, with 17 rushes for only 36 yards. For Crete, it was the TeBrink and Martinez show. TeBrink ran 28 times for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Martinez ran 18 times for 115 yards and a touchdown. Crete finished with a total of 282 yards on the ground. Penalties were big in this one as Crete committed 14 penalties for 115 yards, and were still able to pick up the victory.
Lexington fell to 0-2 and will host Norris in their first home game of the season, while Crete improved to 1-1 and will hit the road to play Elkhorn North.
Source: Regional Sports