TROY, KS – Christ Prep traveled to Troy with a bitter taste in their collective mouths from a tough loss at #4 Olpe. They departed 20-19 victors over the Trojans in a hard fought contest that revealed the toughness and perseverance of this 2018 Patriots football team. CPA jumped on top of Troy by forcing a punt and then after Noah Blair scrambled for 25 yards, he found Grant Stamatis on the left sideline for a 45 yard gain on 3rd and 27. Sway Jenkins did the rest and after 3 carries, Christ Prep led 6-0.
Troy responded quickly! Three plays later, the Trojans scored on a QB run up the middle that went for 54 yards and a 7-6 lead. The teams then traded turnovers when Blair was picked off on the first offensive play and Grant Stamatis forced a fumble which Grant Gilkeson recovered. After both teams were forced to punt Stamatis set up CPA’s next score with a 23 yard punt return and then Blair connected with Stamatis for a 12 yard touchdown to extend the Patriot lead. For the reminder of the half, the defenses dominated.
The second half was more of the same and Blair was picked off again and this time the Trojans returned it for a defensive touchdown. The Patriots responded with a long drive ended in a turnover on downs at the Troy 15 yardline. But the defense held again with Troy unable to run the ball and defensive tackles Tanner Bigg and Adam Wilkins accounted for 3 of the four tackles to stop the drive. Again, the defenses dominated the field and Gilkeson’s punting and Stamatis punt returns set up Christ Prep with a short field at the Troy 26. Stamatis then finished off the drive with a 4 yard touchdown run and fullback Connor Hurley rushed for the 2-point conversion to make the score 20-13.
Troy was unfazed and two plays later it was 20-19 before the Trojans extra point try was wide right. The Patriots were unable to run out the clock and Troy had one more try but the 36 yard field goal attempt was block by Blair to preserve the win.
Coach Tom Hurley said afterward, “This was a big win because this was a good team and we won despite mistakes.”
- Patriot defense only surrendered 2 touchdowns, Coach Jay Geeding’s defense has not allowed more than two scores in any game this year.
- Stamatis recorded 220 all-purpose yards and set the single season record for punt returns.
- Gilkeson and Bigg each recorded 2 tackles for loss against the Trojans.
- Wilkins on his play and the interception, “They were double teaming Tanner most of the time, so that made it easy, and if they were double teaming me then he would make the tackle so either way.”
- Wiles on the key to the win, “The key was going with the Wildcat in the 4th quarter. And never giving up!”
- Coach Tim Hammack on why he went with the Wildcat, “We didn’t have a choice. We had to score.”