OLATHE, KS – Christ Prep learned to overcome mistakes and responded well when coming from behind to secure a 36-12 win over University Academy. The Patriots win gave them a 3-0 record on the season and a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series withe the Griffons. UA drove for a touchdown on the first possession of the game to put CPA behind on the scoreboard for the first time all season. Christ Prep regained the lead by driving 64 yards for a touchdown to take the lead 8-6. Connor Hurley pounded the Griffons all game and picked up 27 of his 124 yards rushing on a key 4th down and 2 dive play to sustain the drive.
The CPA defense which had not been tested shut down the UA passing attack for the remainder of the first half while the offense got big plays from Sway Jenkins and Jonathan Layman to score two more first half touc hdowns. Jenkins did not play in the second half because of an injury but exploded through the left side while dragging tacklers for a 29 yard gain. Hurley finished off that drive with a TD and Jenkins rushed for the 2 point conversion to make the lead 16-6.
Jenkins then sacked quarterback, Jaylen Whitelaw, to stop the Griffons and CPA took possession at their own 24 yard line. The Patriots drove for a touchdown and this time much of the damage was done through the air when Noah Blair found Layman on the left sideline for a 38 yard completion on 3rd down. The drive was finished off with a clever 10 run on 4th down and 4 with entire stadium looking for Blair to throw the ball so offensive coordinator Tim Hammack called a draw play and Hurley, not only picked up the first down, but strolled in for a TD to make the halftime score 22-6.
CPA found paydirt on their first drive of the second half highlighted by Blair connecting with Layman on a crossing route which Layman took down to the one yard line. Blair scored on the next play to make the score 28-6. The Griffons responded with a drive of their own when Whitelaw found his tight end in the left corner of the endzone and cut the lead to 28-12. Both defenses were able to force the offenses to turn the ball over on downs.
As the 4th quarter began, CPA marched down the field and freshman Paul Hernandez scored on a spectacular 20 yard run with a pile of defenders on him and his teammates pushing the pile forward until he fell in the endzone. Christ Prep dominated the game putting up 413 total yards of offense to University Academy’s 111.
In addition to the team opening the season undefeated, the win broke a tie in the all-time series as the Patriots now hold a 4-3 advantage with UA. Next up for CPA is Kansas 1A #4 ranked Olpe.
- 3rd straight 300+ yards of rushing for the team
- 430 total yards was a season high
- Hurley’s first 100+ yard rushing game combined with his first 2+ touchdown game
- Jenkins and Hernandez are over 100 yards rushing on the season with 205 & 122, that is good enough for 2nd & 4th all-time among freshmen behind Will Cook (349) and Tanner Metzdorf (173).
- Coach Hurley on how the team played – “We actually played better today than last week. We only had a couple of plays that hurt us.”
- Jonathan Layman on how he felt – “I had never caught a varsity pass before and it felt amazing. It’s just amazing. That first catch, I was on a wheel route and Noah threw it up there and just caught it. It was amazing.”