SPRINGFIELD, MO – Christ Prep came into the Nov. 2nd contest ready to show why they were ranked #1 in the NHFA Homeschool Football poll and assured any doubters they were worthy with a 36-14 statement game over a Lighthouse team who had plenty of motivation. The Chargers, ranked #4, likely needed a win to remain in the top four teams at the season ending homeschool football tournament and on top of that it was senior day. The Charger passing game could not find gaps in the Patriot defensive secondary and quarterback Colby Fields was under pressure most of the day and finished with a season low 59.2 QB Rating. Meanwhile, Christ Prep quarterback Noah Blair rushed for over 100 yards for the second consecutive week many times getting huge gains on quarterback sneaks behind center Geoffrey Wiles.
CPA forced Fields to fumble on his own 42 yardline and the Patriots never threw a pass to march to the endzone with Blair, Connor Hurley and Sway Jenkins doing the damage. Jenkins finished the drive with a 12 yard run up the middle. But the Chargers came roaring back and marched 65 yards on a pass from Fields to senior Trey Bess for a TD and the 2-point conversion gave them the 8-7 lead.
The teams traded fumbles and then Blair picked off his 5th pass of the season and nearly returned it for a TD but was tackled at the 8 yardline. Three plays later Blair followed Wiles block into the endzone. The Patriots had possession of the ball for nearly the entire 2nd quarter marching 50 yards in 12 plays for another Blair quarterback sneak. The Chargers fumbles away the ensuing kickoff and CPA ran another 7 plays before being forced to punt. As the half ended, the fog and condensation rolled onto the field making for wet conditions despite the rain having subsided several hours before the game.
Lighthouse was rejuvenated in the second half and after being forced to punt were able to recover the ball that bounced off a CPA blocker. Now set up at the CPA 12 the Chargers were able to score 7 plays later and make it a 22-14 score.
The teams traded punts but then CPA scored on a 39 yard pass from Blair to Cadin Ferren and Grant Gilkeson’s extra point was good to make it 29-14 after 3 periods. Connor Hurley snagged his first interception of the season and the Patriots were marching when Blair was intercepted by Noah Miller. Lighthouse had joy turn to sorrow though when on the next play Gavin Bess got behind the Patriot defense and it looked as though he might score but Noah Blair knocked the ball loose and Grant Stamatis recovered at the Lighthouse 15 yardline.
Offensive coordinator Tim Hammack then kept the ball on the ground for all but one of the 12 plays as the Patriots marched for a touchdown that sealed game. The win brought the Patriots within one game on the all-time series between the two schools, 6-7.
- Lighthouse dominated the Junior High game prior to the varsity game 66-8.
- CPA has won the last two games in the series by a combined score of 61-26.
- The 4 forced fumbles was a season high, as was the three fumbles recovered.
- This made the 5th time this season that the Patriots intercepted two or more passes.
- Coach Chris Jones – “This was a statement game. The guys went out and took that game away from them in the 4th quarter. They couldn’t do anything in the 4th quarter.”
- Coach Hurley – “We shot ourselves in the foot so many times. But it’s what we’ve been talking about all season about moving on to the next play. We know we are going to have two tough games in Georgia. We have a target on our backs.”
- Coach Hammack – “I have to hand it to the offensive line. They pounded the rock all game.”