OLATHE, KS – When Coach Tom Hurley scheduled a mid season game against 4A Coffeyville’s Field Kindley high school, he knew it would be a challenge and his Patriots’ effort did not disappoint despite falling 24-14. The loss broke Christ Prep’s win streak at 4. Big plays turned the tide of the game, especially a controversial fumble which ended a Patriot threat to score and resulted in a TD for the Golden Tornados just before halftime. In the 2nd quarter, with CPA at the Field Kindley 20 yardline and trailing 8-0, quarterback Noah Blair threw to Caden Ferren and the ball was jarred loose. The fumble, though it looked like an incompletion, was picked up by Tornado defensive back CJ Kelly who scampered 90 yards for a touchdown and a 16-0 halftime lead.
Christ Prep battled back and drove for a score in the 3rd quarter using their Wildcat package and Sway Jenkins outran the Tornado defense for an 8 yard TD to make it a 16-8 game. But again the Tornados were able to take advantage of favorable officiating when Kelly turned what looked like an incomplete pass or at least a completion down at the point of reception because Kelly’s knee was down into a 43 yard gain. This set up the Tornado’s final TD to make the score 24-8.
Christ Prep did not threaten to score again until the final moments of the game when Blair found slot receiver Grant Stamatis in the back of the endzone. Still, the team battled throughout the contest. The Patriots outgained the Golden Tornados 210-193 in total yards. But CPA struggled to sustain drives and only converted 1 third down attempt out of 12 tries. Blair led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 51 yards and Connor Hurley followed up with 43 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, the Patriots were led by Luke Sato who finished with 12 total tackles. Stamatis, Hurley and Blair were all in on six. CPA did not force a turnover.
- Field Kindley is the first Kansas 4A Christ Prep has played.
- In the Patriots two losses (Olpe & Field Kindley) they failed to force a turnover.
- Blair account for most of the Patriot offensive production with 84 yards passing and 51 rushing.
- Sato’s 12 tackles were a season high.
- Coach Hurley – “We knew this game would be like this. We know what kind of team we are and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
- Coach Hurley also announced that the homeschool football tournament would be moved to Atlanta because of hurricane damage to the area near Panama City.