The Wilson Hall football team was able to move the football pretty well against Cardinal Newman on Friday at Spencer Field. However, four turnovers made it hard for the Barons to get into the end zone.
WH only trailed 7-6 at halftime, and a …
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WH only trailed 7-6 at halftime, and a turnover just before the half likely left in that position. Three more turnovers in the second half limited it in making a run as the Cardinals went on to a 35-13 victory.
"We're just not good enough where we can turn the ball over like that," said Wilson Hall head coach Adam Jarecki, whose team dropped to 1-6, both overall and in SCISA 3A play. "We played hard, and we had our opportunities, but we just can't afford to do that."
The Barons were poised to go into the locker room at halftime of the homecoming game with the lead. They took over at their 20-yard line following a punt and proceeded to drive to a first down with under a minute left. A 34-yard pass from quarterback Tate Sistare to running back Graham VanPatten set them up.
After a 1-yard run by VanPatten, Sistare rolled out and looked to the end zone. However, he was intercepted by linebacker John Heimes in the end zone to thwart any scoring opportunity.
CN, which improved to 4-4 overall and 3-4 in 3A games, received the second-half kickoff. It put together a 7-play 60-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by running back Jalen Crumpton. Jake Cowan added the extra point to make it 14-6 with 9:16 left in the third quarter.
Wilson Hall moved to the Cardinal Newman 35 on the ensuing drive, but was unable to capitalize. It turned the ball over on downs on fourth down and seven yards to go.
"The start of the second half was really big," Jarecki said. "They came out and had that scoring drive, and then we were unable to respond. We needed to answer there."
The Cardinals fumbled the ball away on the next play however, with Wilson Hall recovering at the CN 47. After a couple of penalties moved the Barons back, an 18-yard run by VanPatten, who rushed for 203 yards on 22 carries, had them back at the 35. On the next play though, WH lost he ball on a fumble.
CN put together a 64-yard scoring drive, with Shanye Monsanto scoring from six yards out with 1:14 left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Sistare was intercepted by linebacker Charlie Skehan at midfield. He returned it for a touchdown, breaking the game open at 28-6.
VanPatten broke off a 53-yard scoring run to make it 28-13, but it was too little, too late.
Wilson Hall saw its hopes of making the playoffs almost snuffed out with the loss. The Barons still have a chance of getting in, but a couple of things needed to happen.
"That's our goal; we want to make the playoffs," Jarecki said. "We just have to do what we can and see what happens."
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