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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, November 7th, 2021
Saturday night took me back to White Field in Newark, Ohio to watch the home team Newark Catholic battle the invading Caldwell Redskins. They last met way back in 2005, in the playoffs where the Redskins were the host. The Green Wave easily won that game 37-6. I remember the crowd was big, much bigger than the one last night and Marcus (Big Play) Wing had a solid game, for Newark Catholic.
The Red Skins received the opening kickoff their offense went four and out losing two yards in the process. Newark Catholic started their opening drive 63-yards from pay dirt and needed just one play, a 63-yard Mason Hackett run to go up 6-0. Warren Knowlton used his strong leg to increase the lead to 7-0, with his point-after kick.
The Redskins offense would manage to run 8-plays on their next drive but just totaled 9-yards on the drive, so they were forced to punt again. The ball would be spotted on the Redskins 46-yard line after said punt and once again Newark Catholic would need just one play to light up the scoreboard. Cole Canter dropped back to pass thanks to the offensive line he had all the time he needed to throw a pretty pass to
Brandon Buchanan for the score making this a 14-0 game, with 10:05 still left in the opening quarter.
The Redskins would line up to punt again but this time their talented do everything runningback Marshall Sayre took off and by an inch he picked up the first down. Cale Bender was stopped by hard-hitting
Elijah Wallace for no gain leading to the next Redskins punt.
Kyle Langenbrunner would pick up 15-yards on a nice run to help set up the Green Wave next score, which came on a 34-yard spring by Mason Hackett. After the point-after kick, we had a 21-0 game with 3:50 left in the quarter.
Alex Herlan would catch a swing-type pass but be plastered for a loss of one when he was immediately dropped by Wallace and Mason Hackett. Facing a fourth and four with 16.3 seconds left in the quarter Cale Bender threw a beautiful pass to Braxton Dudley for a 31-yard gain. Bender I was told his more of a running threat than a passing threat from the QB slot, but the kid, when he has time can sling it. Just seven seconds into the 2nd quarter, the Redskins promising-looking drive came to a halt due to a nice interception in the endzone by Langenbrunner. Langenbrunner just a Junior is going to be a nightmare for foes next year and then if he wants he is going to make some college coach real happy.
Cole Canter would use the work of his offensive line along with some nice field vision to pick up 32-yards. Canter is as solid as you get in this division of high school football. He has all the tools with 6-3 size. Sayre would be the speedbump on the Green Wave drive when he stopped Langenbrunner for a loss of two. Sayre, just a junior is a true stud especially for the offensive side of the ball. He is another player who will make some college coaches happy in a couple of years if he takes the college football route. Hacket would go up the gut for an easy 20-yard touchdown run with 2:38 left in the half making this a 28-0 game, after the point after kick was again good. Hacket is listed at 5-7 but he has more than enough speed to quiet anyone in thinking he is too small to carry the rock a lot. He has another year off high school left and I believe he could fit in really nicely at a place like Grove City College. (@CoachBaney) I know you are reading this so there is another lead for you)
The Green Wave offense was back on the field and used a 14-yard pass from Canter to Buchanan followed by a 19-yard pass to Buchanan to get things moving but on the 2nd pass, a blindside hit penalty was called to negate the gain. Canter and the Green Wave offense shrugged off the call by responding with an 11-yard completion to Buchanan then he hit Tristan Gorius for the 17-yard score to make this a 35-0 game.
Earlier in the game, the teams both missed field goals back to back to get things started in the 2nd half they traded interceptions. Bender was picked off by Kelly Wendt. On the next play, a Canter pass was tipped and Bender made the pick for Caldwell. Bender would take a sack by Conner Mckenna due to another bad snap losing 13-yards on the play. With the ball back on the 14-yard line after the sack, Bender handed the ball to Sayre who sprinted to the endzone for the score. Paisley Sidwell came in and nailed her point-after kick to make this a 35-7 game.
The final score of the game came with 10:01 left with Hacket blasting in from 34-yards out making our final score 42-7. Hacket I believe was over 200 yards on the night with his four scores. The score does not reflect the effort the Redskins showed on this night. They never allowed the fans to know they were beaten as they fought hard each play and when they walked over to their fans they received a nice hand for that effort.
Passing 5-12 2 INT’S
Passing 8-13 2TD’S
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