CL Freshman Naver Quit in Loss to Navarro, 34-28
Canyon Lake Freshman finished a very fine season with a six point loss to the District Champions
Navarro Panthers, 34-28 last Thursday night at Hawk Stadium.
CL started the game with an onside kick that was executed to perfection when Brandon Ward pounced on the ball on Navarro’s 44 yard line.
“We were kicking into the wind, so we figured we would have an onside kick,” Coach Levi Montgomery said.
The Hawks struggled on the first drive with their runs, but the pass play was very successful when Joseph Arredondo connected with Tavion Soliz twice, one pass was converting a fourth and seven from the Panther 42 yard line.
Three more running plays, then Arredondo found Soliz for a beautiful pass and catch from 17 yards out for their first score in this game.
Arredondo had his hand wrapped and was not expected to play in this game, “I had a hairline fracture and I did not want to sit out of my last game,” Arredondo said reverently. “My parent’s prayed over it (the hand) and I thought that I would be able to just punt and kick in the game.”
Navarro did not waste much time, as they also moved down the field with nothing but running plays and only two of their nine plays were four yard gains. The rest were consistently in the five to nine yards per hand off.
The 56 yard drive only took 3:35 seconds which gives you an idea of how fast paced their running game was humming.
Navarro passed more on their two point conversions than during the game.
Canyon Lake tied the game at 14 on their third possession with another key pass play to Soliz for 35 yards, setting up the Hawks with a first down on Navarro’s 17 yard line.
Another key play came from the feet of Arredondo as he ran a bee line down the sideline for 11 yards and first down.
The Panthers struck twice before halftime could get here. A 43 yard run from Cedrick Lewis was finished off with Anthony Grant skirting into the end zone from two yards out.
An onside kick was the next surprise as Navarro took advantage with two 20 yard runs that set up another score with only 32 seconds on the clock.
That touchdown would turn out to be the difference in this game.
Navarro had 51 total offensive plays and all but two were running plays out of the slot-T.
“We had to make sure to bust the line to get to the quarterback,” Defensive End Robert Woods tackled. “This game helped us to prepare for what teams will be doing next year.”
“Yes Sir,” Woods reacted when asked if he was going to be sore tomorrow.
Canyon Lake would end up winning the second half, 14-6 with a fumble recovery and a bend but don’t break defense against a Panther that never tires of running.
Navarro had a 16 play 58 yard drive that took eight minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter.
By the time Canyon Lake got the ball again, they only had 32 seconds to score. And score they did when Timothy Romero went right up the middle for a 66 yard run.
“I saw their defense line up with a different formation,” Flash Romero said quickly. “So I told Coach that we could do a dive right and then I just ‘juked’ their linebacker and then ‘truckem’ the defensive back.”
On what Romero was thinking when he broke into the clear, “I got this…I got this!”
Romero was running so fast that the clock showed two extra seconds on the clock after he scored. (Think of Superman reversing the world to go back in time)
I think you get the idea, Romero is fast.
The score had CL with only a successful on-side kick away in making a remarkable comeback. To no avail as Navarro snuffed out the comeback like their All-Hands team pounced on the ball.
This Freshman team had several injuries and was continually switching players to different positions this season but the results and resilience was a testimony to how hard this team finished their campaign.
“They (Navarro) was a physical team, but we can get stronger and build our team up and win district next year,” Arredondo spoke with confidence.
Game 10 1 2 3 4 Final Navarro Fresh. 6 22 6 0 34 Hawk Freshman 8 6 6 8 28 Scoring Summary: CLF-Tavion Soliz 17 yd pass from Arredondo (Woods pass from Arredondo), 5:35, 1st NAV-Cedrick Lewis 9 yard run (pass failed), 2:00, 1st NAV-Sam Marbach 6 yard run (Willfong pass from McCurry), 5:04, 2nd CLF-Joseph Arredondo 1 yard run (pass failed), 3:36, 2nd NAV-Anthony Grant 2 yard run (run failed), 2:23, 2nd NAV-Anthony Grant 1 yard run (Grant run), 0:34, 2nd CLF-Joseph Arredondo 1 yard run (pass failed), 5:12, 3rd NAV-Campbell Willfong 19 yard run (run failed), 1:41, 3rd CLF-Timothy Romero 66 yard run (Tavion Soliz pass from Arredondo), 0:32, 4th
Game Stats Panthers Hawks Total Yards 353 198 First Downs 16 10 Rushes/Yards 49/337 25/114 Comp/Att/Int 1/2/0 4/11/0 Passing Yards 16 84 Punts/Average 0/0 3/40.0 Fumbles/Lost 1/1 0/0 Penalties-Yards 4-40 5-31
Passing Comp Att Pct. Yards TD Int Joseph Arredondo 4 11 .364 84 1 0
Rushing Att Yards Ave Lg TD Timothy Romero 10 76 7.6 66 1 Joseph Arredondo 13 32 2.5 15 2 Haden Lee 2 6 3.0 5 0
Receiving No Yards Ave Lg TD Tavion Soliz 3 66 22.0 35 1 Timothy Romero 1 18 18.0 18 0