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Football, Game Article | October 11, 2013

CL Hawks Searching for Light Switch in Loss to Billies, 38-14

Josh DeVries in game with La Grange

Josh DeVries in game with La Grange

Canyon Lake loses their first District 27-3A contest, 38-14 as the Hawks could not translate their total yards into points.

“They (Fredericksburg) came out ready to play and we didn’t,” Head Coach Charles Drum said. “We got knocked down in the first round tonight, they had 14 points just like that… but we have four more rounds to get in this fight and it is not over.”

“This was just our first district game and we can even our record next week,” Coach Drum said confidently. “This game was the story of our season, we can’t make our 3rd downs and we could not stop their 3rd downs.”

The Hawks out gained the Billies but when you can’t capitalized that aspect of this game, then those numbers don’t mean much.

Canyon Lake had their third best rushing game in their history with four backs totaling 50 or more yards via the ground.

Quarterback Skyler Tschoepe who had rushed for -23 yards this season turned the tables and had 60 yards in tonights game.

“We got their linebackers to go to the other side of the line after the fake,” Tschoepe ran. “If they read the guards, then we can catch them off guard with some trickery.”

Josh DeVries who had been the second leading rusher this season was now a leading receiver in this game. DeVries also had several other chances but the sideline would come into play nullifying some of those catches.

Fredericksburg also did their part by converting 4 of 7 third downs helping to keep drives alive and having an eventual score.

The Billies had the ball four times in the first half and scored on three of those possessions. That makes it hard for a rushing team to eat up the clock and get traction to put a game away.

After two Fredericksburg touchdowns to start this game, Canyon Lake finally responded when JJ Nance took off like a rocket around the end for a 52 yard run and score.

“With Hayden (DuBois) and McGuire (Johnson) making good blocks, I was able to get a good run,” Nance said. “We make great blocks and that is why the hole was so wide open.”

That run could of been played one below for the defense as no Billie was able to touch Nance on that run. That drive cut the lead to 14-7 and after a defensive stop, CL was working again for a chance to tie the score.

This drive had some costly penalties as CL had a first down on the Billies 12 yard line. How about three holding penalties had a first down and 10 deep in Fredericksburg territory to a third down and 35 yards needed to keep that drive going from the 37 yard line. That gave CL a tough time converting in the red zone.

Canyon Lake needed a stop on Fredericksburg’s first drive to start the second half and methodical 8 play 68 yard drive for all intense and purposes put this game away being down 28-7.

Scoring on five of six possessions gave Canyon Lake a high mountain to climb without any ropes.

Futility would be a good word to describe an offense that gains 387 yards and can only muster 14 points.

Non/Scoring Drives
Plays   Yds    Time off Clock   Result   What stopped Drive?
 4       5         1:35         Punt     Good Defense
 4       4         1:17         Punt     Good Defense
 7      49         3:23         Downs    Muffed Pitch on a 3rd and 4
                                         in the Red Zone-15 yard line
10      31         3:54         Punt     Good Defense
11      73         6:45         Downs    3 Penalties & Muffed Pitch & fum                                         after CL got to 17 yd. line
 6      20         3:10         Downs    Could not convert 4th and 1 play
 8      53         1:31         Downs    Good Defense after CL penetrated                                         to 16 yd. line
Totals  50 plays   235 yards   21:25   No Points
Two Scoring Drives
Plays  Yards   Time off Clock   Result     What kept Drive going?
 7      75         3:00         Touchdown  Had two manageable 3rd downs                                             of 3 & 2 yards Nance 52 harder
 6      75         2:21         Touchdown  Johnson 54 yard run and DuBois                                           16 yarder to the 1 yard line.
Total 13 plays 150 yards 5:21 14 points No Penalties or muffed plays.

Canyon Lake is not out of a playoff spot as they will now need to take care of business next week in Bandera to get this train back on track.

The Hawks need to start the game with more intensity so that this offense can churn some yardage and eat some clock and put their opponent in a hole.

That has not happened this year as CL has been spotting points to their opponents and then needing to play perfect football to catch up. Hard to do and the proof is looking at the Hawk’s record this season.

What can Canyon Lake do? “We are coming to practice this next week and work harder and try to get more discipline,” DeVries said resoundly.

“We are close…we are right there,” QB Tschoepe said. “We need to finish what we started and the wins will take care of themselves. We have to try to attack first.”

Coach Drum summed up what has to happen next, “We have to be on the attack instead of reacting we need to act first. We are not forcing the issue.”

Canyon Lake will go on the road to Bandera next Friday to get a chance of putting this season in a different light. Now we just need to get an electrician to help make that connection.

                   1   2   3   4   Final
 Fredericksburg   14   7   7  10   38
 Canyon Lake       7   0   0   7   14
 Scoring Summary:
 FHB-Martinez 6 yard run (Ortiz kick), 7:49, 1st
 FHB-Beard 57 yard pass from Grona (Ortiz kick), 6:12, 1st
 CLH-J.J. Nance 52 yard run (Mike Thorpe kick), 3:12, 1st
 FHB-Shepherd 30 yard pass from Grona (Ortiz kick), 4:32, 2nd
 FHB-Grona 6 yard run (Ortiz kick), 8:43, 3rd
 FHB-Grona 1 yard run (Ortiz kick), 10:33, 4th
 CLH-McGuire Johnson 1 yard run (Mike Thorpe kick), 8:12, 4th
 FHB-Ortiz 47 yard field goal, 1:58, 4th
Game Stats           Billies     Hawks
 Total Yards         354         387
 First Downs         17          15
 Rushes/Yards        32/149      47/334
 Comp/Att/Int        11/17/0     3/12/0
 Passing Yards       205         53
 Punts/Average       2/31.5      3/35.3
 Fumbles/Lost        0/0         3/0
 Penalties-Yards     6-55        6-55
 Time of Possession  22:09       25:51
Passing             Comp   Att   Pct.   Yards  Lg   TD  Int
 Skyler Tschoepe    3      12   .250    53     29   0   0
Rushing             Att    Yards  Ave.  Lg   TD
 McGuire Johnson    21     157    7.5   54   1
 JJ Nance            8      74    9.3   52   1  
 Skyler Tschoepe     7      60    8.6   29   0
 Hayden DuBois       9      51    5.7   16   0
 Josh DeVries        1       0    0.0    0   0
 Team                1      -8    ---   --   -
Receiving           No     Yards  Ave.   Lg   TD
 Josh DeVries       2      43     21.5   29   0
 TJ Jones           1      10     10.0   10   0