CLJV Defense Becomes Offensive in Win, 34-6 over Smithville
Canyon Lake’s JV team has now won two more games than last year as the Hawks awakened in the second half and inflicting damage on Smithville, without using their offense.
The game was still much in doubt at halftime as both teams struggled to get enough positive plays to counteract some missed snaps and penalties.
“We made too many mistakes and we have some things to work hard on in practice,” Head JV Coach Jon Barthels assessed. “I’m happy with this game, the way we finished in the second half, it sometimes just takes a while to get going.”
Second half yardage was all in turnovers and short fields as one touchdown was a fumble recovery in the end zone, another was a result of a 78 yard interception return to the Tiger’s two yard line.
CL took 1:40 off the clock with a four play 37 yard drive and on their next drive was even more to the point scoring on a two play 49 yard drive taking only 0:51 off the clock.
Smithville started the second half with 49 yards rushing and after the Tigers 13 running plays for this half, they totaled -14 yards and finished the game with 35 yards.
Most of this damage was inflicted by Tyler McCleary and Heath McDonough.
McCleary was the recipient of recovering a Smithville fumble in the end zone and then he added to the Tigers woes, with a sack for minus nine yards on their next play after the kick-off.
McCleary had another sack and was basically in the Smithville backfield so much he could have changed his jersey and played for the bad guys.
“They had a slow line and I just lined up wide,” McCleary stated. “I would just look to Coach Hodges for stunts.”
McCleary would also like to thank Charlie McIntosh for causing the fumble allowing his touchdown in the second half. “Thanks Charlie for hitting them hard enough allowing them to drop it.”
Defensive Back Austin Camacho then waylaid a Tiger receiver on the next play allowing McDonough to recover the ball for another short drive.
McDonough also had two interceptions off of tip passes, with the last interception helping with a two yard drive to paydirt.
“I should have dove for the touchdown,” a retrospective McDonough said. “Our momentum just started going in this game…we just need to make our practices and that is a big deal.”
Those comments were based on some JV players that did not get into the game until the second half based on missing practices this week.
McDonough would also like to throw out a thank-you to a couple of players, “Thank-you (Sam) Spurlock and (Austin) Comacho for tipping the passes for me.”
The Hawks completed just one pass and McDonough was so wide open he could of walked past the goal line for the score. That was the only touchdown in the first half as CL finished with 99 total yards.
Defensively, the Hawks held Smithville to 64 yards in that same time period, but with just a seven point lead, that advantage was certainly not safe.
Turnovers then became a thing of beauty as Canyon Lake had a plethora of miscues forced upon the home team that the seven point lead had a much better, pleasing to the eyes, 28-0 score entering that last stanza.
Smithville's Second Half Drives Plays Yards Miscue Result 1st Drive 4 -16 Fumble Touchdown 2nd Drive 2 -9 Fumble Hawks take four plays to score 3rd Drive 4 -1 Punt Hawks two play score 4th Drive 5 8 Punt Hawks fail to score 5th Drive 1 35 Pass Only TD of game 6th Drive 4 8 INT 78 yd return score on next play 7th Drive 4 4 Game Over
Nice time to get the zoo keepers to lock this Tiger team away for the night.
1 2 3 4 Final CLJV Hawks 0 7 21 6 34 Smithville JV 0 0 0 6 6 Scoring Summary: CLJV-Heath McDonough 42 yard pass from Jackson Neel (Matthew Oconnell kick), 0:59, 2nd CLJV-Tyler McCleary fumble recovery (Oconnell kick), 6:12, 3rd CLJV-Sam Spurlock 10 yard run (Oconnell kick), 3:19, 3rd CLJV-Tim Romero 42 yard run (Oconnell kick), 0:27, 3rd SmJV-White 35 yard pass from Kirby (run failed), 3:34, 4th CLJV-Austin Brennan 2 yard run (pat failed), 1:51, 4th Game Stats Tigers Hawks Total Yards 104 186 First Downs 5 9 Rushes/Yards 24/35 27/144 Comp/Att/Int 5/14/2 1/5/0 Passing Yards 69 42 Punts/Average 2/26.5 2/32.0 Fumbles/Lost 2/2 0/0 Penalties-Yards 6-45 5-40 TOP 12:12 15:48 Passing Comp Att Pct Yds TD Jackson Neel 1 5 .200 42 1 Rushing Att Yds Ave Lg TD Tim Romero 4 72 18.0 42 1 Sam Spurlock 6 33 5.5 14 1 Hayden Reed 5 25 5.0 11 0 Austin Brennan 9 14 1.6 8 1 Charlie McIntosh 2 14 7.0 12 0 Jackson Neel 2 -14 -7.0 -- 0 Receiving No Yds Ave Lg TD Heath McDonough 1 42 42.0 42 1