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Football, Game Article | September 5, 2014

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.

Congrats Hawks!!

                 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