Hawks Outrun an Eagle in Win over Akins, 56-28
The CL game with Austin Akins was an offensive showcase as the Hawks and Eagles flew all over the field scoring 84 total points.
Canyon Lake’s running game was in sync as the Hawks averaged, 10.3 yards per play with another explosive night of fireworks.
“I am proud of the kids,” Head Coach Charlie Drum started. “We knew we would be able to move the ball and the (Lee) Stafford interception helped in getting us going.”
“This was a track meet and we are starting to get healthy,” Coach Drum said while commenting on all of the players that have missed games this year. “We had been in the fire and when we were down we were able to respond.”
(check out the Lee Stafford interview at the end of this game article)
Coach Drum was talking about how the Akins Eagles started off with two long drives to start this game as they jumped out to a, 14-7 lead after the first quarter.
There would be a couple of long plays by the visitors with a 71 yard run and an 81 yard pass reception that scored that would have CL on full throttle throughout the contest.
“We have to work on preventing those big plays,” Drum said as coaches always need to have parts of a game to work on for the next week.
But much like last week, when the Hawks got better as the game progressed and never throttled down until the game clock reached, 0:00 and a 56-28 win.
CL would produced 16 plays that covered 10 or more yards and Akins just could not keep up with that type of pace.
The Eagles did have some explosive plays too, but a Hawk defense that stopped 5 offensive drives and add an interception, would allow Canyon Lake to get enough separation making the game not as stressful for the fans and coaches.
Outscoring Akins, 35-14 in the second half was just what the team needs to accomplish as that part of their game had led to a couple of losses and that needed to be rectified.
The Hawk’s Tanner Faris would be activated in this game after being on the sideline with an injury since the Giddings game. That injury knocked Faris on his very first offensive play of that contest.
(Watch interview with Faris at end of this article)
Akins took 14 plays to score the first touchdown of the game, but CL would only need 3 plays to retaliate, when Faris would jet sweep around the corner for a 60 yard race up the sideline.
The Eagles would strike again on their second drive moving 84 yards and taking the lead back when QB Cagle found a streaking Jeyson Martinez on a slant that covered 24 yards of real estate.
CL would match that drive scoring after a 65 yard 7 play drive. Tristan Chacon would get one of his four touchdowns going the last 2 yards for the score.
Chacon was an active player as he had his best rushing game finishing with 185 yards on the night.
“Just the atmosphere and getting Tanner (Faris) back,” Chacon said in response to how well the contest went for the running game. “The offensive line blocked their tails off and I can’t thank them enough for all they do and all the glory goes to them.”
The Hawks would have the ball two times in the first half, that would not score points. One drive was stopped by 40 yards of penalties and a halftime clock stopped their next time with the ball having less than a minute to work with.
Canyon Lake would possess the ball first to start the 2nd half and the Hawks would take advantage of this opportunity, traveling 65 yards with a 34 yard run by Chacon and then a Faris 9 yarder to cap off the drive giving CL a, 28-14 advantage.
This game would rank #8 for yardage gained in a game with 498 rushing and passing.
Top 10 Offensive Yardage Gained Game Yardage Year Result Fredericksburg 583 2016 Win Ingram 579 2009 Win Giddings 536 2017 Lost Bandera 528 2011 Win Austin Akins 524 2016 Win Blanco 500 2016 Win Marion 499 2015 Lost Austin Akins 498 2017 Win Fredericksburg 494 2011 Win Llano 479 2009 Win
The Eagles would respond with a 81 yard pass play that had QB Cagle running out of the pocket to avoid Hawk pressure. That allowed a broken play to score as Rogers would make Canyon Lake chase but not catch a very good player with a catch and run play.
Canyon Lake would score on their next 3 possessions to put the game away as Chacon would score on a 15 and 16 yard runs and then a 30 yard pass play to Faris for a comfortable, 49-21 lead.
Another explosive play by Akins, this time Rogers would cover 71 yards down the sideline, while just escaping the grasp of Chance Martelli on the 30 yard line for the score.
Canyon Lake would not be finished as their ‘Finish’ motto would have Chacon with an untouched 50 yard run up the middle that would take just 11 seconds for a Hawk answer and final score.
CL’s offensive line was magnificent in the win as Chacon had already mentioned in his earlier quote.
“It is just an overall thing in the fourth quarter,” Brayden Hight commented on how the Hawks can have opposing defensive lines grasping for air as the game gets long in the tooth. “We have so many misdirection plays and when you are tired it makes it harder.”
QB Ben Fulton continues to perfect the hidden ball magician act as a defense tries to find the Hawk with the ball.
Canyon Lake had two rushers that topped the 100 yard rushing plateau as Chacon and Faris would finish with 321 combined yards.
Century Duo Rushing in same Game: Game Year # 1 Player #2 Player Total Billies 2016 Brennan 211 Faris 174 385 Waco La Vega 2014 DeVries 180 Dubois 159 339 Austin Akins 2016 Brennan 177 St. John 154 331 Boerne 2016 Faris 205 St. John 121 326 Austin Akins 2017 Chacon 185 Faris 138 323 Smithville 2014 DeVries 175 Woods 123 298 Blanco 2016 Brennan 170 Faris 120 290 Bandera 2015 Faris 172 Brennan 112 284 Boerne 2013 Johnson 162 Dubois 114 276 Lampasas 2016 Faris 152 Brennan 102 254 Just so it is not passed over, Canyon Lake had 3 players top the Century Mark. Marion 2015 Faris 155 Brennan 140 St. John 121 416
This game had Micah St. John with a pedestrian 53 yards but watching how the Akins defense bunched up their defense at the middle of the line would allow other plays not involving a fullback running.
St. John had several critical blocks as the Slot-T has many weapons that can be used during a game based on what a defense will concentrate on stopping.
“We executed very well,” Offensive Coordinator Troy Moses surmised. “They took away our trap and power running game but we responded in other ways.”
That the Hawks did, and now District 14-4A will start with several more weeks of battles.
“Hopefully we can keep it up as we have some big games coming up,” Coach Moses closed.
The Hawks will be home next week as another Austin team will help open District 14-4A Division I when Memorial comes to the Hawk Nest.
Come early and be loud as CL will now commence their ‘Finish’ mantra as the games get serious as this will be a tough district to conquer and finish.
1 2 3 4 Final Austin Akins 14 0 7 7 28 CL Hawks 7 14 21 14 56 Scoring Summary: AA-Malcolm Rogers 11 yard pass from Nick Cagle (Dube Ruvalcaba Kick), 6:08, 1st CL-Tanner Faris 60 yard run (Trenton Lorett kick), 5:01, 1st AA-Jeyson Martinez 24 yard pass from Nick Cagle (Ruvalcaba kick), 1:58, 1st CL-Tristan Chacon 2 yard run (Trenton Lorett kick), 10:57, 2nd CL-Tanner Faris 5 yard run (Trenton Lorett kick), 2:11, 2nd CL-Tanner Faris 9 yard run (Trenton Lorett kick), 9:03, 3rd AA-Malcolm Rogers 81 yard pass from Nick Cagle (Ruvalcaba kick), 7:51, 3rd CL-Tristan Chacon 16 yard run (Trenton Lorett kick), 4:30, 3rd CL-Tristan Chacon 15 yard run (Trenton Lorett kick), 1:31, 3rd CL-Tanner Faris 30 yard pass from Ben Fulton (Trenton Lorett kick), 7:59, 4th AA-Malcolm Rogers 71 yard run (Ruvalcaba kick), 5:24, 4th CL-Tristan Chacon 50 yard run (Trenton Lorett kick), 5:13, 4th Team Stats Eagles Hawks Total Yards 443 498 First Downs 18 27 Rush/Yards 39-241 44/437 Comp/Att/Int 11/24/1 3/5/0 Passing Yards 202 61 Punts/Average 2/29.5 1/39.0 Fumbles/Lost 1/0 0/0 Penalties-Yards 7-85 7-80 Passing Comp Att Pct Yds Int TD Ben Fulton 3 5 .600 61 0 1 Rushing Att Yds Ave Lg TD Tristan Chacon 11 185 16.8 50 4 Tanner Faris 14 138 9.9 60 3 Micah St. John 7 53 7.6 13 0 Caleb Almond 4 20 5.0 8 0 Trenton Lorett 2 13 6.6 9 0 Ben Fulton 2 10 5.0 12 0 Ethan Slater 2 10 5.0 7 0 Joseph Ruiz 1 7 7.0 7 0 Nick McCormick 1 1 1.0 1 0 Receiving No Yds Ave Lg TD Tanner Faris 3 61 20.3 33 1
Tanner Faris after 136 rushing in win over Akins.
Lee Stafford had a key Interception in Win over Akins