Greenfield bobbles chance for 1st win
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:11 am
Special to The Press
As the wise Yoda once said, “Control, control. You must learn control.”
Greenfield apparently did not follow the direction of the Jedi master from the fictional Star Wars saga, losing control of the ball and fumbling away a chance for an upset win against Bruceton Friday night.
Down by five points midway through the fourth quarter, the ’Jackets were seeking their first win of the season when Austin Pence took the pitch from quarterback Miles Cavitt at their team’s own 45 and fumbled the ball. The Tigers recovered the loose ball at the 37-yard-line, and seven plays later Haden Williams scored from eight yards out to put the Tigers up by 11 with three minutes left in the game. It was the only turnover of the game for Greenfield.
“We didn’t have a lot of turnovers, but a very costly one, a very costly one that turned the tide of the ball game,” head coach Jason Rodehaver said.
Greenfield did not give up after Bruceton went up by two scores. With time running against them, the Yellowjackets took to the air. Cavitt hit Jeffrey Johnson for a 38-yard pass play down to the Tigers 22. After an incomplete pass, Cavitt found Blake Miller open in the end zone with 1:16 remaining in the game. The two-point conversion failed, giving the Tigers the 18-13 final score.
“Blake made a nice catch, and Miles stood there in the pocket and made a nice throw,” Rodehaver said about the touchdown pass play.
A scary moment occurred three plays before the turnover when the ’Jackets’ junior defensive lineman Joseph Pope suffered a neck and back injury on a cut block. The Tigers were facing a fourth-and-three on the Greenfield 32 with the ’Jackets stacking the line when Pope was injured. Play was halted for 15 minutes as EMTs worked on Pope. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Huntingdon.
The ’Jackets continued their offensive troubles in the first half that have plagued them for the season. Greenfield could only manage 25 yards of total offense in the first half.
Chance Black scored the Yellowjackets’ first touchdown with 2:48 left in the third quarter on a right side sweep after avoiding some tacklers and then racing down the sideline for the 33-yard score.
Rodehaver believes the late scoring drive will be a confidence builder for the team.
“It does give them confidence and I think I saw that at halftime. I saw a little twinkle in their eyes that I have not seen and they believed,” the head coach said. Published in The WCP 9.27.11