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CASTLE HANGS ON TO BEAT NORTH 21-14
Despite playing their best game of the season, the Huskies lost 21-14 to Castle in the Sectional. The Knights were able to thwart three drives by North in the fourth quarter to preserve their win.
THE ‘I’ PAYS DIVIDENDS EARLY
Four minutes into the game, Castle’s punter ‘shanked’ a kick that went out of bounds near midfield, and North had excellent field position. The Huskies had sophomore quarterback A.J. Wheeler under center and returned to the “I” formation offense that had nearly pulled off an upset a week earlier against Central.
The “I” formation allowed the Huskies to deploy senior Sean Coane in a variety of formations: he could line up at tailback, as a slot back, split wide as a receiver, or as a tight end. Rather than taking every snap from center and having to work to get open space, the “I” allowed the talented senior to receive the ball already outside the interior of the defense on short passes, screens, tosses, and sweeps. He could even be used as a decoy to lure defenses away from an intended receiver.
The formation paid dividends early as North marched 54 yards on 11 plays and took a 7-0 lead with 3:29 left in the period. Wheeler spread the ball around and targeted three different recievers during the drive as Coane also carried the ball five times—including the final yard for the score.
STREET’S FINAL GAME A GREAT ONE
Coane wasn’t the only celebrated senior putting finishing touches on a glorious career. Fellow captain Cage Street was determined to do his most to try and keep this from being his last game in the green and white.
When Castle returned the ensuing kickoff to their 41, their offense quickly moved the ball to the Husky 44 yard line. When the Knights’ fleet footed running back got outside on a sweep, it appeared he might go all the way.
Street tracked him down with a brilliant open field tackle.
On first and ten at the 34, Street defended a quick pass to a slot receiver and the toss fell complete.
On second and ten, Street stopped a runner with a bone jarring hit and held him to a short gain.
On third and seven, Street fell back into coverage in intercepted a pass at the North 24 to turn the ball back over to the offense.
EVANSVILLE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL HUSKIES VARSITY FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL RECORD BOOK -- EVANSVILLE, INDIANA
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