Game Stats Game Recap Game Possession Chart
|WHITLER||18||10||56%||71||1||2||12 yd TD (Rushing)|
|WHITLER||5||-30||--||0||-1||2||Sacked 2 times for -20 yards|
|RUSHING||1||1||8||8.0||1||8||8 yd TD|
|* thrown to|
|MEADOR||KO||2||73||36.5||60||1 touchback; 1 on-sides|
|Player||Total||TD rush||TD rec||TD ret||2pt XP||XP kick||FG|
|Sept 12 NORTH vs Castle Team Stats|
|5.9||Avg yds per rush||5.7|
|7.1||Avg yds per completion||10.5|
|2 / 20||Sacked / Yards Lost||1 / 4|
|5.2||Avg yds per play||6.2|
|2||Passes HAD intercepted||0|
|0||Points scored off turnovers||14|
|3 / 15*||PENALTIES / YARDS||6 / 47|
|6 / 9||3rd down conversions||6 / 12|
|0 / 1||4th down conversions||3 / 3|
|* one penalty resulted in a safety|
Offensive line blocking scores:
|NORTH VS CASTLE 9/12/2008 - DEFENSIVE STATS|
|PLAYER||SOLO||ASST.||T-FL||SACK||C FUM||R FUM||INT.||B. KICK||POINTS|
Execution and opportunities: these are the key ingredients in football success.
The North Huskies got little of the former despite plenty of the latter in their 30-7 loss to Castle at Central Stadium Friday night.
The chances were there to take control of the football game, the Huskies just didn’t seize them. The opportunities to sack quarterbacks, contain runners, and deny receptions were all present. The correct strategy was in place at the right moments. All that was missing was the execution.
As a result, it was the Huskies who were executed instead of the Knights.
Missed Opportunity #1
North opened the game with a text book drive deep into Castle territory. A 10 yard run by RB Travis Carlile and a 14 yard catch-and-run by WR James Gott netted back-to-back first downs. RB Cameron Clements ran a draw play for thirteen yards down to the Castle 40. The offense was clicking on all cylinders and an opening-drive score appeared imminent.
The drive stalled when Castle’s right tackle shot through a gap on a play-action pass and sacked QB Cameron Whitler for a ten yard loss.
Missed Opportunity #2
The Knights returned the favor with a drive that flew down the field in the opposite direction. Two medium length passes to the right side followed by a 13 yard pickup by their tailback marched the ball into Husky Country. The defense, however, made what looked to be their first stand of the evening.
North held Castle to a short gain on first down, covered a receiver deep on second, and Cameron Clements delivered a heavy hit on a third down draw to set up 4th and 6 for the Knights at the North 39. On the snap, a fierce rush forced the Castle QB to give ground and move to his left. Good coverage downfield left him without a receiver to throw to. As he neared the sideline he took a momentary step toward the line of scrimmage.
This movement had substantial repercussions to North. Two Husky defenders immediately pulled off their coverage and moved up to defend the line of scrimmage from a potential run by the Knight’s QB. In turn, Castle’s passer stopped his advance, planted his foot, and tossed a soft pass over the head of both defenders and into the hands of the receiver that they both had been covering only an instant earlier.
The Knights had first down at the North 23.
Missed Opportunity #3
Following a Carlile sack of the quarterback and a short pass that only netted four yards, Castle now faced 3rd and 10 at the 23. The North coaches called for a 4-4 defense that bottled up the quarterback and presented no open receivers. Just as the pocket began to close on the harried QB, he ducked under one stretched arm, stepped outside the end, dodged the linebacker as he neared the line of scrimmage, and ran untouched for a 23 yard touchdown on a busted play.
Missed Opportunity #4
Trailing 7-0, North began the ensuing drive at their 20 yard line and embarked on a 17 play drive. The Huskies converted three third downs—the last of which came on a WR James Gott 11 yard reverse play to the Castle 16.
On a 1st down dive play, Carlile was dropped for a one yard loss. On second down, a post-corner pass to Gott was tipped away in the end zone and set up third and eleven.
Eleven yards for a new set of downs. Eleven yards to sustain the momentum of a long drive.
On the snap, the whistles blew, flags were thrown, and the Huskies were penalized for a motion penalty. A middle screen to Gott on the next play picked up 12 yards. Unfortunately, because of the five yard penalty, the Huskies no longer “just” needed eleven yard for a first down, they needed 16.
All of which set up 4th and 4 from the 10 yard line. As WR Drew Hawkins ran a fade route into the right hand side of the end zone, the Huskies’ scoring opportunity was batted away by a Knight defender.
Missed Opportunity #5
Following a quick pass that gained five yards, Castle set up at their 15 yard line. A muffed hand off to the tailback resulted in a quick turnaround of events—DT Ivan Irvine recovered the ball for the Huskies.
Two quick slams off tackle by Carlile carried the ball to the Castle four yard line. The Huskies had thoroughly dominated the game for the previous nine minutes of play and looked to be unstoppable as they neared the end zone for the game tying score.
And then they fumbled the snap to the quarterback. Castle took over at their four, drove out to the eleven and punted the ball away.
Missed Opportunity #6
Unfortunately, the Huskies weren’t done being their own worst enemies. Gott fielded the 35 yard punt in Castle territory and quickly returned it to the Castle 37. Flags were thrown, however, and after the officials were done conferring, the Huskies were pushed back to the Castle 49.
Carlile picked up four on a quick-hitter and North was in position to continue the march toward a game tying score. Fate had other plans, however, and on the next play a pitch back from Whitler to Carlile got away, bounced and tumbled eight yards back into Husky territory, and was recovered by the Knights.
Missed Opportunity #7
The Huskies were holding their own when Castle decided to go for it on fourth and five at the North 42 with just over four minutes to play in the half. When the Knight’s quarterback dropped back to pass, he was immediately flushed from the pocket by a heavy Husky blitz. Twice his jersey was pulled, twice arms grasped at his, and twice he evaded all tacklers. He scrambled out of the calamity to his left, skirted the end, and picked up a first down at the North 28 yard line.
Six plays later and in the waning seconds of the half, the Knights made the score 14-0 and North had no one to blame but themselves.
The statistical battle at half was near dead even. Both teams had gained 90 yards rushing, North had 53 passing and Castle had thrown for 57. Time of possession was decidedly in the Huskies’ favor. The second half was not so even.
Missed Opportunity #8
Following an hour long delay for lightning and thunderstorms, the Knights took to the air to open the second half. Consecutive passes brought them first downs on each of their first three plays. They reached the Husky 28 with relative ease before the defense stiffened and forced a third down and long situation.
Following a time out by Castle, their quarterback lined up in the shotgun formation. North countered with a blitz package that had multiple linebackers thrown into the mix. The Knight defenders could not account for everyone and DT Marcus Garrett had the Castle quarterback in his arms.
But only for a second.
The third year starter senior quarterback for Castle proved as slippery as a cat that had used up 8 of its 9 lives and tore away from the defender’s grasp. Finding time as he rolled to his right, he scrambled, found an opening, and dashed to the North 14 yard line for a first down. When he tossed a touchdown pass from the 10 three plays later, you could all but hear the judges in the sky declaring, “game, set, and match.”
Missed Opportunity #9
The Huskies buckled on their chin straps a little bit tighter for their first possession of the half. With the game getting away from them, they battered their way down field. Carlile ran between guard and tackle for 18 yards and RB Brandon Scott picked up 25 on a dramatic draw play on 3rd and 17.
The Huskies were marching their way toward the end zone with a 2nd and six from the Castle 35 yard line when Whitler took the snap on a one-step-drop pass play. For whatever reason, he wasn’t alone when he went to throw. Despite the quick “step and throw” nature of the play, a Castle defender had time to break past the offensive line and grab the back of the Whitler’s shoulder pads as he threw the ball.
With little on it, the throw was not nearly long enough and a Castle defender cupped the ball into his hands just before it hit the ground. If snatching victory from the jaws of defeat had seemed daunting three minutes of play earlier, it now seemed near impossible.
A subsequent Castle interception of a North pass on the next Husky possession set up Castle’s final offensive score of the night and left the Huskies with nothing but pride to play for from that point forward.
The Huskies are a proud bunch and they gamely fought to their first score in over eight quarters of play. On a nine play, 70 yard drive in the fourth quarter, Carlile added 19 yards to record the Huskies’ first 100 yard rushing game of the season, Gott grabbed 24 on a reverse, and Whitler hit junior WR Bo Rushing with an 8 yard scoring toss with 6:10 remaining.
The Huskies were ‘all in’ at that point and yielded a late safety that can best be attributed to a mis-played punt return.
The game ended at 30-7 but upon further review, the Huskies had nine opportunities to perhaps turn around the outcome. The calls were made correctly, the formations were sufficient to the task, the strategy was developed, and the tactics were applied.
It was the execution that was insufficient. Missed tackles and poor containment on third and fourth down situations gave the Knights an edge they didn’t deserve. Inopportune penalties at critical moments on goal line situations and punt returns effectively cost North momentum and created longer than necessary fields.
This was a tough loss to swallow. North could not look across the field and say that the talent was greater on the other sideline or that the opportunities to win didn’t present themselves.
This was one the Huskies “gave away” despite what the scoreboard read.
|Sept 12 NORTH vs Castle Possessions|
|N20||9||5||3||33||3||3:50||Punt||Sack at C40 stalls drive||0 - 0|
|C11||11||6||5||89||4||4:20||TD||#12 23 yd TD Run; Defense drops coverage to contain QB and give up pass on 4th & 6 at N39||0 - 7|
|NORTH -- First 8 plays 1st qtr, rest of drive SECOND QUARTER|
|N20||16||8||8||70||5||7:10||downs||Motion penalty on 3rd down at C17 helps to stall drive in red zone||0 - 7|
|C10||2||1||1||5||0||0:30||Fumble||Irvine recovers on C11||0 - 7|
|C11||3||3||0||7||0||1:10||Fumble||Fumbled snap||0 - 7|
|C4||4||3||0||7||0||1:30||Punt||Carlile strings out run on 2nd & 12||0 - 7|
|C49||2||2||0||-4||0||1:00||Fumble||Botched pitch fumble||0 - 7|
|N47||11||8||3||47||2||4:00||TD||#22 6 yard TD run; Convert two 4th downs in drive||0 - 14|
|N37||3||2||1||28||1||0:35||Half||Carlile picks up 22 on draw||0 - 14|
|SECOND HALF-- 1 hr 10 min Lightning & Rain delay|
|C20||9||3||6||80||3||4:00||TD||#44 10 yd TD reception; NHS twice misses QB on blitzes in drive||0 - 21|
|N25||6||5||1||40||2||2:45||INT||Whitler hit as pas thrown on short drop results in turnover||0 - 21|
|C30||6||3||2||22||1||3:00||Punt||Jackson bear hugs runner on 3rd down||0 - 21|
|N32||1||0||1||13||0||0:10||INT||Overthrown pass||0 - 21|
|Castle -- first 4 plays third quarter, rest FOURTH QUARTER|
|c45||10||8||2||55||4||5:00||TD||#12 1 yd TD run; Two missed tackles in backfield during drive||0 - 28|
|N30||9||5||4||70||3||3:00||TD||Rushing 12 yd TD reception; Gott 24 yard reverse to C12 on 3rd & 8||7 - 28|
|C32||7||5||1||23||1||2:50||Punt||Punt downed on NHS 1 after it lands at 20 yd line||7 - 28|
|N1||2||1||1||-1||0||1:00||Safety||Intentional Grounding penalty in end zone results in safety||7 - 30|
|C25||4||4||0||16||1||2:10||Game||7 - 30|
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