by Bruce Hixon
for the Breese Journal

BeckerTo the left — Central junior Shane Becker looks for a first down to his left in the first quarter of the Cougars’ 3-point win at Freeburg on Friday. Becker had three catches for 90 yards and one touchdown. Central will host Carlyle this Friday. (Photo by Bruce Hixon)    They did not make a lot of big plays on offense, but they made enough. Their defense often bent, but did not break. That combination was just enough to get the Central Cougars into the win column for the first time this season as they held off the previously unbeaten Freeburg Midgets 14-11 on Friday in Cahokia Conference play.
    “It’s one we really needed to get. We had never started 0-2 since I’ve been here prior to this season. Obviously we didn’t want this year to be the first we went 0-3. Hopefully now that we have the first one out of the way we will be able to build on it,” said Central coach Brian Short.
    The Cougars were hit hard with injuries in the week two loss to Salem, but patched enough holes especially on the offensive side to wrestle the Roots Rivalry Plaque away from the host Midgets (2-1 overall, 1-1 in conference play). 
    One of those positions was at the quarterback spot where Landon Geragosian replaced Kyle Athmer. Geragosian made an immediate impact when he threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Shane Becker on the Cougars’ third offensive play from scrimmage and provided Central with a lead it would not relinquish. Geragosian had a solid night overall as he completed eight of 16 attempts for 124 yards with one interception. 
    Strangely Central had just 10 additional yards of offense for the remainder of the first half, but clung to a 7-3 halftime advantage as Freeburg kicker Payton Lyon split the uprights on a 27-yard field goal attempt midway through the second quarter. However, Lyon was wide left on a 32-attempt with 59 seconds left in the first half that would have brought the Midgets within a point.
    “Thank goodness for the big play because we were unable to get anything at all going on offense in the first half outside of that touchdown pass,” said Short.

BraundmeierRead option — Mater Dei junior quarterback Reed Braundmeier eyes down the defense in a read-option play with sophomore running back Jayce Napovanice in the first half of the Knights’ 41-20 win over host Althoff on Friday in Belleville. Braundmeier had 228 yards passing with three touchdowns. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Mater Dei Knights football team continued their dominance of their second halves en route to blowing out Althoff 41-20 on Friday in Belleville.
    In their last two games, the Knights have outscored their opponents 48-0 in wins over Althoff and Alton Marquette.  The Knights outgained the Crusaders 265-96 in offensive yards over the final 24 minutes of play.
    “We can really play some ball when we settle down,” said Mater Dei head coach and Althoff alumnus Jim Stiebel.  “We don’t play well under pressure so we need to find ways to put the pressure on them and settle down.”
    Mater Dei senior tailback Zach Napovanice was the man for the Knights as he finished with 337 all-purpose yards which included two touchdown runs and a pair of touchdown catches.  MD outgained the Crusaders 472-374 in a game that lasted 2:45.
    “Man, they were keying on him and they still had trouble stopping him,” added Stiebel.  “We moved him around a lot and took advantage of some things that we saw on film.”
    Mater Dei got off to a fast start in a game that they never trailed.  The Knights needed just eight plays to get in the scoring column when Napovanice ran in from 5 yards out to cap off a 64-yard drive.  Grant Cox added the extra point as MD led 7-0.

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23 September 2019

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