The last game of the year at the Pit matched us up against the Cyclones from Denver. It was a beautiful fall evening and we were really hoping to put the Pit to bed for the season with a great effort and a big victory. The Cyclones had a little something to say about that.
The game started off as poorly as possible as Denver returned the opening kick untouched for a 6-0 lead only 15 seconds into the game. We took the ball then and marched into the red zone. We were looking good and moving the ball until a Cyclones defender stepped in front of a pass and returned it deep into our territory. Two plays later they connected on a 27 yard TD pass and we found ourselves in an early 13-0 score. We gave them one more score before the half ended and trailed 19-0 at the break. We were not playing with any emotion or desire and they were really taking it to us. We regrouped a bit at the break and didn't allow any more points. The fourth quarter things started to get a little crazy. We got on the board with a 20 yard TD pass from Trevor Trunck to Jackson Clark. Trevor followed with the PAT and we found ourselves down 19-8. Denver then countered with a drive of their own and took a what seemed like a comfortable lead at 26-8. We had a great return of the kickoff and then Chase Clark hit his older brother, Jackson on a 32 yard halfback pass. Chase added the PAT and we were down 26-16 with 3 minutes to go. We kicked a perfect onside kick and recovered. Onward we marched down the field. With 1:30 left in the game our fade route pass fell harmlessly incomplete on fourth down so the Cyclones escaped. We dropped our guard a bit and the Cyclone fullback blew through a hole all the way to pay dirt to provide the final 34-16 final score. We really showed a lot of heart and we battled the fourth quarter. We need to bottle that energy and enthusiasm and play with that kind of mojo all of the time. If we do that the sky is the limit.
This is a great group of kids. All of you parents should be very proud. This is the first year in a long time that we have asked freshmen to play so much on Mondays also. The freshmen played a full schedule of 6 games and the sophomores played 8. These kids have gotten a ton of snaps this year and a ton of experience. This will be good moving onto the next level. The sophs will move up to varsity and the freshmen will now be our Monday night guys. They have seen the speed of the game increase as does the size and strength. We have to work hard in the off season to make sure we will be ready for anything next year. It is all about competing. The weight room will be open and these guys need to use it but they also need to compete. That means basketball, wrestling, track, soccer, and baseball. Work towards the competitive edge. Always work to be a winner. This applies on any court, field, or any class room. Work hard to be your best and good things will happen. Congratulations on a good year and shoot for the stars.
Thanks again to Coach Lewis, Schulte, and Babinat. They have done a wonderful job with this group all year. These guys along with Coaches Olson, Bixby, and Trunck have done the job all year. Along comes Coaches Andrew Billerbeck and Skylar Trunck to aid our cause and before you know it, we have one of the best football staffs around. These guys work extremely hard to get things ready for game nights. Film study, scouting reports, and the weeks practice schedule and preparation are essential to having our kids ready to play. I can't say enough about this group but the fact is I am honored to be part of this staff. Thanks for another great year of Rebel football.