Cardinals Evade Bombers In Defensive Battle
If you were looking for Offense, you needed to get to the Lewiston-Altura/Cannon Falls game early, but if you stayed, you saw a great defensive battle!
The Cardinals took control of the game early, scoring 2 touchdowns in the First Quarter. Evan Daley gave the Cardinals the early lead with a 15-yard rushing touchdown with 9:55 to go in the opening frame. Little did they know, when they tacked on the Extra Point, Lewiston-Altura would have all the points they needed.
Lewiston-Altura added an insurance touchdown just before the end of the Quarter, when Caleb Nelson caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Weaver, to extend the lead to 14-0.
The Bombers got on the board early in the Second Quarter, when Marcus Banks completed a Cannon Falls drive with a 1-yard TD score. The Bombers would miss the extra point, and would trail going into the Halftime break, 14-6.
From there, the Defense would take over. Cannon Falls started to control the tempo with sustained offensive drives, but they just couldn’t finish them. Mitch Bono made sure of that, as the Cardinal linebacker recovered a Bomber fumble with 7:49 to go in the Third Quarter.
When the Cardinals couldn’t convert that miscue into points, Bono put the ball in the Cardinal Offense hands again, with another recovered fumble at the 5:45 mark.
The Bombers survived their turnovers with a few of their own. Just 7 game seconds after Bono flipped the field again, Kade Holt gave the ball back to the Bomber Offense, with an interception.
The Bombers again could not finish a drive, and gave the ball back to the Cardinals. Lewiston-Altura, though, was in the giving mood, and Marcus Weaver threw his second pick of the game at the beginning of the Fourth Quarter, again to Holt.
While the respective defenses were doing their job, the respective offenses were sputtering. The game wasn’t in hand, until Noah Herber, who had to be moved from the Cardinal backfield to the offensive line after a hand injury, used his good hand to pick off Bombers signal caller Jack Dommeyer with 1:06 left in the game. Cannon Falls was out of time outs, and the Cardinals could end the game in victory formation, with 2 kneel-downs.
Lewiston-Altura (3-5) will begin the playoffs at home on Tuesday, October 23rd against Kenyon-Wanamingo (2-6). Cannon Falls (2-6) will start their post-season on the road at Minneapolis Edison (2-6).
Live Football coverage for HBC is over for the season, but we will cover the playoffs on a tape-delayed basis. HBC will be at St. Charles (6-2) with our full crew, as they host Triton (1-7) on Tuesday. Our Extra Point team will be at Dover-Eyota (6-2), as they host Zumbrota-Mazeppa (2-6). Please check you channel guides for replay times.