Conroe HS v College Park HS
October 14, 2012EHSN Sports
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 11:53 pm
College Park’s defense came up with some critical plays down the stretch and the Cavaliers held on for a 28-23 victory over Conroe on Friday night at Buddy Moorhead Memorial Stadium.
The Tigers had a trick play — receiver Lamar Hernandez got the ball on a reverse and threw to Karl Smith for an apparent 48-yard gain — wiped out by an illegal man downfield, killing Conroe’s final real threat with about six minutes left.
College Park improved to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in District 14-5A while the Tigers fell to 2-5 and 1-2, respectively.
Conroe quarterback Stedman Bell threw two early interceptions but bounced back to completed 20 of 34 passes for 299 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown.
“We were our own worst enemy at times,” Conroe coach Roger Holtkamp said. “The (illegal man downfield) penalty hurt too. College Park did a good job. We’ve got to regroup.”
College Park had the upper hand in the kicking game, getting three long returns. Nicholas Black’s punt return led to the Cavaliers’ final touchdown, Black’s 4-yard run with 9:22 left in the game.
Conroe answered on Bell’s deft 67-yard touchdown pass to Smith on the left sideline, when the Cavaliers had a rare breakdown in the secondary.
“The thing I’m proud of is our kids didn’t let last week’s loss (a 23-20 defeat to Oak Ridge) define our season,” College Park coach Richard Carson said. “I can’t say enough about our defense. We had some packages where we put a little more speed on the field, and we were able to slow them down just enough.”
College Park’s Tristen Newman and Austin Fredrickson intercepted Bell in the early going, and Brett Buckley put the Cavaliers up 14-0 on a fourth-and-13 play when he found Charrod Henry in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown reception.
The Tigers’ Larry Day scored two touchdowns, an 8-yard TD run in the second quarter and a brilliant 77-yard dash to the end zone with 2:26 left in the third quarter.
Conroe pulled to within 14-9 on Cordell Vogel’s 25-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, but the Cavaliers opened the second half with a 60-yard touchdown drive.
Connor McPherson scored on a 12-yard run, his second TD of the game, and College Park had a 13-point lead.
The Tigers got the ball one last time with about two minutes left, but Bell was sacked by Roosevelt Henderson and Scott Foster on a fourth-down play and the Cavaliers could run out the clock.