Patriots fall in first round of the state playoffs

NGA quarterback Will McCommons lines up under center and prepares to take a snap during last Friday’s playoff game at CrossPointe Christian Academy.

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Nathanael Greene Academy’s football team saw its season end last Friday as the Patriots fell at CrossPointe Christian Academy, 60-14.

The CrossPointe Cavaliers started the game on offense from their own 25-yard line. In just three plays, the Cavaliers were able to get on the board with a 48 yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was good and the Cavaliers led 8-0.

The Patriots’ first possession started on their own 17-yard line. The Cavaliers defense stopped the Patriots and forced a punt. Logan Gentry was able to punt the ball down to the Cavalier 26-yard line. On the second play of the drive, the Cavaliers’ quarterback ran the ball in for another Cavalier touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and the Cavaliers led 16-0.

The Patriots’ next possession started on their 20-yard line. On the Patriots’ third play of the drive, Joseph Crumbley rambled 53 yards for a Patriot touchdown. Will McCommons connected with Stephen Ricci for the two-point conversion. The score was Cavaliers 16, Patriots 8.

The Cavaliers’ next possession started on their own 36-yard line. The Cavaliers were able to put together a six-play drive ending in another touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and the Cavaliers led 24-8 in the first quarter.

The Patriots saw the Cavaliers stop their drive, but on fourth down the Patriots ran a fake punt. Ash Gabriel was able to run 11 yards for the first down on the fake. The Patriots eventually still had to punt to start the second quarter. Gentry had another good punt that was downed on the Cavalier 8-yard line.

The next Cavalier drive lasted three plays and ended in another rushing touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good and the Cavaliers led 30-8.

The Patriots’ next drive was kept alive early with a pass interference call on the Cavaliers. But, a couple of incomplete passes stalled the drive and forced another punt.

The Cavaliers started their next drive at midfield. The Patriot defense stepped up its play with good coverage and a tackle for a loss by Kanton Crawford. The Cavaliers turned the ball over on downs on the Patriot 27-yard line.

The Patriots’ drive started off with some good passes from McCommons, but a Cavalier defender made a great catch for an interception on their own 38-yard line. The next play saw the Patriots get pressure on the Cavalier quarterback, but the quarterback was able to flip the ball to a nearby receiver who ran it in for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and the Cavaliers led 38-8.

The Patriots’ next drive started on their own 36-yard line. On fourth down, the Patriots were able to get the Cavaliers to jump offside for a Patriot first down. Three plays later, McCommons connected with Gabriel for a 42-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was no good and the Cavaliers led 38-14.

The Cavaliers’ next drive started on their 15-yard line. The Patriots’ defense stood strong and forced a punt. On the second play of the Patriots’ possession, another Cavalier defender intercepted the Patriot pass and returned it to the 5-yard line. The Cavaliers ran it in for the score on the next play. The two-point conversion was no good and the Cavaliers led 44-14 at halftime.

To start the second half, the Patriots saw Crumbley run the ball 60 yards for a Patriot touchdown. But, a holding penalty brought the ball back to the Patriots’ 10-yard line.

The Cavaliers held the Patriots and forced a punt from their own end zone. The Cavalier returner was able to weave through the coverage and scored another Cavalier touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and the Cavaliers led 52-14 in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers were able to throw another touchdown pass on their next possession. The two-point conversion was good and the Cavaliers led 60-14.

The Patriots next drive was stalled by penalties, but once again a good punt from Gentry made the Cavaliers start from their own 1-yard line to start the fourth quarter.

Neither team threatened to score for the rest of the game and the clock ran out.

The Player of the Week was Joseph Crumbley and the Lineman of the Week was Kanton Crawford.

-Contributed

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