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Stingy Defense Produces a District Victory

September 16, 2017

The defense was solid all night long as it contained a very athletic Lutheran North team. They kept the Lions out of the endzone and even found a way to score, when Austin Henry came up with a sack for a safety in the third quarter. Henry leads the Warriors with 3 sacks and 3 tackles for loss on the young season. 

The defense gave up just 8 first downs and 78 yards of total offense. However, the play of the night was all effort by John Ethan Baldwin. Lutheran North looked poised to take the lead late in the second quarter when they connected on a deep pass down the hash. Baldwin, senior free safety, showed his closing speed and the effort that makes him a captain, as he refused to give up on the play. He caught the Lutheran North reciever at the 10 yard line and forced a fumble that went out of the endzone for a touchback and a Warrior first down.

Daniel Macune led the defense with nine tackles on the night and Lawson Ellisor was a force inside with six tackles, two for loss. 

The defense might not have needed the help, but the offense did get rolling as the game went along. The Warriors completed 17 passes to seven different recievers in the second half. Josh Holl and Joseph Carbone got into the record book with the most passing yards, 305, and most recieving yards, 190, in a game in school history. Carbone's 98 yard catch to open up the scoring late in the second quarter was second all time and got the offense rolling. Two more touchdown passes, one each to Carbone and Barbisch, in the third quarter would put the game out of reach. Holl tied the school record for TD passes in a game when he connected with Christian Fleischhauer for the game's final score, giving the warriors a 30-0 victory.

The victory improves CCS to 1 and 1 on the season but, more importantly, 1-0 in district play. The Warriors will host Pasadena First Baptist on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Last year's game came down to the final play where the Warrior defense came up with an interception in the endzone to preserve the victory.