From 14-0 hole, Pusch Ridge comes back strong behind 'D,' 5 TD passes - The Explorer: Sports

From 14-0 hole, Pusch Ridge comes back strong behind 'D,' 5 TD passes

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:22 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Pusch Ridge Christian Academy's Lions fumbled the ball the first two times they touched it Friday night, falling behind visiting Canyon State 14-0.

From there, the Lions couldn't be halted, moving to 5-1 on the season with a 45-14 victory. Pusch Ridge hosts Hayden on Friday night.

"We told them at halftime, we played our worst half of football," said Lions coach Bob Vance. "And yet we're tied at the half."

On their first play from scrimmage, quarterback Greg Schimke completed a pass to Tyler Vance, who lost the football at his own 38-yard line. That began the Marquis Greenwood show. Greenwood pounded the ball for 29 yards on the first three plays. He scored on a short run after Canyon State's Travis Beker was injured.

A Schimke interception – a rarity this season – halted a Pusch Ridge drive, and the Rams' Greenwood bolted 91 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

"We came out tight and didn't know what to expect," Bob Vance said. "We had a lot of dumb mistakes. Like, on one play not letting a kickoff roll out."

"We knew we needed to turn it on," said Tyler Vance. "We needed it (falling behind) to get fired up."

The Lions righted themselves in the second quarter. Starting a drive from their own 20, the Lions went 80 yards on five plays to get on the board, Brett Overstreet scoring on a long run. The extra point by Chad Springetti made it 14-7.

Before halftime, the Lions defense recovered a fumble at Canyon State 34-yard line. Several plays later, Schimke found Mitch Woody for 16 yards and a touchdown to make it 14-14.

The second-half kickoff was returned near midfield by Canyon State, with Springetti making a possible touchdown-saving tackle. Greenwood was soon halted.

"We knew we had to hit him low," said Tyler Vance. "We started making group tackles. When one guy would slip up, another would pick us up."

"In the second half, our defense stepped up," coach Bob Vance said. "Coach Mark Frithsen always makes good halftime adjustments."

The adjustments worked, as Greenwood was held to just 27 yards rushing on seven carries after the break. Greenwood finished with 228 yards on 24 carries. But the Lions defense forced six fumbles, intercepted two passes, and did not allow a completed pass all night.

In the third quarter, Schimke threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Vance, and after Springetti's conversion, the Lions had their first lead at 21-14.

Schimke found Vance for a 5-yard touchdown to make it 28-14. Interceptions by Christian Meisel and Aaron Vaughn set up two more scores. Springetti kicked a 29-yard field goal, and Woody caught a 51-yard touchdown pass to complete the scoring.

Schimke finished 18 of 26 for 262 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception. Vance caught five passes for 87 yards, while Cook caught five balls for 99 yards, and Woody also caught five for 64 yards. Overstreet led the Lions with 72 yards rushing on seven carries.

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

More about

More about

Welcome to the discussion.

Kino College

Kino CollegeEnroll today: http://www.kinocollege.com/

HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

MOS: Storms and Floods

We asked the community about the coming floods and storms.

MOS: Back To School

We asked the community about the new school semester starting.

More Featured Videos
Spacer4px

Follow us on Facebook