Springer holds off Clovis Christian
Published: Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
Clovis Christian ran out of time — and timeouts — in its bid to break into the win column Friday night. Springer, also coming in winless, got a pair of second-half touchdown passes from senior Chris Galli to senior Aaron Meadows and held on for a 20-16 victory over the Eagles in 8-man football at Jim Hill Field. Meadows put the Red Devils (1-3) in front 14-8 with a 7-yard catch from Galli late in the third quarter, ending a three-play, 37-yard drive after an interception by Aaron Urquijo. His second TD came on a 35-yard pass early in the final stanza, two plays after an interception by senior Robert Arellano. “The teams were evenly matched,” Springer coach Michael Glasman said. “Every time we’d get ahead, they’d make a play on us or we’d make a mistake.” The Eagles (0-4) seemingly were out of it, but finally stopped Springer and took over at the Red Devils’ 29 with 4 1/2 minutes left after a blocked punt. Tyler Shipman’s 26-yard completion to eighth-grader Kevin Naceanceno moved the ball to the 3, and two plays later Shipman lunged over for the score from a yard out. Shipman added the two-point conversion, and CCS coach Jason Swann used all three timeouts to try to get the ball back after the kickoff. The Eagles took over at their 33, and Shane Mitchell scrambled for 14 yards on first down. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Mitchell gained six yards. He again spiked the ball, but after a procedure penalty on the Eagles, his last-ditch pass to Shipman fell incomplete as time expired. “I thought we could stop them, and we did,” Swann said of the final bid. “I was just hoping we’d have a little more time on the clock.” Arellano put the Red Devils on the board near the end of the first quarter with a 49-yard scoring run. The 8-0 lead stood up through halftime, but Mitchell returned the second-half kickoff 47 yards and kept the ball from his quarterback position and tallied from 17 yards out on the next play. “If we’d have come out and scored the next touchdown, I think they (Eagles) might’ve gotten down,” Glasman said. “But we couldn’t put them away. You have to give them a lot of credit; they kept coming back.” Mitchell also ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game. Later in the period, he came out for a time after injuring his back on a hard hit, but he returned early in the final period. “We keep on improving,” Swann said. “With our youth (only two seniors), I have to be patient at times. I know they’re going to make mistakes because they’re young.” For the most part, the defenses controlled the game. Springer had a 236-170 advantage in yards, with the 6-foot-2 Meadows catching four passes for 91 yards. Mitchell led the Eagles with 15 carries for 63 yards, and completed 6-of-14 passes for 50 yards.
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