Patriots Charge Past Lighthouse 25-12
OLATHE – Christ Prep dominated rival Lighthouse Christian Chargers in an elimination game where the winner would advance to the championship bracket at the NHFA Tournament and the loser would be relegated to lower tier. The Patriots used solid defense and a conservative offense to limit mistakes to jump out to a 19-0 advantage in the first half. Lighthouse was able to score on a couple of big plays to make the final score 25-12 in front of one of the largest home crowds that included three former coaches and over 20 alumni players.
CPA got on the board on their first possession when Grant Stamatis returned a punt 39 yards to the Chargers 16 yardline and Kameron Quatrocky scored two plays later. Neither team could muster any offensive progress for the rest of the first quarter. Then with Patriots faced with 3rd and 35 from their own 15, Daniel Hund grabbed a pass from Noah Blair, broke a tackle and rumbled 76 yards to shift momentum back to Christ Prep. The Charger defense stopped CPA on 4th down but their offense could not make a first down and Stamatis again returned a punt to shorten the field. Blair finished off the drive with a one yard quarterback sneak to make it 12-0.
Coach Jay Geeding’s defense again forced a three and out and again special teams put the Patriots in business with a Stamatis punt return to the Chargers 20. Jeffery Harlin, Jr. stunned the Lighthouse defense with a gorgeous hesitation move and burst off right tackle for a TD and a 19-0 advantage going into halftime.
The second half continued the pattern of the first with the Patriot offense and special teams playing conservatively and Lighthouse unable to threaten the defense. After driving to the Charger 14 yardline Grant Gilkeson missed a 34 yard field goal and two plays later Lighthouse scored on an 80 yard dump pass. That ended the third quarter scoring with CPA holding a 19-6 advantage.
Then the second play of the 4th quarter, Hund struck again grabbing a Charger screen pass out of the air with one hand and cruising to the endzone to give Christ Prep a 25-6 lead. The Chargers would add a late touchdown but it was too little too late. With the win the Patriots finish the regular season with a record of 7-3 and will be the #4 seed at the NHFA tournament in Panama City.
- The win makes brings the Patriots record to 5-7 all-time vs. Lighthouse.
- The junior high team handed Lighthouse their first defeat of the season and finished with a record of 7-1 and secure the first win ever over the Chargers.
- The Chargers, a passing team, rushed for -1 yards for the game.
- Blair threw for 135 yards making the first 100+ yard passing game for CPA this year.
- Stamatis recorded his third consecutive 100+ all-purpose yard game mostly due to 90 yards on three punt returns.
- Blair and Coy Goss both notched their first tackle for loss.
- Blair picked off his 6th pass of the season; that matches his team single season record from last year.
- Blair also forced another fumble to lead the team with three on the season.
- Harlin’s touchdown makes him the scoring leader for CPA on the season with 54 points.
- Geeding on the defense – “Awesome, they played great. Executed the way we wanted. Gave up a couple of big plays. But I’m happy.”
- Geeding on Daniel Hund – “We just talked about him getting up field and make the quarter back throw over him to disrupt the passing lane and then right after we talk about it he gets a pick six. That really raises your credibility with the players when that happens.
- Hurley on the win – “There was alot on the line. We told the guys that all of the goals that we have are still right in front of us and we came out and did what we needed to do.”
- Hurley on the defense – “What can I say? The defense was rock solid other than two plays. Other than that we pretty much shut them down.”
- Hurley on Special Teams – “Special teams were fantastic. Our return game on both punt and kickoff really flipped the field. Grant Stamatis returned several punts so deep it gave our offense a short field.