Week 2 of the 2020 season of Heiser Automotive Group Thursday Night Lights presented by Landmark Credit Union saw a non-conference clash between Parkland's Catholic Memorial Crusaders and Greater Metro's Brookfield Central Lancers on Friday, October 2nd. After an offseason of COVID-induced delays and uncertainty for all, the My24 Sports Team is thrilled to be back in the community to showcase our communities' schools and students with our 10th Anniversary season of high school football action.
A special thank you goes out to all of the schools and great community-minded sponsors who work with our team to make the broadcasts a reality each and every week. The condensed 2020 season features a number of special Friday editions of Heiser Auto TNL, including this season kick-off match-up, in order to accommodate everyone's already strained scheduling needs. We are overjoyed to be able to make the adjustments and take the necessary safety precautions to bring these games into the area's homes, especially at a time where in stadium attendance is so limited for the safety of all.
The game started with both teams' offensive units struggling to find their footing. The first quarter was filled with high passes, a near pick for both defenses, and a trio of punts. With under 5:00 in the first period of play, Brookfield Central started to move the chains and put a drive together. They converted on 3rd & 4, 3rd & 7, and Running Back Cam Devine moved the pile of bodies just enough on 4th & 1 to keep the drive alive as we moved into the second quarter. Catholic Memorial's defense pushed back and the Lancers settled for and used a Tanner Wallen 41-yard field goal to start the night's scoring with a 3-0 tally with just under 11:00 to play in the half.
Defense continued to be the name of the game for both squads as drives stalled and resulted in another pair of punts. In the closing minutes of the half, Catholic Memorial found life in the form of a 48-yard pass between Rory Fox and Alex Oeschner that moved the Crusaders to the 26 yard-line of the Lancers. They moved into the red zone, making it as close as the 6 yard-line before back-to-back false start penalties stalled the drive. Kenny Piacsek put the Crusaders on the board with a 24-yard field goal conversion, tying the game at 3-3 with under a minute left in the half.
During the Cousins Subs Halftime show, Bubon Orthodontics put a spotlight on two elite student athletes achieving accolades both in the classroom and on the field of play. The resumes of Catholic Memorial's Elle Erato and Brookfield Central's Sarah Balding puts them both in the running as the week's nominees to earn a share of $5,000 in scholarship money at the end of the season, courtesy of Bubon Orthodontics.
The second half opened with lackluster sequences for both offenses. Catholic Memorial punted after an ineligible receiver penalty on 3rd & 11, and a sack pinned Brookfield Central on their own 6 yard-line before they returned the favor. On their second possession of the half, the Crusaders leaned on Charlie Jarvis to ignite a spark. He responded with a 19-yard run and 16-yard touchdown reception from Quarterback Rory Fox to cap the scoring drive. Piacsek added the point-after to put Catholic Memorial up 10-3.
Brookfield Central responded with an offensive series that started to gain steam before Charlie Jarvis intercepted a pass in Crusader territory. Catholic Memorial couldn't capitalize on the turnover, however, with a penalty, sack by Defensive Back Jacob Davey, and fumble recovery by Ethan Boxley returning the ball to the Lancers on the Crusaders' 24 yard-line. They moved the ball to the 5 yard-line after a reception by Fullback Barjit Monatta paired with a penalty. Cam Devine punched in the touchdown on a direct snap run for the 5-yard score (Wallen PAT Good), tying the game at 10-10 with seconds left in the third quarter.
Catholic Memorial regrouped and rode a kick-off returned to their own 47 yard-line and two costly Lancer penalties down to Brookfield Central's 19 yard-line to open the fourth. Alex Oechsner ran his way to a first down on 3rd & 3, and Fox connected with Jack Schmitzer on nicely executed drag route for a 2-yard touchdown reception. Piacsek's kick was true, and the Crusaders found themselves with a seven-point lead with under 10:00 to play. Brookfield central had opportunities throughout the fourth, but couldn't tie the game. Illegal contact with their kicker on the next series' punt was negated by an offsetting penalty, a pair of costly drops downfield turned the ball over on downs, and sacks put the Lancers away after Linebacker Ben Otto caused a Crusaders fumble with just over 4:00 to play. The Crusaders hung on to take home the week's Champions Trophy. FINAL SCORE: Catholic Memorial Crusaders 17 - Brookfield Central Lancers 10
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