Princes rule over Vikings on gridiron

Andrew Frew
Cambridge’s defense works hard to contain Princeville’s offense during the varsity football game Friday evening at CHS.

    On a beautiful Friday night, the defending West Prairie Trail North champs came to town, looking to keep their unblemished record intact. The Princeville Princes did just that with a 45-10 win, but not without a fight. The Vikings took a blindeye to this perfect record of the Princes and proved that they were up for the challenge.

    "We actually played better than what the score indicates," said Coach Terry Anderson, " I was pleased with the energy we had this week."

    Princeville started out the scoring four minutes into the game, with a dash from 21 yards out. Six minutes later Patrick Morey, returning the favor, carried it in from the 15 yard line and Mikel Miller evened it up with the extra point.

    "We traded scores to start the game, with what I believe was our best drive of the season so far," commented Anderson. "We were able to move the ball down the field with a combination of rushes and short passes, finishing off with Morey’s score."

    Princeville scored twice in the second quarter, the second score with a minute left in the half, from 33 yards out. Making it 21-7 at half-time.

    "We ran into a team with more depth and speed, and that eventually showed in the second half," said Anderson. "They were able to make some big plays with long gains."

    Princeville scored two more in the third quarter, making what started as a close game, not so close. They took it in from the 25 yard line with 5:33 left in the quarter. Two minutes later they did it again from the 27. Princeville had two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while finishing off with over 300 yards of rushing.

    Cambridge had some of their own impressive numbers with Morey rushing for 94 yards, Goodwin catching for 76 and Clayton Carr going 10 for 25 with a 108 yards. The Vikings kicking game closed out the scoring with an impressive 24-yard boot from new-comer Mikel Miller.

    "We need to concentrate with not being satisfied, with what was a better effort, but not good enough,” said Anderson. “We will try to get better and more intense for the remaining weeks. Hopefully we can make strides quickly as we have another tough opponent in the Titans of Annawan/Wethersfield at home this week."    

    Next week the Vikings will face the Titans. It is a home meet,  at 7 p.m. against a newly combined team.

    Q1    Q2    Q3    Q4    Ttl.

CHS    7    0    0    3    10

PHS    7    14    12    12    45

Team Statistics First downs: CHS 12, Prince 16; Yards Rushing: CHS 124, Prince 326; Yards Passing: CHS 108, Prince 81; Total Yards: CHS 232, Prince 407; Penalties-yards: CHS 4-40, Prince 9-70; Fumbles lost: CHS 0, Prince 1, lost none; Interceptions: CHS 2, Prince 0.

CHS individual statistics Rushing: (attempts, yardage, average) Morey 27,94,3.15; Walsh 6,22,3.66; Carr 1,0,-1; Prevost 1,18,18; Passing: (comp, att, int, td) Carr 10,25,2,108; Receiving: (pc, yds, td) Root 1,4,0; Goodwin 5,76,0; Lenertz 1, 12, 0; Prevost 2,8,0; Walsh 1,8,0. Tackles: Morey 3, DeKezel 5, Prevost 8, Root 2, Walsh 4, D. Johnson 1, Carr 1, Lenertz 5, Goodwin 10, Kirlin 2, Lavin 6, Fritch 1, Brown 1, A. Johnson 3, Kane 8, G. Evans 4, Roden 2, Banovitz 2, N. Evans 1, Smith 4.