All Saints Falls 54-21 to Reese in Home Opener
All Saints Cougars Succumb to Deadly Reese Rocket passing game
September 6, 2009
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The Rockets passing game put the hurt on the Cougars home opener! (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
By: Kevin Kula
With the memory of last weeks away victory over Valley Lutheran in the back of their minds the All Saints Cougars ran confidently onto their home field hoping to add another "W" to their record. But this wasn't the same Cougar team fans were used to seeing. With new team leaders, and a new head coach at the helm, this years Cougars have some big shoes to fill; especially after last seasons playoff run.
The Cougars 2008-09 team! (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
Unfortunately the first play of the game couldn't have gone much worse for the Cougars. After successfully receiving the ball, Quincy Brissette #17
fumbled the ball, turning the ball over to the Rockets around midfield.
The Reese Rockets recover an ASC fumble on the opening kickoff! (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
On the very next play the Rockets capitalized on All Saints' costly mistake. Reese's quarterback Jared Bender #13
sent the ball soaring over the Cougar defenders and into the waiting arms of receiver Justin Heinlein #2
who managed to out run All Saints' shocked defense and score the first Rocket touchdown.
ASC's Kevin Swiercz tries to stop Justin Heinleins long reach into the end zone. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
The Cougars quickly recovered from their disastrous beginning and focused on getting a little pay back. On the second play of the Cougars surge down the field, they pulled off a brilliant passing play of their own. With the pressure on from Reese's defense, All Saints' quarterback Drew Janer #12
threw the ball deep down field where it was caught by Garrett Bowker #18
who managed to make it to within ten yards of the goal line. The Cougars evened the odds seconds later, when Janer blasted his way through the Rocket's defense and put his team on the board with a Cougar touchdown. After a successful PAT kick from Jake Lesniak #58
the Cougars took the lead.
(Above)Cougar QB Drew Janer looks for Bowker deep down field to set up an ASC touchdown that Janer punches in on a keeper. (Below)
(MyBayCity Photos by Kevin Kula)
The score didn't stay in the Cougars favor for long. Back on offense, the Rockets precision passing game came back to haunt the Cougars. Reese took back the lead after a spectacular 46 yard pass resulted in another Rocket touchdown.
The Reese Rockets passing game was working against the Cougars. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
Qunicy Brissette stops the Rockets running game near the goal line. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
The Cougars fought back on offense, but just couldn't break through the Rocket's defense again. The Rockets would go on to score two more touchdowns and a two-point-conversion to make the score 28-7 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Junior Garrett Bowker brings down a Rocket. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
ASC's Kevin Gwizdala tries to run down Gnatkowski who was headin' to the end zone. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
The Rockets continued to dominate on offense, adding three more touchdowns and one PAT to their score before the end of the first half. The Cougars would go scoreless in the 2nd quarter, and head to the locker room down 47-7 at halftime.
The Cougars defense tried hard to put a stop the the Rockets powerful offense. (Above) Kevin Swiercz drags down this Reese runner. (Below) Gwizdala gets Rocket's Chris Bauer from behind.
(MyBayCity Photos by Kevin Kula)
Another TD by the Rockets closed out this poor half for the Cougars! (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
After a rousing performance by the newly formed Cougar Dance Team and the All Saints Pom Squad the Cougars were ready to get down to business.
The Cougar Dance Team has it goin' on when they take the field! (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
A crowd pleasing kick-line from ASC's Pom Squad! (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
The Cougar defenders tightened up defensively in the second half, allowing the Rockets to add only one touchdown and a PAT to their score. Offensively, the Cougars managed to add a pair of touchdowns with their PAT's to their score in the final minutes of the 4th quarter.
Junior Jimmy Jasman looks for running room. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
Cougar Kevin Swiercz breaks through the Rockets defense to score. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)
Despite their best efforts, the Cougars walked off their home field with a 54-21 loss. All Saints' new Head Coach Eric Gust
said after the game "We knew they (Reese) were a good team; we've got a lot of work to do."
All Saints will take on USA next Friday at home.
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