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Tough, tough night for Albia in 48-0 loss - Albia Newspapers: Sports

Tough, tough night for Albia in 48-0 loss

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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:41 am


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It started with a snap over the quarterback’s head in a pouring rain and ended with Centerville dancing away with a 48-0 victory. In 110 years of playing closely contested, smash mouth football games, this wasn’t one to remember from Albia’s stand point.

“I really can’t explain it,” said Coach Justin Huber. “I don’t know if the weather bothered us, or if we couldn’t shake the early mistakes. We didn’t block well and our tackling was awful. It was really disappointing.”

The Blue Demons actually got it together pretty well after the center snap sailed over the head of Cade Crall to the one-yard-line. Crall ran the next play eight yards to the nine and kept again for six yards to the 15. Albia punted to Centerville’s 42, the Big Red drove to the 19, but a bad center snap cost them 12 yards and a well covered pass play dropped them back three more and they punted with 6:47 left.

Jer McAninch fought for a yard at the 15, then Crall hit Jon Gaultieri for five to the 20 to set up a manageable third and four. But a fumble gave Centerville the ball at the Albia 12 and McCain Oden rambled in on the first play from scrimmage to score with 5:19 left in the quarter. The kick by Mason Haskell was good and Centerville led 7-0.

Albia’s next series started at the 20 and resulted in a two-yard net loss. The Blue Demons punted and Centerville started at the 43. A 10-yard run by quarterback Brady Kauzlarich and a 33-yard run by Tiger Terpstra to the 12 was followed by a touchdown run by Kauzlarich and the Big Red led 14-0 with 1:53 left in the quarter.

Crall hit Gualtieri for five to the 25 to start the next drive, but was sacked for seven, threw incomplete and Albia lined up to punt again. But Trent Garver’s punt was blocked and with 10 seconds left in the quarter, Centerville had the ball at the Albia 10. A penalty backed Centerville up to the 15, then Bryce Cardani ran through several tackles to score with two ticks left.

The Blue Demons took over at the 32 to start the second quarter and the offense gained some life. Crall hit Nathan Crall for 16 to the 48 and Tyler Stringfellow made a sensational one-handed grab for 22 yards to the 38. Crall gained three and the train came off the tracks. Two incompletions and a sack turned the ball back to Centerville at their own 30 with 10:49 left in the half.

The Big Red had a poor series of downs, fumbling and shanking a punt to give Albia excellent field position at the 46. Crall found Stringfellow for 10 yards to the 35, but then another sack, a penalty, an incompletion and a fake punt that went nowhere gave Centerville back the ball.

Oden took a pitch for six to the 49, then ran through several missed tackles along the Centerville sideline to the Albia five-yard-line. On the next play he scored to make it 27-0. McCann’s kick was good and Albia trailed 28-0 with 5:36 left in the half.

The next Albia drive was a frustrating as those ahead of it. Crall was sacked, McAninch was dropped for a five-yard loss to the five and Crall hit Gualtieri for eight yards to give Garver some room to punt. But poor tackling allowed Centerville to return the punt to the 24. Cardani ran for nine, 10, three and two for the touchdown which made it 35-0 as the clock ticked toward zero and halftime.

Second half

With a running clock, Centerville needed two plays to score. Oden ran for 25 and then Kauzlarich raced 63 yards for the touchdown to make it 41-0.

The Blue Demons came out in the polecat offense and a pass from Crall to Gualtieri for 13 yards garnered a first down at the 35, but three straight losses by Crall forced another punt. The Big Red needed two plays starting at the 45 to score with Kauzlarich running in from 45 yards out.

Trailing 48-0, Garver came in at quarterback, picked up 10 and five, but was sacked and punted with two minutes left in the quarter. Albia held and forced a punt which Nathan Crall fielded and ran back to the Albia 37. Garver would complete a 10-yard pass to Stringfellow before the team was forced to punt again. The Big Red had the ball for one more series and went nowhere and Albia wound up at the 44 as time ran out.

Statistically, the game was dismal. The Blue Demons had minus 48 yards rushing and just 32 yards of total offense. The Big Red rushed for 294 yards led by Kauzlarich’s 122 yards on nine carries, Oden’s eight carries for 94 and Cardani’s 46 yards on seven carries. They completed just one pass.

Albia quarterbacks were sacked nine times. Shawn Good and Pete Sarver led the team in tackles with four each.

“There are just a lot of little things we need to fix,” said Coach Huber. “And everything is fixable. Our guys are working hard as a team.”

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