Game Recap: Crespi 24 @ Birmingham 16

Crespi lead 17-0. QB Kevin Prince was 5-6 in the 1st half...

This game opened with neither team moving the ball on their 1st drives.  However, ever Crespi got on track moving the ball on their second possession (6minute drive), scoring a TD and Kicking the Extra Point, finishing the 1st Quarter leading 7-0.  Crespi continued to put together drives in the 2nd quarter and through the end of the 1st half. 


Crespi lead 17-0 on very sharp decision making on throws by QB Kevin Prince.  Prince was 5-6 in the 1st half, but they were impact throws and catches.  #14 Brandon Ibarra made several nice catches. 


In the 1st half both running games were stopped by excellent line and linebacker play on both teams.  The problem for Birmingham was they could not get the passing game going.  They were 7/18 with several drops on some high throws.  So with neither the passing or running game going Birmingham came up short in the 1st half.


Then as coaches always do, they work their magic in the halls of halftime.  Both teams came out ready to make plays. 


#2 and Division I prospect Milton Know got on track and put up an amazing 166 yards and 2 TD's with two 2 point conversions.  This was highlighted by runs of 32 (to setup a short TD run and 48 yards for a TD.


Birmingham was becoming one dimensional because the passing game was not working and Crespi's Division I superstar, #3 DJ Holt coming from the front side DE, put an end to #7 QB James Beloff's night with a monstrous blind side sack. It normally is not a blind side for a right handed QB however, because Beloff's, drop opening to his left (he's a right hander) turned his back to the locomotive coming. 


The Birmingham defense played well all night and slowed Crespi, until about 6:44 of the 3rd quarter, Prince play action and reverse, rolled left and dumped the ball to Holt and 60 yards later in awesome sprint time he scored.  Mr. Holt took over the game defensively with a sack and 2 tackles for losses and punt block and almost a scoop and score.  Prince did more rolling in the 2nd half and threw very well on the run.


The players that shined here were:

Birmingham Offensive line and Defense played awesome

Crespi Offensive line and Defensive Lines, linebackers, Defensive backs played physical football.  Austin Shanks and newcomer Lonell Jones covered receivers and came up to close down runs quickly.


Birmingham Miton Knox - 160 yards, 2 tds and 2 extra points.


Crespi Kevin Prince, excellent decision making (approx 10/14 with 3 tds), DJ Holt, overpowering on both sides of the ball, Austin Shanks, this kid is going to break some defenders ankles with his quick change of direction and tough running, Brandon Ibarra made some hard nosed catches to keep drives alive.  Ibarra also is a weapon kicking the ball, keeping Birmingham's Knox, a dangerous kick returner, watching the ball sail 5 yards deep in the end zone.


Hats off to the Kids on these two teams.  They fought hard.



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