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
In the 1st half both
running games were stopped by excellent line and linebacker play on both
teams. The problem for
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
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 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.
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
Hats off to the Kids on these two teams. They fought hard.