by Adam Kemp Published: Sat, September 22, 2018 1:42 PM Updated: Sat, September 22, 2018 1:48 PM Community Christian coach Mat McIntosh left the recruiting up to his players. After a winless season last year, McIntosh said it was hard to believe, but the excitement level for the team was pretty high. “We really recruited the hallways hard,” McIntosh said. “We felt like we had a chance to make a big jump this year and so far, that’s proving to be true.” Community Christian is currently sitting at 3-1 on the year following Thursday night’s 28-6 road victory at Stratford. Quarterback AJ Ward got it done any way he could for Community against Stratford, passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 97 more yards. “AJ really helps make us go,” McIntosh said. “His playmaking with his feet is really essential to our success on offense.” Also crucial for the Royals this year is the … [Read more...] about Community Christian footballs builds numbers, finds success
It’s a play Cashion doesn’t practice. Trailing Christian Heritage Academy with less than 30 seconds to go, Cashion quarterback Griffin Lamb had to use his feet to make a play. Lamb scrambled to his left from the 10-yard line looking to throw into the end zone, seeing nothing open he rounded back the other way waiting for a receiver to break off his man Lamb had to juke one CHA defender and then saw Brexten Green get some separation from his man. Lamb fired. Touchdown. “It was an exciting finish,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “We don’t have that drill in practice, Griffin is just able to make that play.” The game-winning touchdown drive helped Cashion go on to beat CHA 18-14 as Lamb finished with 121 yards passing and two touchdowns, while rushing for a third score. After routing rival Crescent last week, Shackelford said he was worried about his team facing a tough CHA squad while still riding that … [Read more...] about Cashion’s Lamb delivers on game-winning drive
MORGANTOWN — Trends sure have shifted in the West Virginia-Kansas State football series. Coach Dana Holgorsen’s program went 0-4 against the Wildcats upon entering the Big 12, but have eked out victories the past two years. Even though the No. 12 Mountaineers (2-0) are 16-point favorites entering today’s conference opener at Milan Puskar Stadium, they haven’t forgotten “I don’t know how we won the last two games,” Holgorsen joked this week. In 2016, West Virginia rallied in the fourth quarter to pull ahead 17-16 and held on when Mitch McCrane missed a 43-yard field goal. Last year in Manhattan, Kan., the Mountaineers were shutout during the second half yet survived 28-23. Despite throwing four touchdowns in that win, Will Grier also tossed two interceptions and was flummoxed by his offense enduring a string of three-and-outs. The Heisman Trophy contender shook his head this week after reviewing the footage. “It was bad — we watched … [Read more...] about West Virginia gearing up for always-difficult Kansas State
Anyone remember when Oregon was all the rage of college football? It wasn’t that long ago.The Ducks played in the 2014 national championship game, having whacked Florida State 59-20 in a Rose Bowl semifinal before losing to Ohio State 42-20 in the Big Bowl.But starting with that loss to the Buckeyes, the Ducks won just 20 of 39 games and went through two coaching changes. Oregon fired Mark Helfrich after the 2016 season, then Willie Taggart bolted for Florida State after just one season in Eugene. Now Mario Cristobal has taken over a program that went 80-14 from 2008-14 and played in two national championship games.And the 20th-ranked Ducks are back on the national stage, at least temporarily, hosting No. 7 Stanford on Saturday night.“It’s why you come to Oregon, to have an opportunity like this,” Cristobal said. “We told the players yesterday, ‘Look, we created this opportunity for ourselves by playing good football.’”Well, actually, … [Read more...] about When will Oregon return to college football’s upper crust?
Coach Geoff Collins’ favorite play of the game wasn’t one of Temple University’s three interceptions, two fumble recoveries or four touchdowns. Instead, it was a sack at the end of the third quarter. The special part for Collins wasn’t that the sack came on third down and forced Tulsa to punt, it was that senior running back Ryquell Armstead made it. “You don’t see many starting tailbacks in America cover kickoffs, cover punts and protect on punts, and then get out there on defense and rush the quarterback and get sacks,” Collins said. The Owls beat Tulsa 31-17 at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night – the team’s first conference win this season against the American Athletic Conference opponent. For Armstead, Thursday was a night of milestones that moved him up on several university all-time bests lists. In addition to the first sack of his career, one of Temple’s six, Armstead also scored a touchdown and rushed for 108 … [Read more...] about Armstead reaches new milestones in Temple win