Antelope comes from behind to take CAL title from Whitney 35-27
In a Capital Athletic League championship game that appeared might be another Whitney High blowout turned out to be a slugfest that ended in Antelope’s favor 35-27 Friday night.
In a span of two minutes and 30 seconds in the first quarter, the Wildcats put three touchdowns on the board and appeared totally in charge with a 20-0 lead.
The first touchdown came on an 18-yard strike from quarterback Drew Romo to Cody Moffitt. Moffitt made a diving catch of the ball and finished the night with six grabs for 87 yards and six points.
Two plays later, linebacker Francis Kim picked off an errant Tyler McCombs’ pass and raced 44 yards to set up Whitney’s second score from 2-yards out. Running back Sutter Choisser took it in from there.
Three plays later, Andrew Huskey fell on a Titans’ fumble at the Whitney 45-yard line. On the next snap, Choisser went up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown. As if an omen, Jordan Traynor missed the point-after attempt.
Antelope then got its offense going and drove to the Wildcats’ 2-yard line to end the quarter.
McCombs took it in two plays later on a sneak to narrow the score to 20-7. The drive took 13 plays and more than five minutes off the clock.
After an exchange of possessions, the Titans then marched from their own 31 to Whitney’s 14. Using Tyler Winston’s height to its advantage, McCombs lobbed a corner end-zone pass to the wide receiver for a second score. The half ended 20-14.
In the third quarter, the Titans came out grinding again to go on a 63-yard sustained drive. That was culminated by a 2-yard plunge from running back Jonathan Crippes. The ‘Cats were beginning to show fatigue as the visitors overcame a 10-yard holding call in the drive and did not throw a pass.
Now trailing 21-20, Whitney couldn’t seem to do more than move the ball between the 40s. The dagger came when the Titans again went on the march.
Antelope put together another drive consisting of 10 plays and four minutes and overcame two holding calls. This time Crippes only had to go 1 yard for the score for a 28-20 Titans’ lead at the end of three quarters.
In the final stanza, Antelope took a commanding 35-20 lead following a 12-play drive. The Titans’ continued to frustrate the ’Cats defense overcoming penalties using an end-around play handing off to Winston. Winston ran the ball four times in the last half for gains of 12, 15, 8 and 18 yards.
McCombs finished it by hitting Crippes for 20 yards and the Titans’ final TD of the night.
With the clock down to 7:16 in the game, Romo and Co. went 80 yards in 10 plays and took only two minutes and 17 seconds off the clock. Choisser again completed the job from 2 yards out – a defensive stop would be needed.
Starting at their own 9, Antelope again went on the march. Whitney was bending but trying hard not to break but frustrations eventually did them in. When it seemed the Wildcats might stop the drive at midfield, a personal foul was called on the home boys and a player was ejected – game, set, match.
Antelope was able to run out the clock from that point on and claimed the league crown.
ANTELOPE 35, WHITNEY 27
Titans 0 14 14 7 – 35
Wildcats 20 0 0 7 – 27
Passing – A – McCombs 7-11-145-2-1. W – Romo 13-22-152-1.
Rushing – A – Crippes 29-140-2, Vinson 8-71, McCombs 6-2-1, Rogers 5-33, Winston 4-53. W- Powell 6-18, Choisser 14-115-3, Wilkinson 3-26, Romo 2-0.
Receiving – A – Crippes 3-50-1, Mercado 2-10, Winston 2-33-1, Purther 1-31, Golovko 1-24. W – Torres – 3-29, Moffitt 6-87-1, Carpenter 1-15, Corpus 1-7, Powell 2-14.
Totals – A – 444 yards. W – 311 yards.
Penalties – A – 14-115. W – 2 25.