CHERRYVALE – For the 2nd consecutive week the Cherryvale defense kept their opponents in check while the offense found early success. The Chargers improved to 2-1 overall , 2-1 in the league with a win over Tri-Valley league foe Erie, who falls to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the league on the season.
“Our kids played hard tonight. Our Defense took a big step forward. Great team win. Offense blocking was better and back followed them very well. Still, have some things to clean up before next week.” said Cherryvale head coach Harry Hester.
After a back and forth battle to start the game, it was the Cherryvale offense who struck first when quarterback Cade Addis completed a 12 yard pass to Gavin Hooper. The 2 point conversion was good when Garrett Novotny got the call and ran in the endzone. Cherryvale takes a 8-0 lead with 4:57 left in the 1st.
Novotny would over power the Erie Red Devil defense in the second quarter with a 44 yard touchdown run. Addis would reverse earlier roles from Novotny and be the one to score the 2 point conversion. Cherryvale extends their lead to 16-0 with 7:18 to go in the 1st half.
On the next drive, the Cherryvale defense would force an Erie fumble deep into Red Devil territory. Wyatt Raida would recover the fumble and run it back 25 yards for the defensive score. Addis would connect with Novotny for the 2nd time in the game for the 2 point conversion. Cherryvale in control 24-0 with 6:55 left in the 2nd.
Just before half time the Cherryvale offense would find the endzone when Garrett Novotny busted an 84 yard run into the endzone. Cade Addis for the 2nd time in the ball game would complete the 2 point conversion with a keeper. Cherryvale would go into halftime with a 32-0 halftime lead.
The two teams would spend the 2nd half battling back and forth and trading field positions. The lone Erie Red Devil score would come at the start of the 4th quarter when the Chargers second team were backed up deep in their territory and a mishandled snap would be recovered in the end zone by the Erie defense. Cherryvale would keep the Erie’s offense off the scoreboard for the final score of 32-2.
Cherryvale will begin district play next week when they travel to Belle Plain (1-2). Erie will host the winless Riverton Rams to begin district play next week.
Total Offense 66 239
Number of Plays 40 25
Yards per Play 1.7 9.6
Passing 15 54
Completions – Attempts 1 – 7 4 – 5
Yards per Pass 15.0 13.5
Touchdowns – Interceptions 0 – 1 1 – 0
Rushing 51 185
Rushing Attempts 33 20
Yards per Rush 1.5 9.3
Receiving 15 54
Receiving Completions 1 4
Yards per Catch 15.0 13.5
Penalties – Yards 6 – 45 3 – 25
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles – Lost 2 – 1 2 – 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Punting Attempts – Average Distance 5 – 33.6 3 – 37.0
Defensive Sacks – Yards 0 – 0 0 – 0
Time of Possession 00:37:09 00:10:28
First Downs 6 6
First Downs – Rushing 5 4
First Downs – Passing 0 2
First Downs – Penalties 1 0
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/13 (15.4%) 2/9 (22.2%)