Cromwell football defense overpowers IsleIt was a war of attrition when Cromwell played Isle on the road Friday night. The Cards eventually wore down Isle to come out with a 20-14 victory in the Great Northern East Conference.
By: Kerry Rodd, Pine Journal
It was a war of attrition when Cromwell played Isle on the road Friday night. The Cards eventually wore down Isle to come out with a 20-14 victory in the Great Northern East Conference.
“They are a very solid team,” said Cromwell coach Jeff Gronner of Isle. “We knew it would be a tough game and it was, although the score was much closer than how much we actually controlled the game.”
Cromwell gained a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Shale Korpela busted in from the 6-yard line, but a failed extra point left the score 6-0.
Isle took an 8-6 lead when Jared Oswald slashed his way to the goal line from 82 yards out. Then Isle made a 2-point conversion run early in the second quarter. Before the quarter ended, the Cards had taken the lead back when Jordan Suhonen found Tyler Burggraff open for a 78-yard touchdown pass and run. Adam Smith pounded in the 2-point conversion, making it 14-8 at halftime in favor of Cromwell.
“Our defense played outstandingly,” recalled Gronner. “We gave up that one long touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter, otherwise they did nothing on offense.”
The lone touchdown of the third quarter was scored by Cromwell’s Burggraff on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Smith on an option. Suhonen completed the 2-point conversion, making the score 22-8 in Cromwell’s favor.
The Cards added another score in the final quarter when Adam Smith bolted in from the 12 to push the lead to 28-8.
“We forced six turnovers and we had three sacks on defense,” explained Gronner. “Adam Smith had a great game on offense. Korpela got hurt so Adam had to pick up the slack and he did.”
Smith gained 122 yards on the ground, he passed for a touchdown and he had 35 yards receiving.
The Cards did give up a late touchdown to Isle, but the starters had been pulled and Cromwell was just playing out the clock.
“Their last score came when we pulled our starters and they scored with five seconds left,” mentioned Gronner. “The difference in the game was that we were the more disciplined, conditioned team and it showed in the fourth quarter on a very humid night.”
The win improves Cromwell to 4-1 overall.