CULVER — Culver Military Academy snapped Class A No. 1 Lafayette Central Catholic’s 48-game football winning streak with a 14-12 victory at Oliver Field Friday.
“Our boys showed tremendous resiliency and resolve tonight. We had our backs against the wall again, but our defense rose to the challenge,” CMA head coach Andy Dorrel said. “I’m just very proud of our coaching staff and our kids, and the opportunity to win a game like this is very special in high school football.”
CMA’s Joel Tinney broke a 66-yard run to set up his 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. CMA safety Beau Ecksten intercepted Ty Preston on Central Catholic’s 2-point conversion in the fourth to preserve the lead.
“We just approached this game one play at a time,” Dorrel said. “We didn’t want to get too high; we knew we’d make some mistakes, we’ve had problems with that all year, and we knew they would make plays. We just took it one play at a time. They called a timeout right before their two-point conversion, and we just talked about making one more play, and Beau was able to step in front of their pass and make a play and fall in the end zone. We were able to recover the onside kick and that gave us the victory.
“We just feel that this team, they do not want to let each other down,” he added. “They continue to play hard for each other, they care about each other. We had a starting lineman out tonight — J.P. Slykas, who has played very well for us — and after the game, Beau Ecksten gave J.P. the game ball, and just the emotion of supporting their buddy, their teammate who was not able to that victory tonight, was very special. I just feel fortunate to coach a group of young men that really enjoy competing hard for one another.”
Quarterback Hayes Barnes scored on a 3-yard plunge and then hooked up with Tinney on the 2-point conversion to give the Eagles a first-quarter lead.
• CULVER MILITARY 14,
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 12
Score by quarters
LCC 6 0 0 6 — 12
CMA 8 0 0 6 — 14
CMA —Hayes Barnes 3 run. Joel Tinney pass from Barnes. 7:41
LCC — Timmy Mills 61 run. Run failed. 1:03.
CMA — Tinney 2 run. Run failed. 11:14.
LCC - Brad Schrader 4 run. Pass failed. 0:49.7
First downs 15 9
Plays/yds rushing. 33/137 32/175
Yards passing 118 30
Passing 11-25-2 6-10-0
Punting. 5/145 4/162
Fumbles/lost. 2/0 2/0
Penalties/Yds. 4/35 12/95
Records: CMA 3-1, LCC 3-1