"If you turn on the TV on Sunday, you will not see that play done any better than St. Bernard’s did it." Even though the Cubs recovered 3 of the kicks, St. Bernard’s made the most of scooping up the other three, and was able to put together 7 touchdowns in the first two quarters of play, their possessions outnumbering the Cubs’ 8-4.
"I told the guys we were never out of the game. We moved the ball when we had it." The Cubs rushed for over 150 yards with junior Troy Langley carrying the ball into the end zone from 9 yards out.
Langley also caught a 58-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Joey Wittlake and senior Asa Purnell had three receptions. Juniors Cole Jacinto and Justice Sherman sacked the Crusaders quarterback in the end zone for a safety in the 4th quarter.
Olsen also had praise for junior outside linebacker Aaron Galvin who had a pass deflection and a couple tackles on sweep plays
Olsen is pleased with his Cubs’ ability to fight back in the second half and play hard.
"They (Ferndale) lost ten seniors last year," said Olsen, "and they are not as strong as they usually are. If we can keep the ball and play smart we’ll be fine."
The Cubs are now 3-3 on the season and will need to win 2 of their remaining four games to qualify for the post season.
South Fork’s JVs fell 28-6 to St. Bernard’s earlier in the day.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NICK ADAMS TIMES-STANDARD
1. South Fork wide receiver Troy Langley looks back to see if a St. Bernard’s defender is catching up as he runs for a 58-yard touchdown. Langley took a quick slant from quarterback Joey Wittlake and out-ran Crusaders defense for the score in the first quarter.
2. St. Bernard’s quarterback Patrick Allen protects the football diving forward as he is tackled by a South Fork defender. Allen threw and ran for two touchdowns. He finished with 115 yards passing and 108 yards rushing.