Not only did Coach Ober help the Cardinals win their first game, he wrote a terrific play-by-play recap of Thursday's victory for the players to remember.
Cardinals Win First Game on Key Defensive Stop and Final Drive
After weeks of preparation and some last minute pregame practice, the Cardinals finally took to real competition with a game against the Saints. This game of high-powered offenses came down to one final play after many great plays by both teams on both sides of the ball. The Cardinals offense could not be denied as they scored on each offensive possession. Every kid got an offensive touch and participated with unwavering focus in between plays!
In the first half, James Meehan threw a terrific block to allow Everett Klink to score his first career touchdown. James later scampered for a long receiving touchdown with solid YAC (yards after catch) from a short pass! There was great blocking on the play by Regie Welsh and Max Ober. Zachary Caravella kept the scoring alive when he zig- zagged across the field and then tiptoed the sideline for a long touchdown. After the touchdown, he was quoted as saying “did you see my mad skills coach?”
The Saints started with the ball in the 2nd half with the score tied. And the Cardinals were up for a defensive challenge. Charlie Galligan and Ty Sullivan spearheaded the defensive series with relentless pursuit of the ball carriers and tight coverage on defending two passes. The Cardinals forced the only turnover on downs and took over possession for one final drive from their own territory.
They quickly moved into Saints territory with a 30-yard reception from the sure handed Grame Nowak who was brought down just before the end zone. After three unsuccessful tries from the five-yard line, the Cardinals needed to convert on the last play of the game. On what was supposed to be the Statue of Liberty Play, Zachary Caravella ended up taking a desperation dump pass for his second touchdown with time and daylight running out! The Cardinals won their first game, hopefully had a great time, and then shook hands with the Saints to learn a little bit about sportsmanship.