Football: Remsen St. Mary's passing attack does in CC-E, 44-22
The Remsen St. Mary's passing attack moved the ball down field quickly and efficiently as they rolled to a district victory over Clay Central-Everly in Royal, 44-22. Remsen QB Tyler Delperdang moved the ball threw the air and with his legs as the senior kept drives alive with long runs and threw four first-half touchdown passes to four different receivers.
Remsen St. Mary's completed 27-of-44 passes for 297 yards. They gained 212 on the ground.
The Mavericks, who dropped to 0-5 on the season and 0-3 in Class 8 District 1, started the game with a 4th-down defensive stand at their own 5-yard-line to force a turnover on downs on the Hawks' first drive.
On CC-E's fourth play from scrimmage, Jesup Muhlbauer fumbled going through the line, which was recovered by St. Mary's. The turnover led to a 20-yard touchdown pass from Delperdang for the first score of the game. The conversion failed for a 6-0 Remsen lead. Fumbles have plagued CC-E all season.
After a Muhlbauer kick return into Remsen territory, the Mavs got help from two Hawk penalties which moved them near the redzone. CC-E QB Chazz Brown connected with tight end Ty Hoffman on 4th down for a 12-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone to tie the game. Muhlbauer's rushing attempt was good for the 2-point conversion and CC-E had the 8-6 advantage.
The lead wouldn't last long as Delperdang once again went to the air and connected with Michael Nasers for a 37-yard touchdown pass just 44 seconds later. The conversion was good as the Hawks regain a 14-8 lead.
In the second quarter, CC-E turned the ball over on downs but had St. Mary's in a 4th-down situation at the CC-E 30-yard-line. Delperdang found Elliott Conover for a 30-yard touchdown pass, his third of the game to his third different receiver.
The Mavericks would turn the Hawks over on downs following a punt but Colton Doran would lose CC-E's second fumble of the first half, which set-up another Hawk score. Delperdang scrambled for 35 yards on 3rd down, which lead to a 20-yard touchdown pass to Travis Schroeder and a 28-8 half time lead.
"We struggle with speed of receivers and staying in our coverages, so their passing game hurt us," CC-E coach Austin Davis said.
CC-E got in the endzone twice more in the second half, first with a 1-yard touchdown run by Doran. Brown connected with Skyler Iske for a 61-yard touchdown pass later in the game.
Brown finished 5-for-15 for 94 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception. The senior quarterback also rushed for 86 yards on 25 carries. Doran carried 16 times for 43 yards and touchdown.
"We run hard but we've got to be able to execute the passing game so opponents can't just load up the box on us," Davis said.
CC-E will host Remsen-Union next Friday for its homecoming game.