Victory eludes CC-E, 28-16
REMSEN -- Friday night's game against Remsen-Union provided Clay Central-Everly with their most winnable game of the season. The Rockets carried just one win into the game -- a 28-0 shutout of struggling River Valley -- and had scored nearly 30 less points than the Mavs this season. However, CC-E came up just short on a crucial fourth down play in the red zone late in the fourth quarter and ultimately fell 28-16 to go 0-9 on the season.
"We had two opportunities to score (in the second half). With about four minutes left, we were down on the 3 and tried to do a shotgun bubble screen. The snap bounced, and (quarterback) Ben (McClain) rolled out and got a throw off while he was being tackled, but it was just short of being caught," CC-E football coach Dan Heissel said. "We were in that game all the way up until that point. This one was a heartbreaker. You talk about two teams pounding it out on the field. It was a great game. It took a lot out of us, but I was so proud of all the kids."
CC-E scored on a 2-yard Judge Altenburg run in the first quarter, and the score stood at 12-6 after the first 12 minutes.
In the second half, Devon Jeniges housed a 75-yard kickoff return, and Bailey Stimson reeled in a 65-yard pass from Ben McClain to make it an 18-18 game at the midway point.
Neither team could find an edge until R-U put up six early in the fourth.
The Mavericks' final push to tie the game came up just short, and when they got the ball back on a punt, a sack in the endzone put up the final two points for the Rockets.
Altenburg finished with 86 yards on 30 carries. Stimson ran for 34 on eight touches. McClain went 3-7 for 71 yards through the air.
Logan Heissel was a monster on defense, intercepting a pair of passes and involving himself on 24 tackles.
"Logan was all over the field. He had a very good defensive game tonight," Coach Heissel said. "Offensively, Ben McClain had a very good game. The next two years, he'll only get better. He's a smart kid, and he works hard."
The Mavs end their season winless for the second straight season, but Heissel looks forward to the future.
"It was a tough season, but they never quit, and they continue to make strides and improve themselves," he said. "There's a lot of youth and a lot of potential coming up."