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Crimsons impeach Senators, win 40-30

Joe Hall, Staff Writer

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After a rather long, eighteen-ish hour rain delay, the Crimsons defeated the Springfield High School Senators 40-30 on Saturday, September 19.

In their first drive of the game, the Senators went three-and-out and had to punt; however, Crimson linebacker Klay Wood broke through the offensive line and blocked the Matt Severino punt to takeover on downs at the 35-yard line. The Crimsons then rumbled down the field and capped off the drive with a six-yard touchdown run by Joe Brannan. After another Senators three-and-out and successful punt, the Crimsons rushed right back down the field with a 35-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Wright to score once again and make it a 14-0 game. Springfield responded later with a Luis Severino field goal to make it 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Brannan was intercepted by a Springfield defender, which led to a Springfield touchdown to make the score 14-10. Immediately following, the team responded by moving the ball 80 yards down the field and resulted in a one-yard, Klay Wood rushing touchdown. With under two minutes left to go in the second quarter, Brannan scored again with a 41-yard run to bring the score back up to 26-10 at halftime.

The 3rd Quarter was a weird one. Jacksonville Head Coach, Mark Grounds said in an interview with the Springfield Journal Register of the third quarter: “Cramp-fest, injury-fest, that third quarter felt like a quarter of the season. It took forever.” Early in the third, both the Crimsons and Senators put scores on the board, driving the score to 33-16. There would be no other scoring plays that quarter but plenty of leg cramps and injuries.

The game was called with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter.

The contest would commence at 10 AM the next day. The Crimsons scored on their first drive thanks to another rushing touchdown by Joe Brannan. The Senators, however, would not quit because they would score two more times to bring the score to 40-30. The Crimsons would continue to grind the clock until the very end. The 19+ hour game would end 40-30.

The Crimsons will next take on Decatur Eisenhower at Decatur this upcoming Friday, then take on the MacArthur Generals for their Homecoming game on October 2 at Kraushaar-Rosenberger Field.

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