Cardinals are stung again on a game’s final play

GHV's Landon Dalbeck heads down field after intercepting a Cadet pas during the Cards heartbreaking 12-9 loss to Crestwood.

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            For the second time in six weeks, the GHV football team suffered an agonizing defeat as time expired on the game clock. When Algona kicked a field goal on the last play of that game in early September to beat GHV, the loss had no effect on post-season play. Last week’s final-play loss to Crestwood is even more devastating for the Cards as it may very well prove to be the play that keeps GHV out of the playoffs.

            Friday’s game time was moved up 90 minutes due to the potential of severe weather later that evening. The change may have avoided thunderstorms, but heavy rain throughout the day on Friday made for some very wet playing conditions. The soggy field didn’t seem to affect GHV on their first drive of the game as the Cardinals moved 65 yards in five plays to take a 6 – 0 lead just two minutes after the opening kickoff.

            GHV’s lead was short-lived as Crestwood assembled a 14-play 68-yard scoring drive on their first possession of the game. With just over four minutes remaining in the first period, the game was tied at 6 – 6 in what promised to be a high-scoring contest. The tempo quickly changed and the game became a defensive battle as neither team was able to find the end zone again in the first half. GHV was able to pull ahead midway through the second quarter thanks to Connor Burke’s 21-yard field goal. With that score, GHV led 9 – 6 at halftime.

Read the complete story in the Oct. 11 Leader.