Lions & Tigers Put on Great Show
By Mike Hastings
In a classic clash between two high school football titans, Christ Presbyterian Academy edged Ensworth 21-20 in overtime Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
The game featured terrific plays from both teams and key mistakes on both sides. In the end, CPA executed when they had to in overtime to earn the victory.
There were star performances on both sides. Ensworth’s Nicky Clifton ran like a man possessed, barreling over would-be tacklers and racing for 201 yards on 22 carries, including a touchdown in OT.
The Tigers’ Jaylon King thrilled the home crowd with a 100-plus yard return of a field goal attempt, evading almost every Lion defender on the way to the end zone. The only problem was the play didn’t count. Under high school rules the ball is dead and can’t be returned after a missed field goal.
King still managed to record many great plays that did count, including seven catches for 134 yards and a touchdown, as well as three rushes for 32 yards.
Cole Kennan was excellent at quarterback for the Tigers, completing 10 of 13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
Kane Patterson was the workhorse for the Lions, carrying 19 times for 89 tough yards and scored two touchdowns.
Noah Henderson was able to open things up for the Lions, catching seven passes for 90 yards.
Lion QB Ryan Eledge completed 12 of 24 passes for 168 yards, including the game-winner in overtime to McNeill Stout.
After both teams scored twice in the first half, the second half was all about turnovers, key penalties and timely defense.
Just when it looked like one team would score, the other’s defense would make a play and force a turnover. Regulation play ended with the score still tied at 14-14.
Ensworth got the ball first in OT and scored on Clifton’s 4-yard run. However the PAT was no good, opening the door for CPA.
The Lions rushed through it on Eledge’s pass to Stout. Then Sebastian Stubblefield calmly converted the PAT to give the Lions the exciting 21-20 victory.
From the moment Ensworth student Corrina Gill sang the national anthem in front of her proud papa Vince, to when the winning PAT sailed through the uprights, the crowd was totally entertained and reminded of just how great a high school football game can be.