Crusaders Fall to 0-3 / Clearwater Dominates from the Get-Go

Create: 09/21/2019 - 09:26

OTHER AREA SCORES: Flint Hills 34 Oxford 46, Cedar Vale 28 Caldwell 56, Conway Springs 31 Kingman 10, Belle Plaine 59 Independent 00, Ulysses 29 Hugoton 14, Labette County 25 Field Kindley 19, Norwich 44 South Haven 20, Ft. Scott 18 Independence 20, Cheney 70 Chaparral 3, Collegiate 34 Mulvane 7, Andale 63 Rose Hill 00, Winfield 59 Circle 00, Buhler 35 Augusta 21

The 2019 Crusader Football season has not gotten off to any semblance of what many thought it might. It's certainly not over by any means, but there are multiple areas of concern. Everyone is going to have to dig deep and sort that all out. Not an easy task, but one a Crusader Football Team should be able to take on.

There were few highlights for the team in red Friday at Sellers. Down 28-0 after 1st qtr would attest to that. At halftime, the Indians left the field with a 31-0 lead. The 2nd half was more even and the Crusaders did score very late in the game on a 15 yd. pass from Wright to Popplewell. The PAT by Karsten Gill was good. Too little too late unfortunately. Final score 31-7. Earlier in the 4th qtr, a 31 yd. FG attempt by Gill fell just short in the end zone. 

Offensive yards have been hard to come by for the Crusaders. 130 vs Collegiate, 138 vs Andale, 130 vs Clearwater. Clearwater had 375 total yds of offense just Friday evening alone, most of those generated by their QB Cash. Cash wasn't stoppable by the Crusader defense, he ran with relative ease and connected on 15 passes for 271 yds. Keeping the opponent's offense in check has been a big challenge for the Crusaders. Lots of penalties Friday, 13 total for 132 yds - some were unnecessary and probably born out of frustration. Next up is Augusta THERE. The Orioles are 1-2 on the season, easily defeating Circle, but falling to Andover Central and then Buhler last night. That score last night,  35-21 would seem to indicate Augusta will be a reasonable threat to contend with and it will also be their Homecoming which will add extra desire to their game plan more than likely.

Isaac Hilt - 9/44 yds
Zander Vargas - 9/41 yds
Jakob Lira - 1/17 yds
Gage Cunningham - 1/6 yds
Zane Cornejo - 1/5 yds
Berkeley Wright - 14/ -47 yds

Berkeley Wright - 6/15 for 65 yds (TD)

Silas Popplewell - 4/53 yds (TD)
Blake Rausch - 1/7 yds
Zander Vargas - 1/5 yds

Austin Soles - 9/295 yds (33 yd avg)
You don't want your punter on the field that many times, with that said though, the punting team & Soles did a consistent job, got all "9" cleanly away.

Karsten Gill 1/1

Karsten Gill 0/1

CHS 11 WHS 7

Senior Zane Cornejo left the playing field with an ankle injury. No report on his status at this time.



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Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at or on Facebook or at any Crusader and/or Knight event year-round.