The Andover Central Jaguars can’t say they won a home game this season, but they can say that they came closer than most other teams to beating Kapaun Mt. Carmel.
The Jaguars fell to the Crusaders 40-35 Friday, the second closest score Kapaun had this season; the only closer game was when the Crusaders played Wichita West, where they won by one point.
Kapaun scored the first and only touchdown of the first quarter with 7:01 on the clock. Early in the second quarter, Central’s Lucas Milner gained eight yards, scoring the first Jaguar touchdown and tying the game at 7. Shortly after, Milner ran 50 yards on a play, getting close to scoring again. Junior Tyler Harris nearly missed catching a throw to him, but he caught it, scoring another Jaguar touchdown, which put the Jaguars ahead of the Crusaders 14-7.
The Crusaders, however, did not let the Jaguars stay ahead of them for long. Kapaun’s Ben Norris ran a long run to the Jaguar 34 yard line on the return. Next, Kapaun’s Jack McGrath caught the ball in the endzone, tying the game again.
Soon after, Harris caught a pass and gained 20 yards, scoring another Jaguar touchdown. The Jaguars then led the Crusaders 21-14 and it seemed it would stay that way until a last-second touchdown by Kapaun’s Devin Dempsey tied the game before halftime.
The third quarter of the game had Kapaun getting ahead of the Jaguars on the scoreboard. First, Ethan Harp for the Crusaders intercepted a Jaguar pass and scored a touchdown. A fumble by Central on the return allowed the Crusaders to regain possession of the ball, leading to another touchdown, where the Crusaders led the Jaguars 34-21.
However, the Jaguars did not let Kapaun’s lead stay that big for long. Harris caught a long pass that gained 33 yards for the Jaguars. Then, Kapaun’s Joey Medina caught a pass in the endzone, making it seem like the Crusaders would extend their lead.
But, luck seemed to favor the Jaguars and they gained 31 yards when they regained possession. Kier Stamp gained 10 yards and scored a touchdown, bringing the score to 34-27.
In the fourth quarter, Kapaun scored with nine minutes on the clock, extending their lead to 40-27 over the Jaguars. The score remained consistent for much of the final quarter, making it seem like that would be the final score, at least until Stamp ran two yards on a play and scored again.
After Stamp’s score, the team successfully pulled off a 2-point conversion pass, bringing the score to 40-35, where it stayed until the game ended.
Despite the defeat, head coach Tom Audley was pleased with his team’s overall performance.
Page 2 of 2 - Audley said he thought his team played extremely hard and well throughout the game.
“This was not our night, but I think our kids played extremely hard, I’m very proud of them,” Audley said. “They battled for 48 minutes. We played a complete game against a good football team and we hadn’t done that enough this season. I think our kids played extremely well.”