Cardinal Gibbons vs. Leesville Road, Raleigh NC football
Cardinal Gibbons’ defensive back Will Mason started the second half of Friday’s Cap Six 4A conference showdown against visiting Leesville Road just moments from a coronation: he was dubbed the Homecoming King (alongside Queen Megan Adams) at halftime.
On the pitch, Crusaders linebacker Savoy New capped Cardinal Gibbons’ 13-3 victory with a late interception that completed another signing performance for the unit from defensive coordinator Nick Drew.
Would Friday’s performance have given the Crusaders their biggest home win in the regular season?
“There is no doubt,” said Steven Wright, coach of Cardinal Gibbons, of the magnitude of the result. “The ball game is reduced to a handful of games. We were able to do them and put ourselves in a position to win. “
Connor Clark’s 29-yard completion at Maverick Shotwell moved the Crusaders to the Leesville Road 1-yard line at the end of the third quarter. Clark scored the only touchdown of the game on a quarterback who opened the last period.
“I’m really proud of the way he’s matured, the way he threw the ball tonight,” Wright said of Clark. “He did a few clutch throws. He made coins when we needed to have them.
Clark converted two key assists in the third quarter for Cardinal Gibbons (5-2, 2-0 Cap Six), who definitely took the lead with a third quarter field goal. Clark connected with Ian Evans for 15 yards on a third down and 13 of the Crusaders’ 27 to keep practice inside the five-minute mark. Clark’s 35-yard completion to Blake Raphael put Cardinal Gibbons at Pride 11 with 3:05 to play in the frame.
Crusaders kicker Ethan Hastings converted a 28-yard field goal with 2:18 left in the third to give Cardinal Gibbons a 6-3 advantage. Hastings’ 38-yard field goal tied the score at three 5:39 before intermission.
Friday’s touchdown was set up by a possession strip and a recovery by Oliver Evans of Cardinal Gibbons with 51 seconds left in the third quarter. Crusaders defensive linemen Joshua Stoneking and Ethan Grace each had a sack over Leesville Road quarterback Wil Murray on the next two Pride possessions before New cemented the result.
Leesville Road (5-1, 1-1) scored his only points on Tyler Graham’s placement in the second quarter. Pride scored its lowest number of points since September 22, 2017 in a game also played at Cardinal Gibbons. The Crusaders won that one, 47-3.
This story was originally published 8 October 2021 11:38 pm.