Football: Celina cruises past visiting Liberty Christian

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Celina High School running back Connor Torbert (11) is brought down by Argyle Liberty High School defensive lineman Cameron Brasher (53) linebacker Matt Marrs (24) and linebacker Austin Mann (50) durng the first qaurter in Celina on Friday night, September 14, 2012.
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CELINA — Celina cruised to a 35-21 homecoming victory over Liberty Christian at Bobcat Stadium as Ben Thiel hauled in five catches for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it was his 99-yard kickoff return in the third quarter that did the Warriors in Friday night.

Celina (2-1) grabbed the early lead on the opening possession of the game, marching 70 yards in 14 plays and capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Elliott to Cash Conder to give the Bobcats an early 7-0 lead.

Liberty Christian opened the game with a promising drive as they moved into Celina territory, but Micah Nelson came up with a big defensive play as he jarred the ball away from running back Matt Marrs and returned the fumble 64 yards for a score to make it 13-0.

Celina padded its lead midway through the second quarter, when Elliott delivered a 46-yard scoring strike to Thiel to put the Bobcats up 19-0.

The Warriors finally got some offensive rhythm late in the second quarter, when JonAaron Howell hauled in a short pass from Foster Ford on a screen and sprinted 43 yards to the Celina 18. Liberty Christian scored two plays later on a 13-yard touchdown run by Howell to trim the deficit to 19-7 before halftime.

The Warriors (2-1) took advantage of a botched punt by Celina early in the third quarter and immediately cashed it in for a score to pull within 19-14, as Ford rolled to his right and connected with Graham Richardson for a 20-yard TD pass.

Celina took away any momentum Liberty Christian had on the ensuing kickoff as Thiel found a seam up the middle of the field and sprinted 99 yards to make the score 26-14.

The Warriors struggled offensively against a relentless Celina pass rush throughout the game and was held to only 168 yards midway through the fourth quarter. Liberty did end the game on a positive note as running back Camron Cornett showed a flash of speed, getting to the corner and turning on the jets for a 68-yard TD run.

Celina 35, Liberty Christian 21

Liberty Christian

0

7

7

7

21

Celina

13

6

13

3

35

 

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

C — Cash Conder 4 pass from Nathan Elliott (Fabian Aguirre kick)

C — Micah Nelson 64 fumble return (kick failed)

SECOND QUARTER

C — Ben Thiel 46 pass from Nathan Elliott (conversion failed)

L — JonAaron Howell 13 run (Mikael Sroka kick)

THIRD QUARTER

L — Graham Richardson 20 pass from Foster Ford (Mikael Sroka kick)

C — Ben Thiel 99 kickoff return (Fabian Aguirre kick)

C — Ben Thiel 69 pass from Nathan Elliott (kick failed)

FOURTH QUARTER

C — Aaron Reedy 30 FG

L — Camron Cornett 68 run (Mikael Sroka kick)

 

TEAM STATISTICS

 

 

L

C

First Downs

11

16

Rushing Yards

26-151

38-201

Passing Yards

80

207

Passing

5-22-2

15-22-1

Punts-Avg

4-41.75

2-39.00

Penalties

3-25

9-80

Fumbles-Lost

2-2

0-0

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — CL: Connor Torbert 18-133, Willie Sims 2-36, Nathan Elliott 6-11, Payton Baird 3-11, Tyler Strickland 3-5, Kyle Sudberry 3-3, Micah Nelson 3-2, LB: Camron Cornett 9-91, JonAaron Howell 6-29, Jett Miller 5-22, Hunter Reece 2-9, Graham Richardson 1-3, Matt Marrs 1-0, Foster Ford 2--3.

Passing — CL: Nathan Elliott 15-22-1-207, LB: Foster Ford 5-21-1-80, Hunter Griffith 0-1-1-0.

Receiving — CL: Ben Thiel 5-167, Cash Conder 3-16, Micah Nelson 3-15, Connor Torbert 4-9, LB: JonAaron Howell 1-43, Graham Richardson 2-29, Hunter Reece 2-8.


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