ESTERN IOWA TREYNOR 22, CLASS 2-A/1-A NO. 6 COUNCIL BLUFFS ST. ALBERT 16
TREYNOR, Iowa — Twenty-two points is a high-scoring quarter for any football team. Treynor achieved that mark at light speed Friday night.
The Cardinals jammed 22 points into just 37 seconds of football, riding a spurt that included a rush, pass and fumble return touchdown plus a safety in the second quarter.
And that was all the scoring Treynor needed to hold off rival Council Bluffs St. Albert (1-1) in a 22-16 thriller, a performance punctuated by two fourth-down stops to kill St. Albert drives in Cardinal territory.
New Cardinal coach Jeff Casey earned his second win in as many games — and his team doubled its win total from a year ago in a pair of contests decided within the final minute.
For the first 18 minutes, both teams struggled to move the ball. Each recorded just one first down in the first quarter and a half before Treynor's burst.
Treynor junior Trey Castle broke a 45-yard run to open the scoring with 6:47 left in the second quarter. A bad St. Albert snap resulted in a safety, and the Cardinals added another touchdown after the free kick.
Senior quarterback Nate Hill gave Treynor a 16-0 lead on the next snap with a 41yard touchdown pass to Nolan Chapman. After St. Albert's Andrew Hanafan fumbled on the ensuing kick return, freshman Kyle Christensen scooped up the loose ball and scored his first varsity touchdown with 6:10 left until halftime.
"I think, pretty much, everything Treynor did right," said St. Albert coach Kevin Culjat. "I wouldn't say it was what we were doing wrong."
Just like that, Treynor had bolted to a 22-point lead.
"People have to pick their poison," Casey said of his team's two quick-strike offensive touchdowns. "Nolan's a great receiver, and he and Nate have a connection."
The Cardinals rode a stout performance from their front seven — particularly in the first half — to stifle St. Albert's potent ground game. The Falcons had negative-28 rush yards at halftime and finished with just 54 yards on 42 rushes.
St. Albert sophomore quarterback Luke Waters had 114 yards through the air in the first half, including a touchdown to Tyler Blaha.
In the second half, the Falcon defense held Treynor to just 11 yards and one of just four Cardinal first downs on the night. But the Cardinals' big plays were enough to clamp down the Falcons' late attempts at a rally.
Treynor forced Waters to fumble on fourth-and-1 from the Cardinal 5-yard line with about 10 minutes to play, preserving the 22-7 lead.
"We all came together before that play and said, 'They are not going to get one yard on this play,'" Chapman said.
After a Falcon safety and a Waters sneak cut the Cardinal lead to 22-16, Treynor once again found itself needing to make a stop. With less than a minute to play, the Cardinals did just that, stuffing the Falcon quarterback on fourth-and-2 with 21 seconds to play.