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PREP FOOTBALL: Carson City holds off Mt. Pleasant SHA in unbelievable game

Eagles win first conference title since 1961

Carson City-Crystal's Frank Smith (54) and Scott Postema (57) pull down Sacred Heart's Tomas Krepostman (2) at Mt. Pleasant Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).

Carson City-Crystal Junior Frank Smith (54) tries to pull down Sacred Heart's Tomas Krepostman (2) at Mt. Pleasant Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).

Sacred Heart Senior Dustin Neyer gets hit in the backfield by Carson City-Crystal at Mt. Pleasant Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).

Sacred Heart Senior Dustin Neyer runs the ball up to the 20 yard line during a kick return against Carson City-Crystal at Mt. Pleasant Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (Sun photo by KEN KADWELL/@KenKadwell).

Carson City football coach Devin Pringle said he was out of emotion.

“When that game ended, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” he said.

That’s what happens when your football team holds an early 39-7 lead, falls behind in the fourth period by a 49-45 margin and wins the game in the final 29 seconds, 51-49.

It wasn’t just any victory, mind you.

It was on the road Friday night at Community Memorial Stadium, ending a 25-game Mid-State Activities Conference winning streak by Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart. It also kept the high-powered Eagles undefeated at 7-0 and 3-0 in league play. And, oh yeah, with the win Carson City locks up its first conference title since 1961 when it played in the Montcalm County Athletic Association.

Sacred Heart falls to 5-2, 3-1.

“First of all, I want to take my hat off to Sacred Heart and the character its kids showed tonight,” Pringle said. “To be down by 32 points in the first half and come back to take the lead was incredible.”

Sacred Heart took its only lead of the game with 2:10 to play and then watched Carson City overcome two major obstacles for the win. During the desperation drive that went 67 yards in nine plays (obstacle one) , the Eagles lost senior running back Will Beedy to a head injury (obstacle two) that delayed the game nearly 30 minutes.

“I guess that says something about our kids too,” Pringle said. “I am proud of our effort.”

It was a defensive coordinator’s nightmare, though, as the two teams combined for 1,035 yards.

“I don’t think the defensive coordinators will sleep well after that one,” Pringle joked.

It marked the second straight week that Sacred Heart has fallen behind (down 23-0 before beating Vestaburg 24-23) and roared back.

“Those games tell you a little about the strength of our conference,” Pringle said. “There are a lot of good football teams in it.”

The Irish scored first on a 10-yard pass from Dustin Neyer to Brooks Hyble at the 7:08 mark of the opening period. By the time those two combined again for a 17-yard scoring pass with no time left on the clock before the half, Carson City had scored 39 straight points.

Robert Failing got the Eagles going with a 43-yard run in the first period and Beedy then raced in from the 22 for a 15-7 lead after one. Beedy scored the two-point conversion after the first score.

And, then, in the second period Dallas O’Green scored on a 49-yard scamper, Failing tallied a six-pointer from the four and QB Rhett Pringle from the 14. Miguel Latienda’s 25-yard field goal made it 39-7 before the Irish whittled it to 39-14 at the half.

“I told our kids at the half that it wasn’t over, that we’d better win the third period,” Pringle said. “I knew what Sacred Heart was capable of.”

The Irish “won” the second half by a 35-12 count but it wasn’t enough.

It was the Dustin Neyer show in the final two periods. The senior QB ran for TDs of 57 and 62 (he also had another 75-yard gallop) and then found junior Ben Goenner for three straight scores from 55, five and 42 yards. They also combined for a two-point conversion after the final score for the 49-45 lead.

Carson City then marched 67 yards for the winning score on a four-yard run by Garner Cusack. He also had a 21-yard pass reception during the drive.

The Eagles, powered by Failing’s 185 yards on 19 carries, finished with 466 yards on the ground and 70 passing for 536 yards.

Neyer finished with an unbelievable 518 yards in total offense. He rushed 17 times for 242 yards and completed 20-of-41 passes for 276 more. Goenner had eight receptions for 161 yards.



Last Updated: 10/11/2013 11:32:45 PM EST

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