Montgomery – 7
Plainfield – 6
The Cardinals offense started off fast by scoring on their first possession but could not find any consistency for the remainder of the game. Untimely penalties continue to plague the Cardinals. The Cardinals defense played well giving up their only score in the final quarter on a half back option pass. Ryan Boyle of Montgomery rushed for 100+ yards against the Cardinal defense. This is respectable considering Boyle rushed for 250+ yards against a very good Union team.
Here are some of the Cardinal Fanatic sideline quarterback observations
1) Big improvement on turnovers from the previous game.
2) Untimely momentum defeating penalties of 10+ yards
3) Offense lacking consistency, which the penalties may pull the Cardinals out of what, they do best.
The positive outlook of this game was the defense played well and the running game did a respectable job. Penalties pushed the Cardinals into situations where they were looking at 2nd or 3rd and 10+ yards for a first down. Defenses know that 95% of the time the next play will be a pass. Thus making the Cardinals offense very predictable for their opponents.
The penalties must be reduced and the timing of these penalties at critical moments must stop. With the Spartans of Immaculata next up, and a loss eliminating the Cards from the playoffs, every Cardinal must be on deck with full focus and mental concentration.
Rickie Barnett continues to play effectively. His fumble on a 120% effort to gain yards on a punt return was redeemed on the defensive side of the ball. Barnett picked up his intensity, along with Sparrow and Jno-Lewis, to stop Montgomery from taking advantage of the turnover. Rickie’s defensive and special teams effort earned the Cardinal Fanatic player of the game.
Offensive Player of the game – Lamond Sparrow
Defensive Player of the game – Chad Jno-Lewis
The following player’s earned the Cardinal Fanatic Star for their helmets
Rickie Barnett – 3*
Chad Jno-Lewis – 2*
Lamond Sparrow –*
Sharrieff Rasheed - *
Kevin Grundy - *
Next game: @ Immaculata (Somerville) at 7:00pm on October 21st
Note: See www.PlainfieldSportsNews.com for a complete write-up of the game