Center Point-Urbana with a 5-4 record came into the first round of the high school football playoffs facing some long odds against unbeaten New Hampton. The powerful Chickasaws are winning their games by an average of 34 to 5.
The Chickasaws wasted little time flexing their muscle, driving the ball down field on their opening possession 80 yards in 15 plays.
A key catch by number 14 Kyle Smith right over the middle for a 17-yard pick up kept the CChickasawmomentum on their side.
A few plays later, the drive is capped off with a touchdown by number 22 Connor Frerichs running it up the middle.
The extra point is good and the Chickasaws are on top 7-zip, which would remain into the second quarter.
Center Point-Urbana finally gets things going midway through the second quarter from their own 21-yard line. Number 36 Brandon Kinsey zigs and zags, and then zigs and zags again down the right side of the field for a great 31-yard pick-up.
Four plays later, CPU goes deep and it is picked off by number 33 Tucker Tenge on the left side of the field for the Chickasaws. He would run his way clear across the field which appeared to be an eventual touchdown, but he would get wrapped up by the last CPU defender on the 49-yard line.
A couple of possessions later and still 7-0, New Hampton gets great field position. First and 10 from CPU's 28 yard line, Cole McDonald finds number 22 Connor Frerichs skying for the ball and coming down with it at the 1-yard line.
Two plays later and number 32 Trevor Ambrose goes up the middle for a touchdown. The extra point is good and it is 14-zero going in at halftime.
It would be 26-0 Chickasaws going into the fourth quarter before CPU would score three unanswered touchdowns, making it 26-21.
The Chickasaws eventually pull away and win it: 33 to 21 over CPU.
Written by Joe Surma
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