Plymouth North football slips by Silver Lake

September 26 [Wed], 2012, 12:07
With less than 30 seconds left on the clock and the game on the line Friday night, Christian Carr found a small hole in the Silver Lake defensive line for a six-yard score that gave Plymouth North its first win of the season.

Carr, a sophomore, also scored on another short run earlier in the game. North’s other score came on a Cullin Cosgrove to Alex Potter 53-yard touchdown in the closing minute of the first half.

“Christian got better as the game went along,” Head Coach Kevin Cobban said. “We kept giving him the football and he was picking up yards after contact left and right. He never got tired.”

The play of the offensive line was a big part of the North’s first win of the season. The Eagles took on a much larger Laker defensive front and would not back up from the challenge.

“The line gave us some big plays. This was a week where a lot of things we’ve been working on seemed to click with them,” Cobban said. “The light bulb went off and everyone did a great job.”

The defense did a nice job, as well, holding the Lakers to a single touchdown while picking off three passes and causing a fumble in the win.

Silver Lake opened the game showcasing a no-huddle offense. Matt Pinnetti broke away for a couple of long runs to get things moving down the field. Freshman Matthew Haite missed an early field goal but hit a longer one a little later to put the Lakers on top in the second quarter 3-0.

North fumbled during the ensuing possession, but after forcing the Lakers to punt, the Eagles got a huge boost when Potter split a pair of defenders and caught a long scoring strike from Cosgrove that put North in the lead with 56.4 seconds left in the half.

That proved to be too much time, though, as Silver Lake came right back behind quarterback Dan Finn’s passes to Dana Nemes and Jeff Reynolds, among others. They worked deep into Plymouth North territory before Haite tied it with his second field goal of the game.

The Lakers were driving at the start of the third quarter, but freshman linebacker Joe Walsh put an end to that with an interception and long return that covered nearly 60 yards in all. That play “turned the momentum of the game in our favor,” Cobban said. “He stepped up and made a big impact.”

Colby Randall added an interception of his own at the end of the third quarter to stop another Laker drive. The Eagles moved the ball down the field before Carr’s first touchdown put North on top with 7:51 left. The kick was blocked, keeping it a 12-6 game in favor of Silver Lake.

That lead would change hands a short time later when Silver Lake got some big first downs that led to a Finn-to-Tyler Costa 41-yard touchdown pass with 3:50 left that put the visitors up 13-12.

Randall took the kickoff to the Eagle 40. A pass interference call helped North, as did an 18-yard run by Carr. They had the ball on a fourth-and-eight at the 26 when Cosgrove went to the end zone. The pass to Potter was incomplete, but a flag came down again as Silver Lake was assessed another penalty.

With a new life and the football on the 11 and 45.1 left in the game, Carr was stopped on first down and picked up five yards on second down, before finally following a block on the left of the line for the score. The two-point attempt failed, giving Silver Lake one last gasp with 23.4 remaining on the clock.