Short-handed Benjamin Franklin’s Comeback Bid Denied
6 days ago Caela Fox 0
The Benjamin Franklin football team had a bit of a slow start last Friday night against the visiting Northwest Christian Crusaders, but a late push in the second half gave the Chargers a chance, however it wasn’t enough to claim the victory.
The Chargers fell to the Crusaders, 21 – 13.
With five starters out with injuries, including head coach Dave Jefferies’ son Zach, the Chargers wanted to compete and stay healthy in this game.
“Regardless of who’s out we have to believe in what we do, we got to go to battle with who’s healthy. That’s what we did tonight, and the good news was that we came out healthy. My goals for this game, knowing what we were up against, were to stay healthy and compete, and we did both of those,” Jefferies said.
The Chargers were down 14 – 0 at the end of the first half, then in the second half they came out and started to show what they can do. Their first touchdown was a 106-yard pick-six by defensive back Chandler Miles in the third quarter. Miles also connected with tight end Cade Mcafee for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, however, that wouldn’t be enough with the Crusaders putting up a touchdown of their own in the second half.
Even though the Chargers lost their second game of the season, Jefferies was happy with how his team performed and believes that they did a good job throughout the game competing with the Crusaders and not having any injuries this week.
“No matter the score in the first half, we try to treat the game like it is 0 – 0 again and we made a few adjustments. Offensively, we did much better in the second half, and with our special teams and defense we put ourselves in a position to win,” Jefferies said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Effective Defense: The Chargers defense may have given up 21 points, but they still played very well from start to finish. With a total of 62 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 interceptions, and a pick-six. It was a good night especially with not having anyone get injured after a rough game the week before against ALA-Gilbert.
Positive Offense: One the offensive side of the ball the Chargers got of to a slow start, as evidenced by a scoreless first half. They came out in the second half and made some adjustments. Miles’ interception provided some momentum, and the Chargers’ offense was able to move the ball well for a total of 337 yards.
Overall Health and Performance: According to Jefferies, during the game against ALA-Gilbert several Chargers suffered from cramps. Throughout the first three weeks of the season the Chargers have had more than their fair share of injuries. Jefferies’ no. 1 goal against the Crusaders was to stay healthy while still being able to compete with a good team. He also was very pleased that not a single player started cramping up throughout the game on Friday night.
No. 3 – Chris Rendon. Three tackles and 71 kick return yards.
No. 2 – Cade Mcafee. 18 tackles and a 15-yard touchdown reception.
No. 1 – Chandler Miles. Three tackles, 47 rushing yards, 54 receiving yards, 12 kick return yards, 48 throwing yards for a total of 161 yards. His 106-yard interception return provided a much-need spark for the Chargers.
HE SAID IT
“We were pretty over matched (against) Northwest Christian. To even be in the game with these guys was a testament to how hard our kids are playing. I couldn’t be more proud of our group of kids. We’ll just lick our wounds and get ready to go next week.” – Jefferies about the performance of his short-handed team.
The Chargers will take on the Coolidge Bears at home before going on the road for their next two games. The Bears are red hot so far this season, getting off to a 4-0 to start. The Bears came from behind against Sahuarita last week, defeating the Mustangs in double-OT, 21 – 14.
“Coolidge is tearing it up right now and it is on fire. They’re putting up points and they’re shutting teams down. I feel like we just have to get ready to go again,” Jefferies said.
Friday’s kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.