Hawks lose to GFCC 82-74
By PAUL OVERLIE
Liberty County Times
The CJI football team knew they had a tough one scheduled for homecoming night, but it is unlikely anyone could have guessed just how this game would go. In the end CJI lost a wild 82-74 decision that saw several lead changes along the way.
The die was cast right away when Great Falls Central ran back the opening kickoff and scored on the PAT to take an 8-0 lead. CJI answered right back on a 25-yard Mitchell Fischer run and missed on the PAT to trail 8-6. The Mustankgs replied on a 51-yard run take a 14-6 lead. Clark Diemert hauled in a Cory Richter pass from 8-yards out and CJI added the PAT for a 14-14 tie. Central scored on a 9-yard run to re-take the lead 20-14 but CJI answered on a 16-yard pass from Cory Richter to Brett Henke. The Hawks scored the PAT and led 22-20 at the end of the first quarter.
The scoring slowed in the second quarter as the Mustangs scored on a 50-yard run and a 29-yard run and connected on both PATs to take a 36-22 lead. CJI scored on a 40-yard pass from Cory Richter to Brett Henke and CJI added the pat to make it a 36-30 game at the half.
CJI opened the scoring in the second half on a 7-yard Cory Richter scramble and added the PAT to take a 38-36 lead. Central scored on a 34-yard run and added the PAT to make it 44-38. Cory Richter again ran it in, this time from 5-yards out, but the PAT failed and it was a 44-44 game. Great Falls Central answered on an 18-yard pass play and added the PAT to go up 52-44. Cory Richter again ran it in from 5-yards out, but CJI missed on the PAT and trailed 52-50. The Mustangs took their turn next and scored on a 9-yard run to make it 58-50. CJI ended the quarter with a 61-yard pass from Cory Richter to Clark Diemert, but CJI again failed on the PAT and trailed 58-56.
CJI opened the fourth quarter scoring with a 55-yard pass from Cory Richter to Mitchell Fischer, but failed on the PAT and CJI led in the game 62-58. CJI got a defensive stop and the chance to go up by 10 or more. Central returned the favor, then scored on their next possession to take a 66-62 lead. The Mustangs again got a stop on the CJI offense and scored to make it a 74-62 game. CJI answered on a 4-yard blast by Cory Richter and made it 74-68. The Mustangs answered right back and made it 82-68. CJI came back and scored on a 2-yard pass from Cory Richter to Clark Diemert that made it 82-74, but the Hawks could not close the gap as GFCC held the ball and ran out the clock.
The PAT (Point After Touchdown) loomed large in this game as both Great Falls Central and CJI scored 11 times in the game. The Hawks managed just four PAT conversions while the Mustangs put in the PAT eight times. CJI held the PAT advantage early scoring the PAT on four of their first five touchdowns to GFCCs three in their first five.
Offense was no problem in this game as CJI ran the ball for 355 yards on 69 running plays. Cory Richter was 21 of 44 for 346 yards passing. Clark Diemert hauled in 11 of the 21 receptions for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brett Henke made 4 catches for 72 yards and 2 scores, Mitchell Fischer had 3 catches for 66 yards with 1 TD and Evan Dahinden had 3 grabs for 24 yards. Defensively the Hawks were led by Brett Henke with 15 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 fumble caused. Cory Kelly had 7 tackles, Mitchell Fischer had 8 tackles, Clark Diemert had 6 tackles, Bobby Whitley had 6 tackles, Ethan Woods had 5 tackles and Tyler Wanken had 2 assisted tackles.
This week the Hawks will travel to Simms on Friday for a game with the Tigers.Posted: by OverlieP