Mistakes cost CV in loss
Cougars fall 38-14 to Knights, now 0-2
For the second week in a row, the ConVal football team made too many mistakes.
After committing three turnovers, two of which led to Kingswood touchdowns, the Cougars are now 0-2 on the season after a 38-14 loss on Friday.
The Cougars were looking for a bounce back game following a shutout loss in the opener against Lebanon, but saw the same kind of miscues against the Knights.
“It was another matter of making mistakes,” said coach Ryan McCartney. “But we’re still learning how to play the game.”
Kingswood scored on its opening possession of the game and again later in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead.
Then for the first time all season, ConVal senior Riordan McCole found the end zone on a 10-yard run after a lengthy drive to pull to within one possession, 14-6.
After forcing a short punt, which put the Cougars in great field position on the Kingswood side of the field, it looked as though ConVal was gaining some momentum.
Then a fumble and a 70-yard touchdown run put the Knights back up by 15.
“It was 14-6, we had the ball and we were driving,” said McCartney. “We just keep making mistakes.”
On ConVal’s next possession, junior quarterback John Crowley was intercepted and Kingswood ran it back for a touchdown and a 28-6 lead.
“The pick six really did us in,” said McCartney.
The Knights would add another touchdown and a field goal before the half to a commanding 32-point advantage.
“They did all their damage in the first half,” said McCartney.
Early in the fourth quarter, ConVal’s senior defensive lineman Ethan Cross recovered a Kingswood fumble and Crowley made good on the turnover with his first touchdown pass of the year, a 33-yard strike to junior receiver Mitch Hoffman.
But the Cougars were unable to add to their point total and have now lost three straight going back to the season finale of last year.
Crowley finished 13-for-24 for 148 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions.
Freshman Liam Baldwin caught seven passes for 76 yards to establish himself as one of Crowley’s favorite targets.
“He’s a big, tall kid that can make plays,” said McCartney of his freshman wide receiver.
McCole carried the ball 14 times for 47 yards, while junior Isaiah Taylor had 10 rushes for 28 yards. Junior running back Dakota Nute missed the game due to a knee injury.
Senior Sean Stinehour led the way with six tackles and junior Chris LaRoche added five.
ConVal travels to Milford on Friday.