Orioles toppled by Crest Ridge
The Concordia High School Orioles hosted the Crest Ridge High School Cougars in a matchup of I-70 Conference foes on Friday, Oct. 6. Concordia found themselves overmatched by the undefeated Cougars, falling 61-26 in their final home game of the season.
The Orioles were trailing for most of the game, forcing them to take to the passing game in an attempt to get themselves back in the match. Senior quarterback Cameron Cooper responded well, especially given the competition the stout CRHS defense posed. Cooper finished the day with 176 yards and two touchdowns on 10 completions in 26 attempts. Cooper also threw two interceptions.
Cooper found freshman split end Austin Droege a team-high five times for 66 yards and a touchdown. Junior fullback Cameron Kelly took his only pass reception to the end zone from 86 yards out. Kelly led his teams in rushing yards (107), rushing attempts (14), and rushing touchdowns (2). Cooper was only able to pull 25 yards from his six carries, while sophomore halfback Brayden McGinnis took one of his two rushes for 29 yards en route to 32 rushing yards total.
Droege made an impact on both sides of the ball, as he recorded the O's only takeaway with an interception. Senior linebacker Kade Meineka also made his presence felt as he picked up the team's only sack.
With the victory, Crest Ridge improved to a perfect 8-0 record on the season (7-0 in-conference). The Orioles fell to 2-6 with the loss (2-5 in-conference).
Both Concordia and Crest Ridge will finish their regular season on Oct. 13. Concordia will find themselves traveling to Tipton High School for a non-conference matchup of 2-6 teams. Tiptonís wins came against Saint Paul Lutheran High School and Cole Camp High School, two teams that defeated Concordia earlier in the season.
Crest Ridge will host Windsor High School, a 6-2 team hoping to keep Crest Ridge from finishing on a high-note with an undefeated season.