Cambridge-Isanti football got off the schneid with a 34-6 victory over Becker in its final home game of the season Oct. 14. The Bluejackets’ plan to get victory No. 1 in 2011 was to give the ball to senior fullback Trent Chromy– a lot.
Chromy carried the ball 54 times and finished with 230 yards. He scored the game’s first two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 2 yards, and Clayton Jennissen’s 1-yard TD run made it 20-0 in the first quarter.
“The plan coming into the game was to run the fullback about 25-30 times and keep their offense off the field. We wanted to control the time of possession. We knew they could score quickly as they have all year. The offensive line and backs blocked so well that the fullback had 32 carries at halftime, with Trent Chromy getting 30 of those carries,” said C-I Coach Mike Hennen.
Chromy added a 4-yard scoring run in the third quarter, followed by fullback Chance Laidly bolting on a 16-yard TD run which had C-I up 34-0 with 21 seconds left in the third. The ground game had the Jackets enjoying a 32:30 – 15:30 advantage in time-of-possession.
In their final meeting with Becker, the Bluejacket defense limited the visitors to 214 total yards, including 78 on the ground. The Jackets forced three Bulldog fumbles, with Ryan Epsen and Tom Selz picking off two Tommy Benson passes.
“We had decent pressure on Tommy, but on Ryan’s pick Becker put their leading receiver at the inside trip spot which they only do if they throw a vertical route to him. Travis Holt noticed it and chucked him after about five yards, and Benson threw the ball where the receiver would have been and Epsen was there instead,” replayed Coach Hennen. “On Selz’s pick, Clayton Jennissen laid the receiver out on a high pass off his hands, and Tom adjusted well and picked it off.”
Epsen also led the defense with 6.5 tackles; Joe Miller, Mike Haddick and Laidly each had a tackle-for-loss in the victory.
• The Bluejackets close out the regular season at Rogers Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Royals dropped their first game of the season Friday night when Elk River booted a field goal as time expired.
Section 8AAAAA playoffs begin Oct. 25
This year’s section seeding will be based on minnesota-scores.net’s QRF rankings, with the quarterfinals kicking off Tuesday, Oct. 25. “My guess with Brainerd and St. Cloud Tech losing last week and Elk River winning is that the Elks will be the No. 1 seed. We will be going to either Brainerd, Tech or Moorhead. We have an outside chance at earning the 5th or 6th seed with a win over Rogers on Wednesday combined with loses by Buffalo and Duluth East,” projected Coach Hennen.
Elk River 5-1, 6-1; Rogers 4-1, 6-1; St. Michael-Alb. 4-2, 5-2; Monticello 3-3, 4-3; Becker 2-3, 4-3; Buffalo 2-4, 2-5; Big Lake 1-4, 3-4; Cambridge-Isanti 1-4, 1-6.
Section 8AAAAA: Elk River 6-1, St. Cloud Tech 5-2, Brainerd 4-3, Moorhead 3-4, Duluth East 3-5, Buffalo 2-5, Cambridge-Isanti 1-6.