First Half Pushes Cavies Past Panthers


Litchfield would travel across county lines on Friday night, Oct. 8, for a week seven showdown with the Carlinville Cavaliers. The Purple Panthers entered the contest looking for their first win of the 2021 campaign, while the Cavaliers would look for playoff qualifying win number six. The Cavaliers would grab that sixth win of the season as they piled up 48 points in the first half, cruising to a 48-0 victory. 

Carlinville has seemed to regroup since their second week loss as they have not treated their opponents well since that week two loss to Vandalia. In weeks three through six, Carlinville has only given up, on average, a touchdown and a two-point conversion per game. 

Litchfield would look to find a way through the tough Cavie defense and put a halt to the Cavaliers four game win streak. Carlinville would continue their dominance though as they would use a quick-strike passing attack  throughout the first half to pile on seven touchdowns before halftime. 

Carlinville put the first points on the board nearly three minutes into the contest as Mason Patton would rush to the end zone from 20-yards out. Mason Duckels would add the extra point giving Carlinville a 7-0 lead. 

On their next possession the Cavaliers would add another seven points on a two-play drive. The drive would end when Ayden Tiburzi connected on a six-yard pass to Carson Wiser with 4:36 left to play in the opening quarter. 

Litchfield would look to end the snowball of scoring on their third drive but again would have their drive stalled out, resulting in a punt. With the Cavalier defense standing tall and the offense working in all gears, the Carlinville special teams did not want to be left out. The Cavies special teams would break through the Purple Panthers’ line and block the Litchfield punt attempt. 

The big play would set up the Cavaliers in great field position. One play after the blocked punt, the Cavaliers would reach the end zone when Mason Patton put his second touchdown on the board. Carlinville would connect on the extra point,  giving them a 21-0 lead with 4:36 left to play in the first quarter. 

The Cavaliers’ quick strike offense would continue, after the defense shut down the Purple Panthers offense once again. Mason Patton would run from three-yards out and cross into the end zone for the third time, giving Carlinville a 28-0 lead. Litchfield’s offense would create a positive before the quarter would expire as they would look to break through the Cavaliers’ defense line as they would grab their first first down of the contest before the quarter would come to a close. 

Litchfield would not be able to progress any further on the drive, giving the Cavies the ball back once again.  And once again the Cavaliers would hit pay dirt when Ayden Tiburzi hit Carson Wiser from 50 yards out. The second time these two would connect gave Carlinville a 34-0 lead. 

The Cavaliers would get two more touchdowns before the half would expire when Tiburzi connected on his third touchdown of the contest, this time it would be Henry Kufa would the hands and Luke Daughtery would put a cap on the scoring for Carlinville in the first half. Daughtery’s touchdown would come with 1:19 left to play in the second quarter and would give Carlinville a 48-0 lead at the half. 

Even though the Purple Panthers would not put any points on the board in the first half, Litchfield would get a solid performance from their workhorse in the backfield, AJ Sypherd. Sypherd would get majority of the carries in the opening two quarters but would struggle to pick up some big yards. 

In the second half, the Cavies would take the kickoff and would begin to control the clock. Carlinville would hold onto the football throughout the third quarter, only allowing Litchfield to partake in four plays. Even though the Carlinville squad would have the football for a significant amount of time in the third frame, the Purple Panthers’ defense would keep the Cavies from extending their lead. 

With the positives out of the Litchfield defense, the Purple Panthers’ offense would put together some positives in the final frame. As the game would progress,Tate Dobrinich would begin to find his groove as he would go through a stretch of completing 7-of-8 passes after missing his first four attempts. Keenan Powell would be his favorite target as Powell would pull down three of Dobrinich’s completions for 16 yards. 

With the few bright spots for Litchfield, the Purple Panthers though would not be able to find a way to get the ball across the goal line. 

The Cavaliers would use their first half success and would cruise through the second half on their way to their sixth win with a 48-0 victory. The victory would clinch a playoff birth for the Cavies as the Purple Panthers would drop to 0-7 overall. 

With two games to play in the 2021 campaign the Purple Panthers will look to break their streaks of 44 straight losses and five straight winless seasons. 

Litchfield will look to accomplish that task when they welcome the Vandals from Vandalia next Friday, Oct. 15, before heading down Route 16 to battle conference foe Hillsboro in week nine. 

October 8 at Carlinville

Litchfield (0-7) 0 0 0 0 0 

Carlinville (6-1) 28 20 0 0 48 

Scoring Summary

1st - 9:05 - (C) - Mason Patton 20-yard TD run (Mason Duckels extra point) 

1st - 6:32 - (C) - Ayden Tiburzi 6-yard TD pass to Carson Wiser (Mason Duckels extra point) 

1st - 4:36 - (C) - Mason Patton 16-yard TD run (Mason Duckels extra point) 

1st - 3:26 - (C) - Mason Patton 3-yard TD run (Mason Duckels extra point)

2nd - 9:09 - (C) - Ayden Tiburzi 50-yard TD pass to Carson Wiser (kick failed) 

2nd - 5:51 - (C) - Ayden Tiburzi 32-yard TD pass to Henry Kufa (Mason Duckels extra point)

2nd - 1:19 - (C) - Luke Daughtery 12-yard TD run (Mason Duckels extra point)


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