Published On: Wed, Nov 9th, 2011

Cedar Catholic falls in playoff thriller

OAKLAND — The first time Cedar Catholic and Oakland-Craig squared off on the gridiron this year, the Knights pulled out a 20-13 come-from-behind win over Cedar.
The loss left a bad taste in the mouths of Cedar’s football players.
That taste won’t go away anytime soon, as the exact same thing happened in Wednesday’s second-round playoff game as the Knights earned a 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Cedar.

The Trojans started the game with an eight-play clock-eating drive keyed by several Keenan Sudbeck runs.
The drive looked like it had stalled out, but Cedar went for it on fourth down and ended up finding paydirt on a pass play to Logan Weinandt that ended up covering 33 yards before he hit paydirt to put the first points of the night on the board. Zach Wuebben then split the uprights for the 7-0 Cedar lead.
Oakland-Craig responded with a solid nine-play drive of its own. The drive also featured a key fourth-down conversion. The Knights ended up scoring on a six-yard Preston Johnson run. The Orange and Black then took the 8-7 lead on a Taylor Hoffman conversion run with 4:07 left in the opening frame.
The Knights’ lead was short-lived as Cedar used a pair of Frank Herbolsheimer runs and a long pass play from Kyle Klug to Logan Weinandt to regain the lead. Weinandt’s second TD of the game ended up being a 45-yard scoring strike.
The Oakland-Craig defense tightened its grip in the second quarter, shutting down Cedar’s running game.
Cedar was unable to get its ground attack moving early, while the Knights were able to put together a couple of solid drives.
“I really felt our inability to move the ball on the ground in the first half was a huge difference in the way things could have gone.  We weren’t able to maintain drives running the ball and therefore we didn’t keep the ball away from them like we wanted.  We also had some missed tackles and missed assignments on defense that enabled them to keep drives alive and continue to move the ball. Many of these things are a credit to what they did to us though. They played very well fundamentally and we weren’t able to capitalize enough on their mistakes,” Cattau said.”
O-C was able to break free in the second frame to take the 14-13 lead. The Knights found paydirt with a 14-yard Sean Pile halfback pass to Josh Fisher.
Cedar forced Oakland-Craig to turn the ball over on downs on their first drive of the second half.
The  Trojans weren’t able to capitzlize, though, and had to punt after three plays. The punt took a fortunate bounce for Cedar as Oakland-Craig fumbled on the play, giving Cedar the ball back when Frank Herbolsheimer came up with it.

The Trojans then put together a 10-play drive to punch the go-ahead score over the goal line. Cedar ended up scoring on a 24-yard Keenan Sudbeck  jaunt. The Trojans weren’t able to get the extra point and with 4:06 left in the third quarter, Cedar led 19-14.
O-C had to punt on their next possession and the Trojans again put together a solid drive. Cedar moved all the way to the Knight 15-yard line before suffering a series of penaltiies to kill the drive and end their trip to the redzone without a score.
The two teams then traded possessions back and forth before O-C finally got past the Cedar defense on a long pass play. The Knights scored right after that to go up 20-19.
Cedar responded with a solid drive, thanks to Klug’s accurate passing, but penalties again killed it as O-C ended up on top with the disappointing one-point win.
Coach Cattau said his team simply made too many mistakes to win against a good team.
“There were some things that we needed to do a better job of throughout the game, and it’s mistakes like that that were the difference in the end,” he said.

While the ground attack didn’t fare quite as well as Cedar had hoped, the Trojans’ aerial attack was very strong against the Knights.
Kyle Klug ended up connecting on 15-24-213 yards.
“I was really pleased with our ability to move the ball through the air.  I felt Kyle and all of our receivers did a great job of finding openings in the seams and also making people miss when we caught the ball.  I also felt we were able to control the line of scrimmage much better in the second half. That allowed us to run the ball with greater effect and open up our ability to throw the ball better,” Cattau said.

The loss  ends the Trojans’ season at 7-3, while Oakland-Craig advances to quarterfinal action with the win.
Cattau thinks the Knights can go pretty far in the playoffs.
“I really think that if Oakland plays the way they are capable of they have a chance to go a long way. I really believe if they play Aquinas, it could go either way.  Both teams are very good and they both play really hard,” he said.

Oakland-Crg       8    6    0    6 – 20
Cedar        13    0    6    0 – 19

Oakland-Craig    Cedar First downs            13            18
Rushing yardage    171            107
Passing            5-17-103    15-24-213
Pass TDs- ints        1-1            2-2
Total plays            58            53
Total offense            274            320
Fumbles – lost        3-1            1-0
Penalties – yards    8-40        5-60
Def sacks – yds lost    2-7            2-15
Punts – average        4-27.8        4-33.8

Cedar – Keenan Sudbeck, 18-71; Logan Weinandt, 1-18; Nick Uhing, 4-15; Frank Herbolsheimer, 2-7; Kyle Klug, 4- -4. Oakland-Craig – Taylor Hoffman, 16-110; Preston Johnson, 14-34; Nick Arlt, 3-12; Josh Fischer, 5-12.

Cedar – Kyle Klug, 15-24-213. Oakland-Craig – Preston Johnson, 4-16-89; Sean Pille, 1-1-14.

Cedar – Logan Weinandt, 6-118; Taylor Kathol, 2-47; Zach Wuebben, 2-28; Grant Dickes, 1-20; Nick Uhing, 1-2; Keenan Sudbeck, 3 – -2. Oakland-Craig – Sean Pille, 1-50; Quinn Charling, 2-25; Josh Fischer, 1-14; Taylor Hoffman, 1-9.

Cedar – Frank Herbosheimer, 2-20; Kellyn Dump, 2-4.

Cedar – Connor Wieseler, 15; Keenan Sudbeck, 13; Tyler Loberg, 12; Logan Weinandt, 11; Nick Uhing, 10; Frank Herbolsheimer, 8; Zach Wuebben, 7; Grant Dickes, 5; Andrew Lorenz, 5; Mathew Leise, 4; Cody Lammers, 3; Kraig Sudbeck, 3; Kellyn Dump, 2; Eric Kruse, 2; Taylor Kathol, 2. Oakland-Craig – Taylor Hoffman, 9; Eric Blake, 6; Quinn Charling, 6; Zach Denton, 5.