Thrilling St. Augustine Win Highlights Thanksgiving Day Football Action
The 2012 Cape-Atlantic League season is history. Action came to an end on Thanksgiving, when regional foes renewed annual rivalries.
One team earned a conference crown and the regular season reached its conclusion without a single unbeaten CAL squad to be found in the standings.
This is a look at how things turned out Thanksgiving Day morning. Here’s hoping this recap goes well with your food coma.
St. Augustine 41, Cedar Creek 40 (overtime)
The battle for National Conference supremacy required an extra session. St. Augustine (8-2) rallied late in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where the Hermits overcame Cedar Creek (9-1) by virtue of kicker Kyle Snow’s extra point.
Snow was 5-of-5 on extra point attempts and also drilled a pair of second-quarter field goals. St. Augustine senior running back Calvin Cass rushed for three touchdowns, including a game-tying score on the Hermits first possession of overtime.
His final game as a Hermit is sure to live on in school lore. Cass carried the ball 53 times, accumulating 253 yards on the ground.
Cedar Creek running back Gary Melton stepped up in the second half, scoring three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). Quarterback Damon Mitchell also accounted for three total scores to lead a potent Pirates offense.
Cedar Creek defender C.J. Sandfort recovered a Cass fumble in the first half and returned it 56 yard to the end zone. St. Augustine quarterback Alex Hughes hit Andrew Nelson for a pair of scoring strikes.
The Pirates special teams unit struggled. Cedar Creek botched two punt attempts and missed three extra points.
Mark Reardon wraps up his inaugural season as head coach of St. Augustine with a conference title. Cedar Creek hosts Willingboro at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in the South Jersey Group II semifinals.
Atlantic City 13, Holy Spirit 7
Quarterback T.J. Anderson put Holy Spirit (6-4) ahead early with a three-yard touchdown run, but those were the only points surrendered by a swarming Atlantic City defensive unit. The Vikings (8-2) leaned on a potent passing attack to pick up a victory in this longstanding rivalry.
Atlantic City senior wide receiver Dayshawn Reynolds reeled in a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Jarren McBride. Their three-yard connection with nine seconds remaining in the first half proved to be the difference.
The Vikings now lead the all-time series with the Spartans 49-31-4.
Atlantic City advances to a South Jersey Group V semifinal showdown at unbeaten Williamstown on Friday, Nov. 30. Holy Spirit next hosts Pingry in Non-Public playoff action
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