Shoot-out at Bolden goes to Falcons
The Ben Lippen Falcons ( 3- 1) traveled to Charles F. Bolden Stadium Thursday, September 15 to take on the C.A. Johnson Hornets (0-3). The game was unexpectedly interrupted shortly before halftime when lightning struck a transformer behind the stadium, resulting in the stadium lights shutting off and causing mass pandemonium. The Falcons went on to win their third game, outdueling C. A. Johnson, 49-34.
The first quarter was all Ben Lippen, as the Falcons took over possession inside the C.A. Johnson 10 yard line after a bad snap on the Hornets’ punt attempt. Ben Lippen’s Tyler Renew scored on a 10-yard scamper on the first offensive play.
On the Hornets’ next drive, quarterback Eddie Boatright’s pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Ben Lippen linebacker Blake Tindle, which was called back due to a controversial block in the back call. The Falcons’ rushing offense, rooted by running back Tyler Renew and all purpose back Tuck Benefield, was impressive and efficient throughout the 1st quarter, racking up four touchdowns and over 200 yards. At the conclusion of the first quarter, Ben Lippen led C.A. Johnson 28- 0.
The Hornets eventually found their groove on a 75-yard TD pass from Eddie Boatwright to all-purpose back Anthony Eaddy. However, the two-point conversion was not successful. C.A. Johnson cornerback Kabaris Daniels recovered a Ben Lippen fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the Hornets turned the Falcon faux pax into points quickly with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Boatwright to wide receiver Peter Goodman.
The Falcons found success with the passing game later in the half with freshman quarterback Robert Barrow’s connection to all-purpose back Tuck Benefield for a 34- yard touchdown. The following point after attempt was also good by Tuck Benefield. Barrow, who made his varsity debut due to injuries of other Ben Lippen quarterbacks, completed 10 of 17 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
When asked what the game plan was offensively for his team with starting a freshman quarterback, Ben Lippen head coach Reggie Shaw answered, “We wanted to establish the run from the beginning and provide solid protection for high percentage passes. We met as a coaching staff, reviewed the personnel, and simplified our approach so that it would be easier to understand and execute.”
The Hornets bounced immediately back from the high flying Falcon air attack with yet another 75-yard touchdown pass from Boatwright to Goodman on the first offensive play. The two-point attempt was successful after a shifty scramble by Boatwright. Boatwright was 14 of 34 in pass attempts for 334 yards and four touchdowns.
The Falcons responded the next drive with a strong dose of Renew, who rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns and topped off the 61-yard drive with a picturesque touchdown pass from Barrow to wide receiver Fraser Hahn in the corner of the end zone.
After a series of pos- sessions and punts from both teams, the Hornets found the end zone through their go-to-man Eaddy on a 58-yard touchdown pass. Eaddy had five receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
The Hornets continued to give the Falcon defense fits with a balanced running and passing approach with an 80-yard rushing touchdown from Eaddy. However, the Ben Lippen defense stifled the Hornets’ late game comeback with an interception in the end zone by senior safety Fraser Hahn. The Falcons ran the clock out on the next possession resulting in a final score of Ben Lippen 49 and C.A. Johnson 34.
The game ended in a touching way, as Ben Lippen father Chief Warrant Officer Jack Tindle, who is stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, emerged from the press box where he had just watched his son, Blake Tindle have the game of his life. Blake, and sister McKenzie, were unaware their father was home yet in the U. S., much less that he witnessed his son’s best game of his career. Blake racked in a fumble recovery, an interception, and seven tackles in a game in which he will remember for the rest of his life not for his outstanding performance, but rather for his surprise visitor from across the world.