Flash Staff Report
(October 28, 2017) — Devon Corpus ran wild with multiple touchdowns, Jason Misener score passing and rushing, Tom VanKrnaenburg had a big two-way performance and it all added up to a historic victory for Lingleville Friday.
The Cardinals soared past Gordon for the first time in school history, winning 60-24 on the road to give themselves a chance at a playoff spot. More than that, it showed again why this is the most improved team around from the start of the preseason to this point of the year.
When The Flash Today first attempted to get a team shot of the Cardinals, it was a no go because only six boys were at practice that day. Coach Ken Davis said eight dressed for the first game.
“We didn’t even have enough to put the full other side out there in practice. We would be on offense and didn’t even have enough guys to show us how the defense would line up,” said Davis. “It was crazy, we just had a bunch of illnesses and everything go wrong early in the year.”
But those players returned, and the Cardinals began to catch up to the competition. Now they’re even racing past some teams they once were unable to compete with.
“It’s kind of neat, because Gordon is one of those teams that I’ve always followed and they’re supposed to beat people like this not the other way around,” said Davis, who is in his first year at Lingleville. “To be honest, looking at how far we’ve come, this is my most rewarding coaching win in my career.”
VanKranenburg keyed a fierce defensive effort that shut down Gordon after the Longhorns led 16-6 early on.
“I have never seen a player hit as many guys as hard as Tom did (Friday). I haven’t sat down and gone through the film to do stats yet, but I know with assists and everything he had 20 tackles,” said Davis. “And it wasn’t just him, we had guys getting where they were supposed to be outside and turning them in and hten we had guys running inside-out flying to the football. It was a great team defensive effort.”
Offensive, too, seeing how Lingleville only really stopped itself by losing a fumble on a drive that had reached the Gordon 7-yard line.
Even Davis agrees, eight weeks ago, no one could have predicted this.
“We have great kids who committed to coming together and learning and improving and we have done that every week since the start of the season.”
A season the Cardinals hope to continue past the next two weeks.
“It’s going to be tough. There are four teams in our district and two go to the playoffs so really we have to win one more,” he said. “We’ve got May next week at home, and they’re a top 10 team, but we’re going to give them all we’ve got, and whether we beat them or not we’ll turn around and give Gorman all we’ve got the last week of the season. After that, we’ll look up and see where we stand.”