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Football, Game Article | October 24, 2021

Woeful 3rd Quarter did Hawks In Losing to the Billies, 31-28

                Canyon Lane Hawks come up short in loss to Fredericksburg.


Another woeful 3rd quarter led to a heart breaking loss to Fredericksburg as the Hawks will now need
to win one of their two remaining games to clinch a playoff berth,

Let’s Go Hawks!

Those 3rd quarter woes happened in a hurry with Canyon Lake starting the 3rd quarter with the ball and with a scoring drive would have had the upper hand in this important district battle.

“Our third quarter got away from us and we made too many mistakes,” Head Coach Charley Drum stated. “We have to find a way on how to fix that but we had two equal teams that battled it out tonight.”

That first series to open this second half had a pick six for 45 yards on the 3rd play from scrimmage. That score reversed the Hawk lead to a 3 point deficit, 14-17.

Next play after the kick-off was a lost fumble which had the Billies needing just 4 plays to turn that turnover to points, 14-24.

On The Lake’s next possession, a 3 play and punt was in order which had the Hawk offense going backwards losing 14 yards on two plays and showing a 6 yard second down run as the only redeemable play in that series.

Fredericksburg would continue their onslaught scoring in 4 plays and that ended with a 52 yard pass and catch play, 14-31.

CL’s next possession? Another lost opportunity with an interception after a 46 yard run by James Bates and penetrating to the Billie 24 yard line.

                          Let’s Go Hawk!!

Those mistakes continued in other fashions after a penalty halted CL’s next chance with the ball and the Hawks not able to convert a fake punt when Dalton Stanley would find Joe Gonzales on a pass play that was short of the line needed to continue that drive.

Freddie would threaten again with a 47 yard run to CL’s 11 yard line but the Hawk defense would force a field goal attempt that was not successful.

The next Hawk offensive play had Bates darting through the line and then taking the visitors sideline for an 80 yard run and score. It was Bates’ 2nd 80 yard run for a touchdown with that first deed coming against Smithville while Bates was a Sophomore. Those two runs stand in 5th place for longest rushing plays.


             Top 19 Longest Runs in Hawk History

             Player           Yards   Year   Opponent
             Austin Brennan    90     2016   Blanco
             Austin Brennan    87     2016   Fredericksburg
             Trent Lorett      87     2017   Austin Reagan
             Josh DeVries      82     2014   Smithville
             James Bates       80     2019   Smithville
             James Bates       80     2021   Fredericksburg
             Jacob Ruff        79     2018   Burnet
             Zach Henshaw      79     2011   Luling
             Austin Brennan    78     2016   Austin Eastside
             Tanner Faris      76     2016   Bandera

James Bates 80 yard touchdown run started a comeback that just fell short.

Bates commented on what Canyon Lake must do from here, “We got to continue to play and not let up….give 100% the entire game. We got off the gas but now we to stay on the gas.”

Canyon Lake forced a Fredericksburg punt on their next possession and the Hawks would take 10 plays that had Helijah Johnson scoring from 2 yards out drawing the Hawks back to within 3 points, 31-28.

Another penalty on a 4th down conversion when FHS was on The Lake’s 40 yard line would douse any more hope of pulling off a comeback win. The Billies needed 2 yards and the off-side penalty kept the drive alive and a victory formation for the Visitors.

Canyon Lake’s 3rd quarter travails can be highlighted in scoring 13 points while allowing 58 during that 12 minutes of play.

During the past 13 seasons of Hawk football, the worst year of garnering a 20 first down game was in 2013 when the Hawks started their first season playing the slot-t offense with just one game hitting that mark..

So far, during this season there has yet to be one game that has reached that 20 mark which speaks volumes on not being able to sustain drives and committing any type of penalty is able to stop an offensive series.

The pass for the slot-t offense is another indicator on first downs, eating up clock and scoring and this campaign has had the lowest average per catch with right a 11.9 yards per catch.

Compared to previous slot-t seasons the lowest yardage per catch was in 2015 with a 17.3 average. For total yardage the 287 yards this season still needs t53 more yards to reach that 2013 number.

Canyon Lake had 23 receptions during that 2013 season and this year’s team passed that number with 24 for this year. Hence the low per catch average.

Do note that this present team still has two games left for their regular season.

Canyon Lake will be on the road in Lampasas as the Badgers stand tied with Freddie for 2nd place in the district.

The Hawks are now tied with Burnet as their are 5 teams jockeying for one of those 4 playoff spots.

A tough loss but there is still a lot that can happen and CL is still in the thick of decent year.

Let’s Go Hawks!!


                 1  2  3  4  Final
Fredericksburg  10  0 21  0  31
CL Hawks         0 14  0 14  28
Scoring Summary:
FH-Jovanny Alva 21 yard field goal (7:40), 1st
FH-Mason Reeh 14 yard pass from Cole Immel (2:31), 1st
CL-Dalton Stanley 9 yard pass from Hunter Anderson (11:14), 2nd
CL-Shayne Moss 68 yard run (Dalton Stanley kick), 7:59, 2nd
FH-Javier Rodriguez 45 yard interception return (Alva kick), 10:32, 3rd
FH-Logan Metzger 3 yard pass from Immel (Alva kick), 8:53, 3rd
FH-Mason Reeh 52 yard pass from Immel (Alva kick), 5:32, 3rd
CL-James Bates 80 yard run (Stanley Dalton kick), 8:12, 4th
CL-Helijah Johnson 2 yard run (Stanley Dalton kick), 3:05, 4th

Team Stats            Billies     Hawks
Total Yards           378         369
First Downs           16          13
Rush/Yards            30/157      37/327
Comp/Att/Int          15/23/0     4/8/2
Passing Yards         221         42
Punts/Average         3/35.7      3/40.7
Fumbles/Lost          3/0         1/1
Penalties-Yards       6-45        6-55
TOP                   28:45       18:54
3rd Down Conversions  5/13  39%   4/9  44%
4th Down Conversions  1/2   50%   0/3  00%

Passing               Comp  Att   Pct   Yds  Int  TD
Hunter Anderson       4     5    .800   42   2    1

Rushing               Att   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
James Bates           13    179  13.8   80   1
Shayne Moss            6     74  12.3   68   1
Helijah Johnson       13     72   5.5   25   1
Jeremy Greene          3     14   4.7   12   0
Hunter Anderson        2    -12    —     —   0
Totals                37    327   8.8   80   3

Receiving             No   Yds    Ave   Lg   TD
Tanner Schultz         1    25   25.0   25   0
Dalton Stanley         1     9    9.0    9   1
Kolten Ramey           1     7    7.0    7   0
Joe Gonzales           1     1    1.0    1   0
Totals                 4    42   10.5   25   1