Football: Lindsay wins first Bell game in six years
The Cardinals defeated Strathmore 10-7 to end the Spartans hopes of a perfect season
By Jermaine Johnson II @Jerm_10
LINDSAY – It was a low scoring, stingy defensive battle on Friday night as Lindsay was able to defeat Strathmore for the first time since 2013.
Throughout the game, both defenses gave up some big plays but came up with key stops when it mattered. Strathmore took their opening drive all the way down to the 1-yard line before Lindsay stopped them on fourth and goal. This would be the story of the first half as both teams went into halftime with zero points.
The Cardinals were able to get the first score of the game on the first possession of the second half. They ran all over Strathmore’s defense to get down to the red zone which then set up a 14-yard touchdown pass from junior Randon Gomez to Mario Diaz.
Lindsay only threw six passes and completed half of them for 21 yards. Their offense came from their running game which accumulated over 200 rushing yards. They were led by Gomez and Daniel Trujillo who accounted for over 75 percent of the Cardinals’ offense.
After the offense scored, Lindsay’s defense forced a punt. They were able to add three more points to the board after relying heavily on their rushing attack to get them down the field. With around a minute left in the third quarter, the Cardinals had a 10-0 lead. According to Lindsay head coach Matt Medonca, his team realized that they were “in control of their dynasty” and begin playing even harder than before.
To open the fourth quarter, Strathmore’s passing game allowed them to work the ball down the field. Senior Andre Bravo caught a long pass that put his team at the goal line, and then they were able to run in their first score of the game. The Spartans now trailed 10-7 with about eight minutes remaining in the game. Both defenses stood tough for the rest of the game as no more points were scored.
The Cardinals ended Strathmore’s 13 game regular season winning streak by holding them to their lowest point total of the entire season. The Spartans came into the matchup averaging nearly 41 points a game. The three-point win for Lindsay was their lowest margin of victory of all season. Both teams will have a home playoff game on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.