Saturday, August 27, 2011

Caldwell pulls away late in Warrior Bowl 2

Union coaches Steve Carter and Sean Thompson chose a play call
for QB Kren Rister. Carter and Thompson are both former
Crittenden County coaches. Thompson played QB at CCHS.

Caldwell County's freshman tandem of QB Elijah Sindelar and running back Jaylen Boyd was too much for Union County in game two of the National Guard Warrior Bowl Saturday night at Rocket Stadium.

Sindelar, a 6-4, 175-pounder with a good arm, stretched Union County's secondary and Boyd broke loose on some big runs to help Caldwell post a 34-12 victory. Boyd was the game's MVP.

The game was close until the fourth period when Caldwell pulled away thanks partly to an interception return by senior defensive end Jake Jones. Union was within 8 with 10 minutes to play.

First-game mistakes hurt Union County, but Caldwell looked sharp coming off an incredible 80-62 win last week over Calloway County. Union had a couple of delay of game penalties and an infraction for illegal participation. The Braves also had trouble with players cramping.

Caldwell QB Elijah Sindelar
Meanwhile, Caldwell proved it has plenty of weapons to contend for the Class 2A First District title. Union County plays in the Class 2A Second District. Both are in the First Region along with Crittenden County, which is new to 2A this season. Crittenden is in the district with Caldwell County.

Receiver Jake Risinger and running back Jerrell Foster give Union County some lethal weapons as well. Crittenden plays Union County in two weeks at Morganfield. By then, the Braves will likely have many of those mistakes ironed out.