CC-Crystal downs Vestaburg in battle of unbeatens


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:33 pm on Monday, September 23, 2013

The Vestaburg Wolverines line up to run a play against thte Carson City-Crystal Eagles on Friday night in an MSAC game. The Eagles won 24-6. — Daily News/Cory Smith

VESTABURG — Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg went into their football game even at 3-0 with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the Mid-State Activities Conference South Division standings.

The Eagles beat the Wolverines in the conference opener Friday 24-6. With the Irish’s 42-0 win over Ashley, CC-Crystal and Sacred Heart will be undefeated going into next Friday’s games.

“It was exactly what we expected,” CC-Crystal coach Devin Pringle said. “They (Vestaburg) are a good football team.”

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So good in fact, the Wolverines were ranked sixth in the state in Division 8 by the Associated Press.

The Eagles (4-0, 1-0) got on the board in the first quarter with a 13-yard Will Beedy run and a Beedy 2-point conversion.

Caron City-Crystal’s Garner Cusack hauls in a touchdown pass from quarterback Rhett Pringle Friday evening against Vestaburg, — Daily News/Cory Smith

In the second quarter, CC-Crystal scored again when Robert Failing ran in from 26 yards out to make the score 16-0 at halftime.

“We left a lot of meat on the bone,” Pringle said. “We didn’t convert a few fourth downs and we had a couple of touchdowns called back on penalties.”

Both teams scored in the fourth quarter, with the Eagles getting the first score when  quarterback Rhett Pringle threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Garner Cusack. Cusack ran in the conversion for a 24-0 lead.

Vestaburg (3-1, 0-1) got a fumble recovery in the end zone for their six points.

Devin Pringle said CC-Crystal did what he wanted them to do.

“We said all week whoever wins the line of scrimmage wins the game,” he said. “I though our bigs established themselves.”

Beedy ended up with 116 yards on 22 carries while Failing added 68 yards on nine touches.

Rhett Pringle was 5-of-6 passing for 78 yards.

But the defense was big, Devin Pringle noted.

“We played extremely well. Vestaburg had only 176 yards (of offense) all night,” he said.

Pringle said his team has been very good.

“They’re a neat group of seniors,” he said. “They’re starting to have the payoff. I hope I carries over to the rest of their life when they see good things coming in, good things come out.”

The Eagles will host Coleman next Friday, while Sacred Heart will head to Montabella.

The sunset lights up the sky Friday evening as Vestaburg drives the ball against Carson City-Crystal in the second quarter. — Daily News/Cory Smith

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