Big 4th quarter propels Crusaders to win at Storm Lake

October 18, 2019 10:06pm

In a game filled with big plays Bishop-Heelan made a couple more than Storm Lake and the visiting Crusaders defeated the Tornadoes 33-30 Friday night.  Six of the nine touchdowns in the game were 30 yards or longer and it started on Storm Lake's first play from scrimmage when David Soto hit Jailen Hansen with a 50 yard bomb and after a two-point conversion Storm Lake led 8-0

Heelan quarterback Luke Longval would then throw a 49 yard touchdown pass to Christian Velasquez, who broke two tackles on his way to the end zone, and after a missed extra point it was 8-6 and that would be the score after the first quarter.

On the first play of the 2nd quarter Storm Lake senior linebacker and team leader in tackles Colton Dreith intercepted Longval and returned it ten yards to the Heelan five yard line.  Two plays later Ben Raveling ran it in from three yards out, Soto would then run in the two-point conversion and it was a 16-6 lead for the Tornadoes.  Late in the first half the Crusaders special teams came up with a big play as they partially blocked a punt and it gave them the ball at the Tornado 29 yard line with 2:46 left in the half.  Three plays later Longval would connect with Michael Rizk on a 32 yard touchdown pass, the two-point conversion failed and it was 16-12 at the half.

Storm Lake had the ball first in the second half and a trick play on 4th down failed inside their 40 and after a penalty was added on the Crusaders had the ball first and ten at the Storm Lake 16.  Three plays later Jake Kuntz would run it in from three yards out, their two-point conversion failed again but Bishop-Heelan had their first lead at 18-16.  

The Tornadoes first touchdown of the game came on a flea flicker and their third of the game was on a 4th down and one play when Soto took the snap and pitched it to Kole Wiegert who then threw to a wide open Hansen down the field for a 48 yard touchdown.  The two point-conversion failed and it was 22-18 Tornadoes with just under eight to play in the 3rd quarter.

Storm Lake's defense then got a quick stop and the offense got the ball back on their own 35 yard line and on the game's next play Soto found Hansen on a 65 yard touchdown pass for their third connection of the game.  Soto would then hit Ben Raveling in the back of the end zone for the two point conversion and the Tornadoes built their biggest lead at 30-18 as the team scored 14 points in less than three minutes.

The Crusaders, who came into the game with only one win played nothing like it and on the first play of the 4th quarter Longval hit Velasquez on an 88 yard touchdown pass, they would then convert the point after and it was 30-25 with 11:40 to play in the game.

Storm Lake would get the ball back on their own 14 yard line with 7:12 to play but Soto was intercepted throwing a pass over the middle and the Crusaders returned it to the Tornado 27.  Bishop-Heelan would then find themselves facing 4th-down-and 10 when Longval hit Rizk for a 25 yard pass to the Tornado two yard line.  Two plays later Koby Bork crashed across the goal line and after Kuntz ran in the two point conversion it was Bishop-Heelan leading 33-30 lead with just over five minutes to go.

Storm Lake's last drive started from their own 20 and the Tornadoes would get one first down before the drive stalled and they would give the ball up on downs and never get it back.

Bishop Heelan had 334 yards of offense with Longval going 13-for-28 for 251 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Storm Lake had 285 yards of offense but only 103 yards rushing on 48 attempts.  Soto finished the game 6-for-15 for 134 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.  Hansen had five catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns.

Heelan won the game despite committing two more turnovers and they were penalized eight times for 52 yards.

Bishop-Heelan improved to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the district.  Storm Lake falls to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the district.

After the game Storm Lake coach Rudy Wieck had the following comments.