Concordia Football Loses in State Quarterfinals to Andale, 54-14
The Concordia High School Football team lost to Andale, 54-14, on Friday, November 12th at Harold M. Clark Stadium to end their 2021 season at 8-3. The Panthers had two rushing touchdowns, becoming the first team in 16 games to score more than one touchdown against the Indians, but failed to make big plays on defense in a game against their third unbeaten opponent in the last five weeks.
The Panthers were held scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 16-0 early after Andale found the end zone twice in the first period. The Indians converted a 3rd-and-5 and a 4th-and-1 on their opening drive before Junior Quarterback Wyatt Spexarth scored on a sneak from the 2-yard line. Then, after a Concordia three-and-out on their first possession, Junior Running Back Cody Parthemer ripped through the Panthers' defense for a 52-yard touchdown.
The defense did give Concordia a lifeline late in the first quarter when Senior Defensive End Tyler Hobrock tackled Senior Nathan Nemechek for a 12-yard loss on a wide receiver reverse to force an Andale punt.
Concordia took over at the Andale 39 and Senior Quarterback Cav Carlgren showed off his wheels on a 14-yard scramble, scoring his seventh rushing touchdown of the year to cap a 9-play drive and trim the Andale lead to 16-6 with 9:52 to play in the first half.
Andale Junior Tight End and Returner Kelby Eck caught the kick off at the 20 yard line before sprinting past a pair of Panthers, breaking loose on the far sideline and returning the ball 80 yards for a touchdown. The special teams touchdown was the second allowed by Concordia in the postseason and put the Indians up 24-6 with 9:38 left in the second quarter.
The Concordia special teams unit made up for the mistake later in the period when they came away with an Andale muffed punt, recovered by Sophomore Cameron Cleveland at the Concordia 48. Cleveland had three fumble recoveries this season.
The Panthers only managed one first down on the ensuing drive and a Carlgren punt pinned the Indians at their own 8-yard line with 1:25 to go in the first half.
Andale answered with a picture perfect two-minute drill, covering 92 yards in eight plays and took 67 seconds, with a touchdown coming on a 38-yard pass to Senior Wide Out Drew Bugner to give the Indians a 32-6 advantage at the intermission.
Concordia started the second half with the football, but Carlgren fumbled a low snap and Andale Senior Linebacker Ivan Lies pounced on it at the Concordia 25. Capitalizing on the turnover, the Indians scored on a one play drive when Junior Running Back Riley Marx split through defenders for a 25-yard touchdown.
Andale scored on all three of their third quarter possessions. Sophomore Running Back Gage Prosser got loose on a 34-yard touchdown run with 5:09 to go, and later Junior Running Back Jonah Meyer posted an 8-yard touchdown run to put the Indians up 54-6 and force a running clock heading to the fourth frame.
The Panthers completed the scoring in the fourth quarter when Senior Wingback Aidan Poore ran it in from 30-yards out to complete a 7 play, 79-yard drive to make the score 54-14.
Poore had 6 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown, while he also had 3 receptions for 18 yards. Poore was named our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game.
Concordia Senior Keyan Miller scored on the two-point conversion run. Miller ended up with 28 carries for 38 yards, reaching 1,721 rushing yards this year. Miller ends his career with 3,352 rushing yards, the second most all-time in Concordia history.
The Panthers entered the game averaging 40.5 points and 400.1 total yards per game this year, but Andale held Concordia to just two touchdowns and 208 yards of total offense. The Panthers managed just 61 passing yards and 147 yards on the ground, their third lowest rushing output of the season.
Carlgren went 5-of-14 throwing the ball, completing passes to Poore, Hobrock and Senior Wide Receiver Alexis Garcia. Garcia received our H&R Block of the Game.
In what has been a season of milestones, Carlgren achieved yet another one in passing former Concordia Quarterbacks Matt Hawkins and Wyatt Trost for 8th all-time in passing yards. Carlgren concludes his playing career with 1,262 career passing yards.
Cleveland led the team with 9 tackles to go along with the fumble recovery. Poore had 7 tackles, including 4 solo stops. Carlgren, Miller and Junior Stryker Hake had 4 tackles apiece.
Jordan Echer finished his third season as Concordia's Head Football Coach, continuing to turn around a program that posted its first eight win season since 2014 and reached the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs for the first time in 22 years. The Panthers are now 18-12 under Echer and have notched back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in six years.