Area preps: CPA ends hard-luck drought

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:55pm

Chances are, Trent Fisher and Andrew Heil won’t win any singing awards or make an audition for parts in a Broadway musical. But the two Chris Presbyterian Academy seniors will certainly be voted into the football choir for the Lions.

After 21-14 win over Goodpasture last week, the Lion duo got up on the stand in the dressing room and led chants like: ‘From the East to the West, CPA is the best.’ The entire team sang along. It was almost as if they had won a playoff game.

It was a win that very well could have salvaged the season. The pair helped CPA halt a dismal 0-3 start, two of the games decided on an extra point, then a two-point run which both came on the last play of the game, to beat the Lions.

Fisher, a defensive back, was all over the field, making 10 tackles and two sacks and one TD-saving tackle in the third quarter. And Heil, an offensive lineman, helped pave the way for CPA to compile about 350 yards of total offense.

“After we started 0-3, no one gave up on themselves,’’ said Fisher, one of the team’s hardest hitters. “It was especially tough, losing on the last play of the game both times. “But we have some great leaders on this team, and everyone stayed up. I’m excited about how all our guys stayed in the game (against Goodpasture), and I’m excited about the rest of the season,’’ he said.

Roman holiday: After a sluggish start, Luke Roman, one of Nashville’s top quarterbacks, got it cranked up in the second half. In the last one and a half quarters, he hit 7-of-7 passes for 128 yards and the game-winner — a 10-yarder to Sam Cranford. He finished with 272 passing yards.

“I’ve got a great group of receivers,’’ Roman said. “They catch the ball better than any group I’ve ever seen. And the O-Line was great, I think we may have been too anxious the first half, then we settled in. We had rough start to our season, but everyone kept playing with a lot of heart,’’ said Roman, who also scored two TDs on short runs.

“That was the biggest catch I’ve made this season,’’ said the 6-2 Cranford. “All the coaches were up-beat and encouraging us through those three losses, emphasizing for us to keep believing. This was a huge win and hopefully gets us back on track.’’

Goodbye tough losses. Hello to the future and a renewed push for the 3A playoffs.

Maplewood up next: CPA has a short week to prepare for a good Maplewood team Thursday, a game which will be shown on TV-30.

“Maplewood is an incredibly skilled team. We’ll be fortunate to stay on the field with them,’’ Coach Jay Mathews said.

About the win over Goodpasture, he said, “it’s a credit to our seniors, they played like champions.’’ Asked if, remembering the two tough losses, that he was fearful the Cougars would hit a long pass and win it with a two-point conversion in the final minute, Mathews laughed and said, “as a coach, I’ve learned that when you least expect it, then expect it. You just have to keep playing hard the entire game.’’

FRA Sports Day Friday: Franklin Road Academy is having a full day of sports in what athletic director Kurt Page calls the “Happening on the Hill’’ on Friday.

Knoxville Webb will invade FRA in three sports, starting with a 3:30 p.m. volleyball match in the gym. At 4:30, the schools meet in girls soccer. That is followed by the football game, which has been moved to 7:30, when the Panthers (2-1) gun for their third straight win against the DII powerhouse Spartans.

McGugin ties knot: Bill McGugin, twin brother of MBA head football coach Daniel McGugin, is getting married to Nancy Rankin Williams Oct. 17 in Raleigh, N.C. The date was arrived on inasmuch as MBA has an open date Oct. 16, enabling Daniel to be in the wedding. Bill has served as an assistant with the Big Red.

Nye transfers: Former USN basketball standout shooting guard Kristi Nye has transferred to Bethel (Minn.) University, in a late summer decision. Nye, a Miss Basketball finalist in DII-A in ’08, signed with Columbus (Ga.) State her freshman year before leaving and deciding on Bethel, a small NCAA DIII school, located just outside St. Paul, Minn.

Ex-Cougars make NFL rosters: Former Goodpasture stars Marcus Buggs (Buffalo) and Patrick Turner (Miami) both made opening-day NFL rosters. Goodpasture is the only school in the state to have two players on NFL teams. Both played on the ’01 state champ Cougars team.