Raiders Pull Out 42-41 Win Over HC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Kelly   
Saturday, 18 August 2012 03:00

In a game that was fast and furious for four quarters, it was a heart-stopping, fist-pounding, high-five kind of a last 36 seconds in one of the area's most competitive season openers for the high school school football season in many years

The players on Cardinal Ritter's sideline were ecstatic when junior quarterback Jake Purichia dashed up the middle and eluded tacklers on a 16-yard touchdown run--his second rushing touchdown of the game--and senior Riley Ellington added the extra point for a 42-35 lead over Heritage Christian with 36 seconds left in the game.

The euphoria didn't last long. 

Heritage Christian senior wide receiver Anthony Warrum took the ensuing kickoff and raced across midfield to the Raiders' 32 yard-line to set up the possible game-tying score for the Eagles with only 24 seconds remaining in the game. Senior quarterback Matt Hunt scrambled to the 27 before Warrum hauled in a screen pass and dashed down to the three-yard line with seven seconds remaining before Heritage Chrstian called a timeout. On the ensuing play, Hunt sneaked into the end zone as time expired to pulll within 42-41. Heritage Christian head coach Ron Qualls made a gutsy call and went for the win. 

Heritage Christian goes for the win

Heritage Christian faked the extra point and looked to pass for a two-point conversion and a win. But Ritter senior cornerback Taylor Briggs stepped in front of the pass for the interception to seal the win for Cardinal Ritter in the opening game of the doubleheader of the 13th annual Peyback Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday night.

Briggs on his game-saving interception

Briggs said he felt that Heritage Christian would go for the win.

"I had an idea that they would go for a pass on the play," Briggs said. "I just saw it, and I just went up in the air and went for the ball and was able to come down with it."

Heritage Christian scored the game's first two touchdowns before Cardinal Ritter went on a scoring run of its own to tie the game at 21 at haltime. The Raiders trailed the entire game as Heritage Christian scored to take leads at 28 and 35 before Cardinal Ritter bounced back to tie the game. Cardinal Ritter made its biggest defensive stop of the game when it forced a punt by Heritage Christian with just under 3:30 to play in the game.

The biggest play on the ensuing drive for Cardinal Ritter was when senior Jalen Chandler hauled in a 18-yard pass from Purichia to the 27 yard-line. Two plays later Cardinal Ritter took its first lead of the game on the run by Purichia.

Cardinal Ritter head coach Ty Hunt liked how his team was resilient and bounced back for the  win, but was quick to point out there is room for improvement.

Coach Hunt calls game a 'slugfest' 

"It was a slugfest and a battle on that field tonight and we just happened to be the team to pull out the win," Hunt said. "I think the $10 spent to get in this game was probably the best spent $10 on August 17."

Purichia finished the game with 214 passing yards and three touchdowns while junior runningback Logan Beaman gained 209 yards and senior wide receiver Alex Parrett tallied 131 yards.

Hunt said he was impressed by how Purichia handled the offense on the winning drive.

"Jake sure showed a lot of poise on that last drive, and  that will be something to build on the rest of the season," Hunt said.

Click on this link to see a slideshow of pictures from the game.


2011 - Cardinal Ritter buries Broad Ripple 79-9 in a regular action of boys swimming.

2001 - Visiting Indian Creek limits Cardinal Ritter to five points in fourth quarter en route to a 62-48 win in girls basketball action.

1991 - Speedway outscores Cardinal Ritter 20-9 in the decisive second quarter on the way to a 61-42 win in girls basketball.

1981 - Northwest outscores host Cardinal Ritter 23-12 in fourth quarter on the way to a 62-47 victory in girls hoops.

1976 - Ladywood St. Agnes knocks off Cardinal Ritter by the score of 54-37 in a girls basketball contest.

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