Honor downs Pride in high-scoring Under-15 showdown, 41-29
Nygel Moore and Johnathan Hernandez combined for more than 200 yards of offense as the U-15 Honor defeated the U-15 Pride 41-29 at International Bowl VIII Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Despite the lopsided win, Pride’s Jake Langdon definitely left an indelible mark on this game with more than 200 rushing yards and more than 120 return yards, including an 80-yard kick return for a touchdown and two more on the ground.
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“This has been an amazing experience. I still can’t believe we just played a game on the same field as the Cowboys and Packers played last night,” said Honor head coach Vai Tuau from East Los Angeles College. “We’ve only had a few days to work with this bunch and bring them together, but the kids were great and we had such a thrilling week of football.”
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The first half was the Moore and Langdon show as the pair exchanged touchdowns seemingly at will throughout the first 24 minutes. Moore, the 5-foot-8, 170 pounder from Lancaster, S.C., showed off his wide array of talents in staking his U-15 Honor team to a lead. On their initial drive of the game it was Moore who did the heavy lifting with runs of 34, 7 and 15. Quarterback Ryan Cammas finished off the 2-minute drive with a 1-yard run.
Pride’s botched snap from center on a punt attempt cost them two points as the ball went out of the end zone. Moore then scored a touchdown of his own on the Honor’s third drive when he took a handoff around the outside and dashed untouched 13 yards for the score. On the point after, Blake Gotcher got his Pride team on the board when he not only blocked the attempt but then recovered it and ran 75 yards for two points.
Pride followed Gotcher’s heroics with another long run, this time by Langdon (Carmel, Ind.) who ran 76 yards for a score. Langdon juked two Honor linebackers before outsprinting everyone else down the sideline. The extra point was mishandled making the score 15-8.
Moore again was on display on the Honor’s second to last drive of the first half along with fellow running back Hernandez (Laredo, Texas). Moore capped an impressive and methodical 10-play, 50-yard drive. Hernandez’s 25-yard kickoff return set up the Honor is great field position. Although the Pride defense appeared to have their opponents on the ropes with a fourth-and-10, back to back offsides penalties gave the Honor a first down. From there Moore did the honors with a nifty run and stiff arm to the corner of the end zone.
“I’m a huge Cowboys fan so playing here and playing so well as a team is really cool,” said Moore who finished the day with 123 rushing yards, three touchdowns and a nifty trophy as his team’s MVP. “I’ve made so many great friends in a short time that I’ll always remember this week.”
Raider Damuni (Provo, Utah) scooped and scored on an ill-fated backwards pass on the Pride’s next possession to give Honor a 29-8 lead that looked rather comfortable. That is until Jake Langdon struck again, this time with an 80-yard kickoff return to get the Honor back into the game, 29-14.
Jackson Delsi (San Tan Valley, Ariz.) had his own fireworks in store when he took the ensuing kickoff 54 yards to set up his Honor squad inside the 15. Hernandez carried to the 2-yard line before Moore scored for the third time in the half.
But before the two teams could jog into their luxury locker rooms at the house that Jerry Jones built, Langdon wasn’t quite finished. He took a handoff, shook off one tackler and tiptoed down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 35-22 in favor of Honor at the half.