PBL football falls to 0-3 with loss to Clifton Central

PAXTON — Something had to give in Friday's Sangamon Valley Conference game between Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Clifton Central.
Each team entered their first conference game winless after two losses against state-ranked teams, and the two squads went into the second half of the contest tied at 7-7.
Clifton Central was the team that would break through as it scored 20 consecutive points in the second half to take a 27-7 victory over Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
“We've got to get it together across the board. We've got to be able to score some points, but that's not just the offense. People are going to say the offense needs work. No, what needs work is the PBL football team," PBL head coach Jeff Graham said. 
"We are a team. That's what needs work, and that includes myself and the coaches. That includes everybody – offense and defense. I know people want to point fingers, but the bottom line is we need to improve as a team and rally around one another and just improve. We had some kids who worked their tails off.”
Defenses start strong
Both teams were held scoreless until Clifton Central’s Kollin Krumwiede sprinted toward a 60-yard touchdown down the right sideline on a pass from Andrew Boudreau with 2:04 left in the second quarter.
On the Comets' opening drive, Boudreau threw for a first down to Sergio Sandavol. Two plays later, however, Adrian Pace was tackled by PBL's Brandon Scott for a loss of five yards on second-and-8 before Boudreau was sacked by Alex Pippin on third down.
“I'm proud of several of the guys. Alex Pippin did an unbelievable job," Graham said. “Our defense, for the second week in a row, just did a wonderful job. I know people are going to look at the score and say, 'How can you say your defense did a wonderful? Well, watch the film. We had some hitters on defense. We had some guys getting after it.” 
After Jonathan Muller started PBL's ensuing drive with an 11-yard run, scampers by Keanan Crabb and Drake Schrodt and an incomplete pass forced the Panthers to punt.
Krumwiede ran for nine and five yards on the first two plays on Clifton Central's next drive, but Ben McClure tackled Canyon Burrow for a loss of one yard on the next play. After Boudreau ran for two yards on second down, he threw an incomplete pass on third-and-9, forcing the Comets to punt.
After PBL went three-and-out, Pippin tackled Krumwiede for a loss of two yards and Clifton Central was called for a false start before Jaxson Coplea tackled Austin Boudreau on a screen pass. On third-and-15, Krumwiede ran for 17 yards for a first down.
Krumweide then ran for two yards and and Andrew Boudreau threw an incomplete on second down before the Comets were called for a holding penalty on a pass from Boudreau to Pace. After Krumwiede ran for six yards on third-and-26, Clifton Central punted.
Muller ran for two yards before Will Pound completed a pass on second-and-8 to Mason Ecker for 14 yards to put the ball on the Panthers' own 49-yard line. Two runs by Schrodt, an incomplete pass and a false-start penalty forced PBL to punt, giving Clifton Central the ball with 10:25 left in the second quarter.
Missed opportunities
After Krumwiede ran for two yards, Clifton Central was called for a false-start penalty on second-and-8. Krumwiede was gang-tackled by Pippin and Muller, among others, on second-and-13 for a gain of one yard before running for four yards on third-and-12.
On fourth-and-8, Burrow tried to run on a fake punt, but was tackled short of the first-down marker by Schrodt and Pippin, giving PBL the ball on the Comets' 24-yard line.
After Pound ran for four yards, PBL was called for a false start. Crabb ran for three yards on second-and-11 before Clifton Central was called for an encroachment penalty. 
After another Crabb run, the Panthers faced a fourth-and-1, on which the Comets' Jacob Smith tackled Crabb for a loss of yards on a toss play to force a turnover on downs, giving Clifton Central the ball back on its own 19-yard line.
Krumwiede was tackled by Busboom for a loss of two yards on second-and-19 and Keaton Krumwiede broke up a passing attempt on third down. Burrow's fourth-and-11 punt went out of bounds at Clifton Central's 38-yard line with 5:13 left in the second quarter.
After an incomplete pass on first down, Keaton Krumwiede caught a pass for five yards. On third-and-5, Crabb ran for three yards. 
On fourth-and-2, Pound was tackled by the Comets' Robbie Love and Justin Coggins for a loss of yards, giving Clifton Central the ball back on its own 31-yard line.
Coplea and Pippin tackled Kollin Krumwiede for a loss of two yards on second-and-9 before Andrew Boudreau ran for a first down on third-and-11. Boudreau connected with Krumwiede for their 60-yard touchdown two plays later.
Tying the game
On its ensuing drive, PBL drove 63 yards in six plays. Jonathan Muller scampered 12 yards down the right sideline for a game-tying touchdown with 36.9 seconds left in the first half.
Pound produced two 14-yard runs -- including one on third-and-4 that put the ball on Clifton Central's 29-yard line -- and Crabb scampered for 25 yards to the Comets' 4-yard line to help set up Muller for his touchdown run.
Breaking the tie
The Comets (1-2) took a 13-7 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Krumwiede with 8:43 left in the third quarter after Jacob Ladd recovered a fumble by PBL’s Keanan Crabb to put the ball in the red zone.
“I have to give credit to Clifton Central. They kept plugging along, kept getting after it and just beat us down and got the job done," Graham said. "They're a good football team. They're going to have success this year. I have to give them a lot of credit.”
Pound was tackled by Austin Boudreau for a loss of four yards on first down on PBL's first possession of the second half before he threw an interception to Smith on a pass intended for Schrodt on second down, giving the Comets the ball on PBL's 40-yard line.
Andrew Boudreau ran for three yards on first down before throwing an incomplete pass on second-and-7. Jake Rich then tackled Krumwiede for a loss of three yards on third-and-7, forcing Clifton Central to punt to PBL's 15-yard line prior to Crabb's first fumble.
Mason Ecker caught a pass from Pound for 23 yards on first-and-20 on the Panthers' first possession after Krumwiede's go-ahead score. T.J. Jones caught a pass for 14 yards to the Comets' 33-yard line two plays later.
Kyle Poll ran for nine and four yards on the next two plays to put the ball in the red zone.
Four plays later, however, Muller was stopped short of the first-down marker on a rushing attempt on fourth-and-6, giving the Comets the ball back on their own 15-yard line. 
Pippin recorded a tackle for a loss on first down and McClure and Coplea tackled Krumwiede for a loss of one yard on second down to force a third-and-12, on which Andrew Boudreau ran for five yards before the Comets punted.
After the Panthers and Comets traded three-and-out possessions, Crabb ran for 12 yards on first-and-15 and scampered for a first down on the next play to the Comets' 41-yard line. 
Two plays later, however, Smith recovered another fumble by Crabb on second-and-5, giving Clifton Central the ball on its own 35-yard line. 
On third-and-10, Boudreau ran for 15 yards. Four plays Krumwiede scampered 41 yards for another touchdown on fourth-and-1 with 9:07 left in the game. 
The Comets scored again on 1-yard run by Krumwiede with 2:52 remaining.
“He popped some loose – he's capable of that," Graham said. "He's a really good running back – we knew that – but for the most part, our guys did a pretty good job of containing him.”
Up next
The Panthers will try to get into the win column at 7 p.m. next Friday, when they travel to Kentland, Indiana, to face South Newton, which is winless as well after falling to 0-4 with a 53-12 loss to Watseka/St. Anne.
“Nobody wants to be 0-3 – it's just a really bad feeling, but you cannot feel sorry for yourself and pout. You have to get up tomorrow morning and get back after it,” Graham said. “That's what it's all about. You learn a lot about the character of a person when you lose. We cannot sit around and pout. 
“We've got a lot of work to do. We can't point fingers. We have to encourage one another, be positive and play good, hard-nosed football and come back out and get back to work.”

Clifton Central 27, PBL 7
CC  0  7  6  14 -- 27
PBL 0  7  0   0 -- 7
Scoring summary
C -- Krumwiede 60 pass from An. Boudreau (Ladd kick)
P -- Muller 12 run (Humes kick)
C -- Krumwiede 1 run (kick failed)
C -- Krumwiede 41 run (Pace pass from An. Boudreau)
C -- Krumwiede 1 run (kick failed)

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