Hayes survives a last-second field goal attempt vs. Christ the King

Hayes’ football squad is destined for great things this year.

Christ the King is a school known for their strong athletic department. They excel in hockey and football. On Friday, September 12, the varsity team came to SUNY Maritime to battle Cardinal Hayes. As Hayes proved in this game, past history counts for nothing. It is performance on the field and perseverance that matters most.

In the opening minutes of the first quarter, junior fullback Keith Goode scored a 99-yard TD to put Hayes on the board first. Christ the King answered back almost immediately with a TD of their own from Anthony Acevedo on a 65-yard pass. The two teams went back and forth for the whole first quarter, with another three touchdowns scored before the second quarter began. It took half of the second quarter before King scored a TD from Thomas Fogerty. This was answered immediately by Hayes with a TD from Chris Chapman. That would be all the scoring for the first half as the two teams went into halftime with Hayes leading 26-18.

After a very quiet third quarter, with no scoring taking place, the fourth began with Terrel Hunt scoring a TD with 11:01 on the clock. This evened the score at 26. With 7:16 remaining, Henson scored for Hayes to put them back on top 33-26. The momentum seemed to be going in Hayes’ favor until with 1:21 left, Hunt scored another TD to narrow the gap to one point, 33-32. King’s missed the kick for the extra and tying point and ultimately lose this match 33-32.

Cardinal Hayes’ head coach, C J O’Neil, spoke very highly of Goode saying, “He is a bright, well focused young man with a lot of talent and desire.” It seems that with Goode and the rest of Hayes’ ambition and drive, this team is destined for good things.

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