Captains Bested by Apprentice 38-35, Drop to 1-2


After a collapse to Averett University, the Captains looked to rebound against the Apprentice School in what was their first ever matchup against them. In front of a crowd of 3,173, the Captains narrowly lost 38-35 which dropped their record to 1-2.


The Captains opened the game with the football. After a loss of three on a 3rd and 1, the Captains opted to go for it at the Apprentice 34 yard-line which resulted in an incomplete pass and a turnover on downs. This gave Apprentice the football and led to a nine play, 66 yard drive that gave them an early 7-0 lead.


On the Captains next drive, they started it with a 25 yard run from freshman running back Trenton Johnson which put the ball in Apprentice territory. After a couple penalties on Apprentice, the Captains were in the red zone. An 18 yard run from freshman running back Gunner White put the Captains in the end zone and a made extra point from senior kicker Ryan Castle evened the score at 7.


After punts from both offenses, Apprentice then embarked on a six play, 47 yard drive that ended with a rushing touchdown from Willis Walton. An ensuing three and out from the Captains then led to a made field goal from Apprentice that gave them a 17-7 lead. Despite the struggles on offense, back to back completions from Junior quarterback Matt Dzierski to wide receivers Colin Hart and Xander Jedlick cut the lead to three heading into halftime.


After the intermission, Apprentice went on a seven minute, 42 second drive that ended with a goal line stand from the Captains defense. The Captains then went on an 11 play, 95 yard drive that ended with a Matt Dzierski rushing touchdown. This gave the Captains a 21-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.


Once the fourth quarter began, Apprentice scored a touchdown to regain the lead. A three and out from the Captains offense subsequently resulted in another Apprentice touchdown that gave them another ten point lead. An interception from quarterback Matt Dzierski gave Apprentice the chance to end the game for good. A punt from Apprentice followed by a touchdown from Freshman Trey Hayes gave the Captains some life but it was short lived once Apprentice quarterback Mason Tatum ran for a 36 yard touchdown to bring the lead back up to ten. The Captains scored a touchdown on their last offensive possession but failed to recover the onside kick and lost, 38-35.


Trenton Johnson led the team in rushing with 53 yards on four carries. Trey Hayes led the team in receiving with five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Colin Hart and Xander Jedlick also caught touchdowns. The Captains defense struggled mightily, allowing Apprentice to convert seven of their eleven third downs.


Next Saturday, Christopher Newport University (1-2) will host Catholic University next Saturday as part of Family Weekend.