Cambridge-Isanti’s undefeated streak came to an end last week, as the Jackets fell to host Andover 30-29.
After giving the Huskies a 14-0 lead, the Jackets would scratch and claw their way back into the game, but every time C-I got within breathing distance, Andover would score again to extend the score back to a two-possession lead. On three different occasions, the Jackets scored a touchdown to bring the Andover lead to just one point. The final instance happened halfway through the fourth quarter, and despite one last defensive stand that prevented Andover from regaining a larger lead, the Jackets couldn’t quite make that final game-winning drive.
What turned out to be the game-clinching play happened after C-I had scored their second touchdown of the game. Andover blocked the would-be tying extra point attempt. From that point on, both teams attempted, and were successful, on two-point conversions.
Individually, Ryley Nelson was the workhorse for the Jackets, running for 132 yards and a touchdown. Brody Nelson also ran in for a touchdown, while throwing for two more – to Austin Lawson, and to Gaven Ziebarth for the final score of the game.
Boys and Girls cross country
The Jackets had a rare, two-meet week last week, with some very positive results.
At Chisago Lakes, the boys came home with a first-place finish, with the girls taking second. Individually, Henry Abraham came away with the boys championship with a time of 17:50.70. Dylan Larson added a fifth-place finish, with Jaxon Jones and Jack Hennen coming in seventh and eighth.
The Jacket girls also had an individual champion as Jordan Merwin took first with a time of 21:28.70. Abbey Berg, Britt Erickson and Ashton Parnell rounded out the top 10, coming in seventh, eighth and ninth.
Two days later, the boys team came in third and the girls team sixth at the Buffalo Invite. Jones wound up being C-I’s top runner in the meet, coming in 12th, with Abraham close behind in 14th.
On the girls side, Merwin continued to lead the way, coming in 14th for C-I’s lone top-25 finish.
After battling injuries and illness the previous week, the Jackets bounced back in their final regular season match, shutting out Big Lake 7-0. The win, coupled with the team’s 7-0 loss to Buffalo, gave the Jackets a final conference record of 5-4 and overall record of 11-9.
That record earned the Jackets the 9th seed in the Section 7AA tournament, where they went up against 8th seed St. Francis on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
The Jackets lost a heartbreaker on Thursday, Sept. 27, falling to host North Branch 2-1. The two teams appeared to be headed towards overtime, when a late Viking breakaway netted the game winner with a mere five seconds left.
Two days later, the Jackets took out their frustrations on St. Johns Prep, getting a 5-0 win. Alexa Sutherland picked up a hat trick in the win.
The Jackets also fell to Buffalo by a score of 3-0 last week.
The Jackets lost twice last week, falling to Buffalo 3-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and North Branch 4-2 the next day.
Girls swimming and diving
The Jackets gave visiting Rogers a run for their money, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Royals pulled out a 100-86 win.
The Jackets came out strong with a 1-2 finish in the 200 yard medley relay and a first place from Kendra Fanth in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly and another 1-2 finish in diving from Kaia Kirkeide and Sylvia Bevis.
But after that, Rogers claimed the rest of the first places to pull out a come-from-behind victory.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Jackets traveled up to Bemidji, where the team finished in fifth place in the Lumberjack Invite.
The Jackets claimed two more wins last week, with both coming during the STMA tournament. The Jackets topped both Orono and Monticello 2-0 in the final two matches of the tournament. But before that, C-I lost to Champlin Park, Rochester John Marshall and Lake of the Woods 2-0 to start their tournament action.
C-I also lost twice in conference action, falling 3-0 to both Buffalo and STMA.