Fossas Defeat Capybaras 154-140 in Second Highest Scoring Cork Bowl Ever; Brooks Wilson and Willy Truitt Co-MVP's; Wilson Catches Career-High 22 Passes and Ties Touchdown Record with 10; Truitt Goes 62-for-86 with Single-Game Record Tying 22 Touchdowns; Henney 52-for-89 with 19 Touchdowns in Defeat; Robert Trimble (18 catches) and Jake Hoalt (17 catches) both Set Career Highs; Greg Howard Becomes All-Time Tackles Leader
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Saturday, December 5th - Many uncertainties surrounded Cork Bowl 19 in the days leading up to the game, including the possibility that the two defenses may actually have an advantage. That was certainly not the case as the Fossas defeated the Capybaras 154-140 in the second highest scoring game in history. The 294 points were the most points scored since Cork Bowl 6 when the two teams combined for 315 points. The Fossas were dealt a tough blow just hours before game time as they found out veteran Josh Williamson would be unable to make it from Virginia for the game. The news didn't come in until nearly 9:00 on Friday night. Luke Yochum, a cousin of Fossa player Evan Woodard, was signed to a one-day contract late Friday night to take Williamson's place.

A heavy rain on Wednesday left the field soft and slick, and the temperatures stayed in the low 30's throughout the game. "It was a little slick and we had some guys go down throughout the game," stated head groundskeeper Tony Cork. "But all things considered, it was awfully good conditions to be playing in for early December." A record-setting crowd took in the action with 23 people in attendance. Despite a slow start to the game, it turned out to be a record-breaking day on many levels. Both quarterbacks had career days, and all four Fossas receivers set career highs in receptions.

It didn't look like an offense-dominated game early as both teams struggled mightily out of the gates. The Fossas started with the ball and moved it across midfield before throwing 3 consecutive incomplete passes to stall the drive and give the Capyabaras an early stop. However, in what would prove to be a recurring theme throughout the day, the Capybaras failed to take advantage of the rare turnover on downs. With only six yards needed for a first down, Henney threw incomplete on three consecutive passes setting up a 4th and 6. Henney was able to connect with Kevin Ryan for 8 yards, but it was ruled the pass was thrown after the six-second time limit and they turned the ball back over to the Fossas without a score. "I thought we got the play off originally," said quarterback Jeff Henney. "But after watching the tape, it was still in my hand when the six-count was up. Like so many things that happened during the game, it was just enough to cost us."

With nearly 8 minutes already off the clock, neither team had put the ball in the endzone and the quarterbacks were a combined 2-for-9 throwing the ball. "Both teams looked rusty coming out of the gates," observed Hall of Fame announcer Tony Cork. "It looked like it might end up being a low scoring game, but that was definitely not the case." The Fossas finally put some points on the board as Willy Truitt connected on back-to-back passes to Brooks Wilson for a 7-0 advantage. Jeff Henney, making his first ever start at quarterback, led the Capybaras down the field for a score of their own as he found Greg Howard in the back of the endzone to tie the score at 7-7. On the next play, the Fossas looked for a quick strike and Willy Truitt hit Jake Hoalt on a length-of-the-field bomb to put them up 14-7 (VIDEO). Henney found Patrick Cork for a pair of long completions and then hit Chris Cork for the game tying score from six yards out. Robert Trimble scored his first touchdown of the game for the Fossas on the next drive from 30 yards out to put the Fossas up 21-14 (VIDEO), but the Capybaras answered with another Greg Howard touchdown to tie the game at 21 with under five minutes to go in the quarter. Back-to-back incompletions left the Fossas with a 3rd and 20 situation, but Truitt hit Trimble and Jake Hoalt on the next two plays to extend the drive and then found Wilson in the endzone for his second score of the quarter to make the game 28-21. "We had a chance to get another stop on them with 3rd and long and a 4th down play, but our defense just couldn't make a play," said Capybaras coach Brian Garrard. The Capybaras were able to answer once again with another touchdown pass to Greg Howard - his third of the quarter - to end the quarter with the score tied 28-28.

Despite the slow start, both teams got rolling as they combined for 8 touchdowns over the final 17 minutes. After missing on four of his first six passes, Willy Truitt completed 8-of-11 to close the quarter. Truitt was 10-for-17 with 4 touchdowns for the Fossas while Jeff Henney completed 9-of-18 passes with 4 scores as well. Patrick Cork led all receivers with 5 catches, while teammate Greg Howard scored on all 3 of his catches in the quarter. Brooks Wilson led the Fossas with 4 catches, while Robert Trimble and Jake Hoalt each had 3.

The Fossas quickly moved the ball deep into enemy territory with a 30 yard completion to Wilson on the first play of the second quarter, but Willy Truitt's pass intended for Robert Trimble in the front left corner of the endzone was picked off by Jeff Henney who made a great one-handed grab for the game's first turnover.(VIDEO) "I thought I had Robert open, but Henney made a heck of a play," said Truitt. "After our first drive of the ending on downs, and then a turnover on the first drive of the second quarter, we were hoping those mistakes wouldn't end up costing us. There have been plenty of times where 1 or 2 mistakes were enough to lose you a game." The Capybaras looked as if they would waste another opportunity following the turnover as they threw three straight incompletions and were faced with a 4th and 16 deep in their own territory. However, this time Chris Cork made a huge catch and run for 30 yards and Henney found him again on the next play on a jump ball pass that Cork was able to bring in over Evan Woodard's head in the corner of the endzone for the Capybaras first lead of the game at 35-28.(VIDEO)

The Fossas moved to a no-huddle offense on the next drive which would eventually be too much for the Capybaras to handle. It took just two plays for Truitt to find Wilson for a 32 yard touchdown grab to tie the game 35-35 (VIDEO), but Henney found Howard in the endzone for the fourth time of the game to put the Capybaras back on top 42-35. Trimble scored a short touchdown to tie the game at 42-42, but Chris Cork answered with a 22-yard score of his own for a 49-42 Capybaras lead halfway through the quarter. It would be the last score of the half for the Capybaras. Trimble scored from 12 yards out to tie the game at 49 apiece and it appeared as if both teams had found their rhythm. After a first down completion to Ryan Tomlinson, however, Henney threw three consecutive incompletions setting up a fourth down play. Henney looked for Howard in the front corner of the endzone, but Willy Truitt made the first of what would be several huge defensive plays as he was able to dive in front of the pass and knock it away and the Fossas had their second turnover on downs of the game. They struck quickly again as Truitt found Jake Hoalt for a 26 yard touchdown on the next play to put the Fossas back on top 56-49.(VIDEO)

After a first down completion set up a second and short situation, the Capybaras shot themselves in the foot once again. A third down pass to Chris Cork was dropped, and the fourth down pass intended for Patrick Cork was just off his fingertips and the Fossas took over inside midfield with 2 minutes to go in the half. Truitt found Wilson for a short score with one minute left in the half and the Fossas had the first two-score lead of the game at 63-49. With one minute left in the half, the Capybaras still had a chance to stay in the game as they would get the ball to start the second half. Again, they put themselves in a difficult situation completing just one of their first three passes and found themselves with a 4th and 12 with 20 seconds left. Henney was able to hit Howard over the middle for a first down and the Capybaras used a timeout to stop the clock with 10 seconds left. On a beautifully designed crossing route, Henney had Chris Cork wide open in the endzone, but Cork was unable to haul in the pass for another costly drop with just two seconds left and a deperation heave to Howard on the next play fell incomplete and the Capybaras were unable to put points on the board to close the half and trailed 63-49 at the half.

"We absolutely had to have a score on that final drive," said Henney. "If we score there, we have a chance to tie the game up to start the third quarter and we are right back in the game. "Our defense really stepped up late in the half," said Willy Truitt. "We used some no-huddle on offense and I thought it really took a lot out of them on the offensive side of the ball." The Capybaras were shut out over the final 12 1/2 minutes of the second quarter and only managed to score 21 points in the quarter. After starting the quarter 8-for-13, Henney completed just 4 of his final 16 passes (including four drops) as the Capybaras offense seemed to hit the wall. "We had bad passes, dropped passes and the Fossas had too much speed," stated Henney. "We were struggling mightily to slow them down and our receivers couldn't get any separation from their defenders at all." The Fossas' defensive game plan worked to perfection in the second quarter. With Robert Trimble blanketing Patrick Cork, the Fossas put Jake Hoalt on Greg Howard near the line of scrimmage and had Willy Truitt shadowing Howard on every play. "Every time I got away from Jake, Willy was right there," said a frustrated Howard. "I haven't dealt with a lot of double coverage in my career, and they worked it as well as they possibly could have."

Truitt continued his torrid pace completing 17-of-23 in the quarter with 5 touchdowns and an interception. Trimble and Wilson both had 5 catches and a pair of touchdowns in the quarter. For the half, Truitt was 22-for-35 with 9 touchdowns. Wilson led the team with 9 catches and 4 touchdowns, while Trimble had 8 catches and 3 scores. Jake Hoalt had a relatively quiet half with 5 catches and two scores, but he had a big second half coming. All 22 of Truitt's completions came to three receivers as Evan Woodard and Luke Yochum did not haul in a pass in the first half.

Henney completed just 12-of-29 passes in the second quarter for 3 scores. Chris Cork had 4 catches and 2 scores in the quarter and Greg Howard had 3 receptions and one score. Henney was 21-for-47 in the first half, but he was hampered by 7 dropped passes from his receivers in the half. Several of the drops were at crucial times, including a couple in the final few minutes as the Capybaras were trying to keep pace. Patrick Cork led the Capybaras in the first half with 7 catches, but failed to find the endzone. Greg Howard had 6 catches and 4 touchdowns and Chris Cork had 5 catches and scored 3 times. Kevin Ryan had 2 catches and Ryan Tomlinson 1 in the first half of play.

The Capybaras started the second half with the ball in must-score mode and Henney found Ryan Tomlinson for his first touchdown of the game to cut the lead to 63-56. The Fossas were faced with a 4th and 5 on the ensuing possession, but the Capybaras were unable to get the big stop as Truitt found Jake Hoalt for the second of his three 4th down receptions for the first down and then hit Wilson in the endzone on the next play from 10 yards out to move the lead back to two scores at 70-56. Henney answered quickly with back-to-back completions to Howard to make it 70-63 (VIDEO), but Jake Hoalt answered with a short score of his own to make it 77-63. After a dropped pass to start the next drive, Henney completed five straight passes including a 5 yard scoring strike to Chris Cork to make it 77-70. After an inconsistent second quarter, Henney came out on fire in the third completing 9 of his first 10 passes with the only incompletion coming on a dropped pass. Hoalt scored from 8 yards out on the next Fossas possession and Howard scored again from 18 yards out on a nice leaping grab to make the score 84-77 (VIDEO), but Hoalt scored for the third consecutive time to push it back to 91-77. Two more dropped passes by the Capybaras set up another third and long situation, but Henney hit Chris Cork on back-to-back passes for gains of 24 and 14 (91-84), but Wilson added another short score from Truitt to make it 98-84 with time running down in the third quarter. Chris Cork scored his third touchdown of the quarter on the next drive and Hoalt followed with his fourth score of the frame on yet another fourth down play to end the quarter with the Fossas leading 105-91.

Both teams came out firing after the halftime break as both teams put up 42 points in the third quarter. Henney was locked in to his receivers needing just 15 completions on 19 attempts to score 6 touchdowns. Henney easily could have had a perfect quarter as all four incomplete passes in the quarter came on dropped passes. Patrick Cork led a balanced third quarter attack with 5 catches for the Capybaras. Chris Cork had 4 receptions and 3 touchdowns, Howard had 3 catches and a pair of touchdowns and Ryan Tomlinson had 2 grabs and scored once. Truitt was nearly as effective as Henney completing 20-of-27 passes for 6 scores. Like Henney, four of Truitt's seven incompletions in the quarter were on dropped passes. Trimble had a big quarter for the Fossas with 7 catches, but did not find the endzone on any of them. Jake Hoalt started what would be a big second half with 6 catches and 4 scores. Wilson had 4 catches and 2 touchdowns and Evan Woodard had his first two catches of the game.

"We knew we had to score a lot of points in the quarter to keep pace," said receiver Patrick Cork. "But we also knew we had to get a stop at some point and we never could. It never seemed like they were in trouble on offense, even when we had them in 4th down situations. Willy was locked in with his big three receivers (Wilson, Trimble and Hoalt) and we couldn't do anything about it."

Kevin Ryan started things off quickly for the Capybaras in the fourth quarter with a length-of-the-field catch and run touchdown to cut the lead to one score again (105-98) (VIDEO), but Truitt needed just two plays to answer as Jake Hoalt scored his fifth touchdown in the past six drives to move the lead to 112-98. The Capybaras moved to ball across midfield, but Henney made one of his only mistakes of the game as he tried to force a ball to Greg Howard in the corner of the endzone on first down and Willy Truitt made a great jump on the ball and was able to deflect it and intercept it in the endzone for a back-breaking turnover.(VIDEO) "I just can't make that throw, especially on first down," reflected Henney. "But you have to give Willy credit - Greg was open for a second but he closed awfully quick and made a great play."

"As the game went on I was taking more chances, hopping more routes," said Willy Truitt. "Reg has told me that when you are playing safety, there's a point in every play that you have to make a choice. If I wasn't helping Jake with Greg, then I'd slide over and hop onto another receiver's route. It seemed to work late, as I was able to break up some passes to Tomlinson, Kevin Ryan, and then ultimately, the pick on a pass to Howard. I was pumped after that. It felt like we had won."

With a two-touchdown lead and the ball, the Fossas looked for the knockout blow and Truitt found Wilson for a touchdown on the third play of the next drive to give the Fossas the first three-score lead of the game at 119-98 with 19 minutes remaining. In desperate need for quick points, the Capybaras finally hit a deep pass as Henney completed a bomb on first down to Patrick Cork for a touchdown. (VIDEO)Although it was Cork's 14th catch of the game it was just his first score. The Capybaras were looking for some momentum and they got it on the next play as Jake Hoalt took a short pass and tried to break it for a score, but Greg Howard was able to get his hand on the ball enough to knock it loose and Kevin Ryan pounced on the fumble and the Capybaras finally had the big turnover they needed. "We were slapping at the ball every time they caught a pass," said Howard. "All it takes is one person to put the ball on the ground to turn things around."

Henney hit Patrick Cork again on the second play of the drive and suddenly the lead was down to one score again at 119-112 with 16 minutes to go. Truitt found Wilson in the endzone for a score to make it 126-112, but Henney found a diving Patrick Cork in the back of the endzone for his third consecutive touchdown of the quarter to make it 126-119. The Capybaras had what would be their final chance to tie the game on the first play of the next possession. Willy Truitt tried to force a pass to Trimble over the middle that was nearly intercepted, but Henney couldn't quite haul in the pass and the Fossas capitalized as Truitt completed three straight passes including a nice one-handed grab in the endzone by Wilson to put the Fossas up 133-119.(VIDEO) The Capybaras found themselves with a difficult 4th-and-10 on the following drive, and Henney's pass for Kevin Ryan was knocked away by safety Willy Truitt for yet another fourth down stop for the Fossas defense and another huge defensive play from Truitt. Two plays later Truitt hit Wilson for the fourth time in the quarter for a touchdown to push the lead back to three scores at 140-119 with 7 minutes to go.

Chris Cork scored from 26 yards out to cut the lead to 140-126 (VIDEO), but the Capybaras were running out of time. With just four minutes to go, Truitt hit Wilson down the sideline for what looked like it could be a long score, but Patrick Cork dove at Wilson's legs and as Wilson tried to spin off the tackle to reach the goal line he lost the ball and Chris Cork fell on the fumble in the endzone (VIDEO) and the Capybaras were still alive...barely. Henney worked quickly as he completed all three passes including a 12-yard score to Howard and once again the lead was cut to one score at 140-133 with three minutes left to play. But as he had been all day, Truitt was cool under pressure and hit on three straight passes of his own including a 16 yard score to Evan Woodard to make it 147-133. The Capybaras scrambled to the line and Henney dumped a short pass to Patrick Cork in what turned out to be the wildest play of the game. Cork was wrapped up immediately by Robert Trimble, but was able to move the ball to his left hand and throw a bouncing lateral back to Henney who scampered through the Fossas defense, breaking tackles from all five Fossas defenders for a wild 38 yard touchdown score to cut the lead to 147-140 with just two minutes left. (VIDEO) "At that point in the game, you have to get yards no matter how you can," said Patrick. "All I was hoping for was for Jeff to get a few more yards and get us closer to the endzone, but he made an amazing play to get us a score and give us one more chance to get a stop."

Once again, Truitt found open receivers on the first two plays for his 11th consecutive completion, and then found Jake Hoalt for the game-clinching score with just 10 seconds left. With the game out of reach at 154-140, the Capybaras made a quarterback change and put Ryan Tomlinson under center for the first time in his career. Tomlinson's first pass, intended for Patrick Cork, was batted away by a defender with two seconds left, and on the final play of the game, Evan Woodard illegally blitzed Tomlison who actually shook off Woodard and fired a strike to Howard for a 15 yard catch to end the game. "He had told me he had been throwing the football around with students during recess while he had been subbing," said Patrick Cork. "So I thought we'd give it a try. And I'll tell you what, Ryan Tomlinson throws a nice ball."

After a high scoring third quarter, the fourth quarter was even more high-powered as both teams scored 49 points in the final frame. The Capybaras were intercepted on one drive and stopped on downs for another. Amazingly, the Fossas should have scored 9 times in the quarter as their only two possessions that didn't result in points ended in fumbles deep in Capybara territory on plays that nearly resulted in touchdowns. Truitt had a legendary final quarter for the Fossas as he completed 20-of-24 passes, including 11 straight at one point, for 7 touchdowns. Brooks Wilson was the recipient of 9 of Truitt's completions and 4 of the touchdown passes. Jake Hoalt capped off a great second half with 6 catches and 2 scores. Robert Trimble had three grabs in the final quarter and Evan Woodard had 2 catches and a touchdown. Henney was very effective as well hitting on 16-of-23 for 6 touchdowns, but had the one interception. Patrick Cork led the way for the Capybaras with 7 catches and 3 scores in the quarter, while Greg Howard had 4 catches and a touchdown. Chris Cork had 3 catches and a score, Kevin Ryan had a catch for a touchdown and Tomlinson had a pair of catches.

Both teams had phenomenal second halves as the Fossas scored on 13 of their 15 possessions as Willy Truitt completed 40-of-51 passes for 13 touchdowns. "Anytime you can complete nearly 80% of your passes, you're going to score a lot of points," observed teammate Robert Trimble. Five of Truitt's 11 incompletions were on dropped passes. Wilson hauled in 13 passes in the second half, including six touchdowns. Hoalt had 12 catches and scored six times in the second half as well. Trimble had 10 catches in the half with no scores and Woodard had all five of his catches and his only touchdown in the second half.

Henney was impressive in the half as well completing 31-of-42 for 12 touchdowns. Patrick Cork led the Capybaras with 12 catches in the half with 3 touchdowns. Chris Cork and Greg Howard each had 7 catches with Cork scoring 4 times and Howard thee times. Ryan Tomlinson had 4 catches and a score while Kevin Ryan had a pair of catches and a touchdown in the half.

The Cork Bowl 19 MVP award was shared between Brooks Wilson and Willy Truitt. It was Wilson's first ever MVP award, and Truitt's second - with the other one also being a Co-MVP in Cork Bowl 10. Truitt set a new career best by completing 62 passes on 86 attempts. The 72% completion percentage was a single-game record, just edging Tony Cork's 71% completion percentage in Cork Bowl 14. Truitt also tied Cork's single-game touchdown mark of 22. "I didn't feel like it was my best day at QB," said Truitt. "I put up a stupid pass on a first and goal that was picked by Henney. That wasn't a veteran move. I'm glad it didn't cost us. I'm surprised that many points were posted by both teams. The game flow sure didn't feel that quick, and there weren't a lot of deep balls. Our offense seemed to operate better in a hurry up mode, so that may have contributed." Although Truitt's offensive numbers drew much of the attention, it was his defense that swayed some extra MVP votes his way. He had two big pass breakups on fourth down plays and also had the game-changing interception early in the 4th quarter. He was also integral in the double coverage scheme the Fossas ran on Greg Howard. "His defense was the reason he got my vote," commented statistician Mike Miller. "Every time the Fossas made a play on defense it seemed like Willy was a part of it." As for Wilson, he had a career day as well setting a new personal record in receptions with 22. He tied the single-game touchdown mark of 10 set by Greg Howard. Wilson's huge second half (13 catches and 6 touchdowns) helped put the game away. "I didn't think I had that many catches," recalled Wilson. "Our offense was moving the ball so well and everybody seemed very involved. I'm just glad to get a W in the book next to my name. The individual honor is just icing on the cake."

As mentioned, Willy Truitt completed 62-of-86 passes (72%) for 22 touchdowns and one interception. Wilson led all receivers with 22 catches and 10 touchdowns. Robert Trimble and Jake Hoalt joined Wilson as Truitt's go-to receivers with Trimble ending with a career-high 18 receptions with 3 touchdowns and Hoalt finishing with 17 catches and 8 touchdowns. It was a huge breakout game for Hoalt who had been known mainly as a solid defensive player and tackler in his career. His previous career high in catches was 7 and he only had 7 touchdowns in his career prior to the game. "Jake was the difference maker without a doubt," said Truitt. "I knew I could count on Brooks and Trimble to have big days, but for Jake to put up those kinds of numbers was huge. He established himself as one of the game's top players today." Evan Woodard also had a career-best 5 receptions in the game and scored a touchdown. Rookie Luke Yochum did not record a catch, but was used sparingly on offense. Amazingly, all four receivers for the Fossas set career-highs in receptions in the game. "That's a difference maker stat if you ask me," said Capybara receiver Patrick Cork. "Every single receiver on their team stepped up huge. To win a Cork Bowl you have to have one or two guys go above and beyond what you would expect, but all four of their guys did."

As for the Capybaras, Jeff Henney had a very solid debut under center completing 52-of-89 passes for 19 touchdowns and one interception. Patrick Cork led the way offensively for the Capybaras with 19 catches and scored 3 touchdowns. Greg Howard hauled in 13 passes for 7 touchdowns and Chris Cork added 12 receptions and 7 scores as well. Ryan Tomlinson, in his first game since Cork Bowl 16, had 5 receptions and a score while Kevin Ryan caught 4 passes and scored once. "On paper it looks like our offense was a lot better than it was," added Henney. "We really struggled to move the ball at certain times in the game, especially in the second quarter. Their defenders were too fast and covered too much ground. We were never really in a rhythm and couldn't execute our game plan the way we wanted to."

Defensively, Robert Trimble led all players with 12 tackles. Jake Hoalt and Evan Woodard each had 6 tackles, Brooks Wilson had 5, Luke Yochum 4 and Willy Truitt had 2 tackles and an interception. Greg Howard led the Capybaras with 11 tackles, and moved into #1 on the all-time tackle list by passing newly retired Reggie Truitt. He also had a forced fumble. Jeff Henney had 10 tackles and an interception while Chris Cork totaled 7 tackles and a fumble recovery. Patrick Cork had 6 tackles and a forced fumble, Ryan Tomlinson had 3 tackles and Kevin Ryan had 2 tackles and a fumble recovery. Although all 12 players finished the game, several players were left battered. Along with the regular bumps and bruises, Jeff Henney had a severely swollen cheek and black eye from an inadvertent elbow from Robert Trimble and Luke Yochum suffered a fractured thumb making a tackle on Patrick Cork on the second drive of the game. Yochum, however, didn't miss any time with the injured thumb.

Execution was the name of the game as the Fossas capitalized time and again both offensively and defensively. The Fossas were faced with just 5 fourth downs the entire game and converted on 4 of them (3 of them by Jake Hoalt) with the only failed 4th down play coming on the first drive of the game. The Capybaras, on the other hand, converted just 4 of 8 fourth down plays, and also wasted a scoring opportunity on the last drive of the first half. Even when they were able to get free from the defense, they couldn't hang on to the ball as they tallied 11 dropped passes in the game. "It wasn't just one person," added Patrick Cork. "I dropped one and had another one that I could have caught, Chris dropped a few, and Greg, Kevin and Tomlinson all dropped a couple as well. Everybody on our team made mistakes at some point during the game. There was no finger-pointing in the locker room because we all knew we were partly to blame."

The Fossas fourth quarter, in particular, was amazingly efficient. Willy Truitt completed 20-of-24 passes and the Fossas only had 2 third down plays the entire quarter. "It was completion-completion-touchdown every single drive," recalled Willy Truitt. "We had worn them down with the no-huddle throughout the game and were picking them apart in those final 25 minutes." If not for the two fumbles by Wilson and Hoalt, the Fossas likely would have scored 63 points. "Totally uncharacteristic for those two guys," added Truitt. "They kept coming into the huddle and apologizing, and I felt bad for them. I told them to forget it, we were still winning and they can't stop us. Just keep doing what we're doing, we're fine. That is what I was preaching. I had to stay upbeat because I know of the fight that Jeff and Patrick have in them. If we showed weakness, then it could have gotten ugly."

In only the fifth game for which yardage statistics were kept, the Fossas tallied the most total yards in history with 875 in the game. The Capybaras had the second-most yards ever with 839 total yards. The previous high was 830 yards in Cork Bowl 17. The fourth quarter was gigantic for both teams with both teams gaining more than 1/3 of their total yards in the quarter. Amazingly, both teams gained the same number of yards in the quarter (309) for a total of 618 in the quarter. Brooks Wilson had the most yards in recorded history with 308 (prior record was 303) and Patrick Cork also went over 300 yards with 301 yards. "I wish we had total yards from all the games because it would be interesting to see how many yards we gained back in the early days," said Willy Truitt.

The size advantage the Capybaras had over the Fossas was not much of a factor. "We thought we could get some one-on-one plays to Patrick or Chris but it really didn't happen," stated Capybaras head coach Brian Garrard. However, the speed factor for the Fossas was a huge advantage. "We had no answer on defense," added Garrard. "We were hoping that having Greg at safety would allow him to run around and make plays, but all it did was take away one of our fastest defenders. Looking back, we needed to move him onto Jake or Wilson and put Patrick on the other one. I think we could have at least slowed them down with Patrick, Henney and Greg guarding their big 3, but we never adjusted. I tried to get some calls in to change the plays on defense, but the Fossas were using so much no-huddle that we could never get adjusted. Jake and Wilson had 15 of their 20 catches in the fourth quarter - that just can't happen without an adjustment being made. I can't imagine the kind of trouble we would have been in if they had Williamson. We had enough trouble keeping pace the way it was. It might have been really ugly had he been able to make it. I'm so proud of the heart our team showed though. There was a time in the second quarter when we were really struggling to score and you could tell we were overmatched. But even after we fell down by three scores in the fourth quarter we never gave up. It would have been easy to mail in the final 15 minutes and go home, but our guys didn't do that, and it nearly got us back even. I'm proud of the character our team showed late in the game to never give up."

The Fossas' defensive game plan worked exceptionally well. They put the bigger, faster Trimble on Patrick Cork and then used Jake Hoalt and Willy Truitt to double-team Howard on most plays. That left Wilson on Chris Cork or Kevin Ryan and Yochum and Woodard on Tomlinson. "I thought for sure they'd put Trimble on Greg," said Henney. "I didn't think anyone else on their team could keep up with Greg, but by double-teaming him, they kept him in check most of the game. And nobody else on our team has the speed to take advantage of the empty space deep in the middle. We were forced to use check-down passes, and we dropped too many of them to make it work. The Fossas played the best cover D I have seen in my six years in the game. Every defender they had was faster than our receiver. It took all we had to move the ball on them, while they never seemed to have any problems getting scores."

Questions abound once again regarding the future of Cork Bowl. With next year marking the 20th anniversary game, some wonder if next year will be the year the league calls it quits. "Any talk of Cork Bowl ending is premature," emphasized Commissioner Patrick Cork. "We have a lot of blanks to fill in, but we have no plans on ending the game yet." One blank that will need to be filled in is Jeff Henney. Henney likely played his final Cork Bowl as he plans to move overseas later this winter. As has been the case for the past 10 years, rumors continue to swirl regarding the future of Chris Cork. Kevin Ryan has also hinted at hanging up the cleats in recent years. "When you look up at Reggie sitting on the roof with a warm coat on and a drink in his hand, it really makes you think about your future," stated Ryan. "I don't think I'm ready yet, but I'll some thinking to do this winter."

Cork Bowl 19 Game Notes:

Greg Howard moved past Reggie Truitt for first on the all-time tackles list with his 11 tackles giving him 129 for his career....Robert Trimble moved into 10th on the all-time receptions list with his 18 catches giving him 62 in his career....Patrick Cork's 3 touchdowns give him 80 for his career....Brooks Wilson's big 22-catch day moved him past Greg Howard into 3rd on the all-time receptions list with 136....Kevin Ryan passed the 100 catch mark in the game - his four catches give 102 for his career....Jeff Henney ranks sixth on the all-time passing list after his 52 completions and 19 touchdowns....Jake Hoalt's 8 touchdowns move him into a tie for 11th in all-time touchdown receptions with 15....Willy Truitt's interception on defense moved him into 4th on the all-time interception rankings with 9....Chris Cork and Greg Howard remain tied for second in career touchdowns with 64 - it was Cork's third career game with 7 touchdown receptions....Robert Trimble has recorded at least 10 tackles in five of his past six games....

RUMBLINGS FROM THE ROOF - OBSERVATIONS FROM THE CORK BOWL 19 PRESS CORPS

From Tony Cork: "Jake Hoalt was the difference in my opinion. He showed some really good speed and seemed to be in excellent shape. The Capybaras couldn't slow him down at all in the second half and Willy showed more and more confidence in him as the game went along. You knew Robert and Greg would be in good shape, but the rest of the field was far from fit. It looked like poetry in motion - really slow motion. There were a lot of guys that were gassed early. I thought Henney played very well for his first time at quarterback. It was so hard for them to get first downs because the Fossas were so much faster, but he hung in there and made some really great throws into tight coverage. It's impressive that he only had one interception considering how close the defenders were on his receivers all game. The speed of the Fossas was too much for the Capybaras - it was like night and day. I was very impressed with how well Wilson held up. He's added a few pounds over the years, but he was still moving pretty well in the fourth quarter, especially when you compared him to Chris. Those two are the same age, but it's pretty obvious that Wilson has a lot more tread left on his tires than Chris does. It was bittersweet to see Willy Truitt break my completion percentage record and tie my touchdown mark. He was really good all game though, but I don't remember throwing that many short passes when I was playing....and I'll be anxious to see if he can put up those same numbers when he's 59 years old."


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