In athletics, there are “these video games.” Video games when it appears a person can do no mistaken.
In basketball, shooters discover themselves, “within the zone.” On the diamond, pitchers “get in a groove” and hitters are “locked in.”
Soccer is popularly known as “the final word workforce sport,” and rightfully so. Nonetheless, people have these occasions, as effectively, when every thing simply appears to click on, leading to 200 yard dashing and receiving performances, 300 yard passing totals, 20 sort out efforts or 3-Four interceptions.
A number of Cardinals had simply such an evening September 29, 1972, in one of the vital thrilling soccer video games ever contested on the Albion athletic subject.
It was an aerial present to rival the famed Blue Angels, as seniors Dave Rosenbaum and Jeff Bolin sparked a 39-28 victory over Jim Pillen and Columbus Lakeview. Few followers in attendance will ever overlook that fall fireworks show.
It was, really, bombs away!
To set the stage a bit, Albion was contemporary off an 8-1 season and 1971 Central 10 Convention championship, having rallied to nip Class C #1 David Metropolis and future Husker star Bob Martin 28-24 within the title sport.
The Cardinals, underneath coach John Cookson, entered the ‘72 marketing campaign with very excessive hopes, returning standouts akin to quarterback Rosenbaum, receiver Bolin and star halfback Gordie Foster.
A few of that confidence had been shattered, nevertheless, when Foster suffered a grotesque season-ending leg harm within the opener at Hartington. Nonetheless, this was a robust Cardinal squad with a 2-1 report, going through the fourth of 5 straight undefeated opponents to open the season.
Lakeview was a reasonably new faculty at the moment and introduced one in all its finest groups to Albion. The undefeated Vikings have been searching for a fourth straight win, led by All-State QB/LB Jim Pillen, who would later be a two-time All-Large Eight defensive again and 2004 inductee into the Nebraska Soccer Corridor of Fame. It was, in actual fact, Pillen who recovered the well-known Billy Sims fumble on the three-yard line to protect Nebraska’s 17-14 upset of #1 Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium in 1978.
What ensued that fall night in Northeast Nebraska can solely be referred to as a, “highschool basic,” an instance of why followers congregate in anticipation on Friday nights across the state.
Name it floor thunder vs. air lightning. It was some spectacle!
Albion obtained the opening kickoff and instantly bolted 10 performs for the sport’s first landing. Rosenbaum accomplished 5 passes on the drive to arrange a brief landing run by robust 175-pound senior Denny Austin, who was ably filling in for Foster. Kris Mortensen added the PAT kick for a 7-Zero Cardinal lead.
Not lengthy after, Lakeview star Doug Zoucha blocked an Albion punt on the eight-yard line and ran it in to the tip zone. Dean Rupp’s PAT knotted the rating.
With 1:21 remaining within the first quarter, Pillen accomplished a 67-yard move, then ran 10 yards to present Lakeview its first lead (14-7 following the PAT). Albion struck again with a 40-yard landing move from Rosenbaum to Bolin, however a two-point conversion strive was stopped and the Cardinals trailed 14-13 at halftime.
“When you have the satisfaction and want to win this ball sport, you are able to do it,” Albion Coach John Cookson quietly and firmly knowledgeable his trailing soccer workforce at halftime, the Albion Information reported.
Albion gamers actually had that satisfaction and want. Cardinal – and Viking – followers had little thought of the thrill-a-minute motion forward, nevertheless.
Albion once more struck first, as Rosenbaum and Bolin attached for a 35-yard landing. Only a minute later, Lakeview capped a 65-yard drive with a Zoucha landing run and regained the sting, 21-19.
Again got here the Cardinals. Bolin returned the kickoff to the Viking 47-yard line, and on the primary play from scrimmage, Rosenbaum fired a scoring move to Greg Werner. A profitable two-point conversion gave the hosts a 27-21 lead.
Early within the fourth interval, Zoucha burst 4 yards for an additional Viking TD, and Rupp’s PAT made it 28-27.
“However as soon as once more the Cardinal’s passing sport took command, and Albion made the rating 33-28 with a Rosenbaum to Bolin throw for six factors,” wrote Don Hook of the Columbus Telegram. Albion’s two-point conversion try was foiled.
Lakeview bolted again behind Pillen and Zoucha, driving to the Cardinal 25 earlier than dropping its second fumble of the competition. “Albion resumed management with its passing workforce and added one other six factors, which put the cap on the sport,” Hook reported.
In any case that, the groups had mixed for 1,211 whole yards whereas scoring the 67 factors. Albion totaled a staggering 712 yards, passing for 465 and dashing for 247. Lakeview countered with 366 yards on the bottom and 499 whole, however suffered the one two turnovers of the competition.
Rosenbaum had a profession night time, finishing 19-of-30 passes for 465 yards and 5 touchdowns. Bolin was on the receiving finish of 13 completions, gaining 329 yards and scoring thrice. The duo was awarded “Participant(s) of the Week” honors by the Omaha World-Herald for his or her sterling performances.
“It was a terrific offensive soccer sport, with Albion’s passing offsetting Lakeview’s operating. Each groups confirmed nice energy of their offense,” Cookson commented to the Information. “Dave (Rosenbaum) had a incredible night time, finishing 63 % of his aerials. All of the receivers carried out magnificently, with Jeff Bolin doing the excellent job with 13 receptions.
“The offensive line did an impressive job blocking for the passer. Dennis Austin and Terry Clark deserve nice credit score for his or her backfield blocking.” Cookson additionally singled out Kim Smith, Bruce Karges and Mortensen for his or her jobs as receivers.
“Lakeview was very robust up entrance and had an enormous, robust succesful backfield. In the course of the second half, because the rating reveals, our protection did job of controlling them,” Cookson added.
Actually a workforce victory, however one with particular person highlights for the ages, as effectively.
Albion would compile a 6-Three report in opposition to a frightening schedule, profitable the Central 10 West Division. The Cardinals bolted to a 28-6 lead over undefeated Seward within the convention championship sport earlier than the Bluejays rallied with 21 straight fourth-quarter factors and a 29-28 victory.
That was Albion’s 1972 soccer season. A gritty, profitable marketing campaign, a heartbreaking conclusion – and a highschool thriller actually qualifying as one of many Most Memorable Cardinal Video games ever!
— to albionnewsonline.com