October 23rd, 2010

Colts Send Seniors Out With 50-6 Win

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Colts Send Seniors Out With 50-6 Win
photo by Chris Jung

DeSales wins fourth district title in four years

A fourth district football championship in four years was the perfect way for 13 DeSales High School seniors to celebrate their careers on a night devoted completely to them.

And had it not been for one down of broken coverage and an 80-yard touchdown pass play from Carroll County, it literally would have been a perfect night for the Colts.

Behind a monster first half on the ground and two first-quarter touchdowns from senior running back Jeremy Lucas, and an all-senior defensive unit causing a fumble in the fourth quarter, DeSales sent its seniors off in style on Friday night with a 50-6 win over the Carroll County Panthers at duPont Manual Stadium.

Lucas, who was playing without his partner in crime - fellow senior running back Garrit Leicht, who was out due to a tendon injury - was dominant on both sides of the ball for Head Coach Mark Sander's team, and set the tone for the evening.

Lucas' first TD run of the night came on the opening series of the game, and was set up by a pair of long runs (43 and 28 yards) from quarterback Jared Nauert. The second TD for Lucas (an 11-yard run) came with 7:47 to go in the first quarter, and put the Colts ahead 13-0. Senior Clay Welsh also got in on the act early in the game, as the wide receiver/defensive back picked up a punt that was blocked by Jordan Bramer, and ran it in from 11 yards out for a touchdown and a commanding 20-0 DeSales lead.

Three minutes into the second quarter, Welsh struck again and tackled Carroll County's Tyshawn Embs in his own endzone for a DeSales safety and a 22-0 runaway lead. An 18-yard run to the goaline by Lucas set up a one-yard touchdown run by Matt Chea and extended the deficit to 29-0 with 7:53 before halftime.

Following the halftime ceremony that honored the 13 DeSales senior football players, as well as senior team manager Calvin Hall, Sander told his team that all the seniors would take the field during a defensive series and then leave the field together one last time. What Sander did not anticipate, however, is that the all-senior group would force a fumble on their very first play in the game, which did not allow the players to leave to the ovation that was intended.

But following a DeSales offensive turnover, Sander sent his seniors back on to the field, and this time a timeout stopped the game and even allowed injured seniors Leicht and Nathan Greenwell to join their fellow seniors for one last moment.

Nathan Roush proceeded to take over at quarterback for Nauert, but the Colts weren't done scoring. Junior running back Corey LaFever took a Roush handoff and rumbled 37 yards for another DeSales touchdown and a 43-0 lead. A 37-yard touchdown pass from Roush to freshman Connor Shipley ignited the Colts sideline once more and allowed the Colts to hit the half century mark, 50-0, for the first time this season. Coming into the game, the Panthers had only allowed 50 or more points once all season.

The DeSales shutout was broken up with 6:09 to go in the game. Despite a running "mercy clock," Carroll County's Trent Downs launched an 80-yard touchdown pass to Brody Newby. The point after attempt was no good, which led to the eventual final score of 50-6. The Colts also got a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown in the game from junior sophomore Nick Wheatley.

The district champ Colts close out its regular season next week against a two-win Southern team and will look to repeat its 2009 run to the Class 2A state championship game, as playoffs begin in two weeks.


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