October 8th, 2010

Keen Scores Four As Holy Cross Rolls 62-0

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer


Keen Scores Four As Holy Cross Rolls 62-0
Photo by Brad Knoop

Cougars crush Caverna, eye district title next week 

Holy Cross roared to 8-0 behind another dominating defensive performance and another incredible display of offensive firepower.  Junior runningback Jesse Keen surpassed 800 rushing yards for the season and boosted his touchdown total by scoring four times, three of them in the first half, against an outmatched Caverna team.

Less than two minutes into the game, Keen raced for a 31-yard touchdown.  Less than three minutes later, Jarrett Clark received a punt and danced around several Caverna defenders, racing 40 yards to the six yard line.  The next play was another Keen touchdown and the Cougars were in control on Senior Night at Alumni Field.

Following a third Keen touchdown, senior runningback Dominique Malone got in on the act.  A one yard push to open the second quarter put the Cougars ahead 28-0.  Malone scored again before the end of the half.

Keen added his fourth score with eight minutes to go in the third quarter, a 19-yard dash.  But Keen and Malone had friends at their Friday night end zone party.  Senior Herb Schum had bugged Coach Mike Fletcher all week about wanting to carry the football in the red zone.  He got his wish and a seven-yard first half touchdown.  Sophomore Jordan Willenborg carried for a two yard score and another sophomore, Aaron Drury, got the final score of the night.

Keen generally gets all the media attention, but fellow runningback Dominique Malone is fine with that.  He loves practicing with Keen and believes this Holy Cross team is blessed with balance, speed and power.  “Jesse is a power runner.  Me and Greg Johnson are speed runners.  You have power and speed, you have domination,” Malone said.

Malone even praised the Cougar linemen.  “They’re fast!  Those guys clear the way for us on offense.  And on defense, man, do you see what they do?” Malone exclaims.  “They get there to that quarterback fast!” 

The win sets up a showdown for the district championship next week at Kentucky Country Day (6-2).  The Bearcats beat Bethlehem Friday night to join Holy Cross at 2-0 in Class 1A, Region 1, District 2.  “We took another step toward the district title tonight,” coach Mike Fletcher said.  “We want home field in the playoffs, so we have to prepare and try and take that final step next week.  But I like where we are.  We want to have a great running game, and to do that you need a great offensive line.  We’ve got both.”

The Cougars are 8-0 for the first time since 2003, when they went 12-0 before falling in the regional championship game.  They are the only remaining unbeaten high school football team in Jefferson County.

 

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