September 17th, 2010

DeSales Falls To Seneca, Smith In OT

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer

DeSales Falls To Seneca, Smith In OT
photo by Brad Knoop

Colts' Leicht nearly leads team to win in 40-34 defeat

DeMarcus Smith, the highly touted quarterback from Seneca High School who committed to play football for the University of Louisville, launched pass after pass against DeSales Friday night.  He completed 18-of-30 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns.  He also ran for a score.  The Colts could not stop Smith, but they sure did answer him.

Smith was brilliant for the Red Hawks (4-1), but so was the DeSales duo of Garrett Leicht and Jeremy Lucas.  The two Colts carried DeSales down the field in the third quarter during a 67-yard drive that led to a six-yard touchdown run by Leicht and a 21-14 DeSales lead.  Leicht carried 20 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

In the fourth quarter, Seneca’s Smith went up into the atmosphere, airing out a 47-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Michael Fluellen and the Red Hawks regained the lead.  But the Colts special teams unit came up huge when junior Corey LeFever recovered a bad snap on a Seneca punt attempt that sailed into the end zone.  That score pushed the Colts into the lead 28-27.

A 14-yard run by Lucas capped off a 61-yard drive that put the Colts ahead 34-27, followed by a missed point after attempt.  Lucas ran strong for 79 yards on the night and one score.  But under with three minutes to go, there was plenty of time for Smith to go back to the air.  He led the Red Hawks down the field on an 81 yard drive that was highlighted by a 53 yard completion to Fluellen.  That set up a five yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jordan Bender to tie the game at 34, which was the score at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Red Hawks stopped DeSales on four downs.  On Seneca’s possession, facing a 4th and Goal, Smith found Fluellen again in the end zone for the game winning score, 40-34 the final.

DeSales coach Mark Sander said Smith is a “heck of a player.”  But Sander was more pleased with the growth he saw in his team on the night.  A squad that had to replace 23 players from last year’s state runner-up team may be earning its stripes. 

“We are improving by leaps and bounds,” Sander said after the game.  “This is a young team that frankly had a problem of lacking confidence.  I have confidence in everyone on this team and I think we needed something to build on.  We got that tonight.”

The Colts fall to 2-3 on the season but Sander believes the tough schedule his 2A team faces will help down the road for district play.  DeSales visits another Class 6A foe, Fern Creek, next week.


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