October 30th, 2016

NDA, St. Edward advance to 8-A Toy Bowl

Staff Report

NDA, St. Edward advance to 8-A Toy Bowl
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By: Jim Brinkman

Notre Dame and St. Edward secured spots in the 8-A Toy Bowl with wins Sunday afternoon at St. Martha.

Notre Dame 30, Central Catholic 6

Notre Dame defeated Central Catholic 30-6 Sunday night in an 8-A CSAA semifinal game at St. Martha.

Ethan Hodge scored 3 touchdowns in the second half to propel the Saints into a showdown against St Edward next Sunday.

It will be a rematch as Notre Dame lost to St. Edward earlier this season 22-21 as the Saints missed a crucial extra point in the regular season game.

Lex Thompson, the starting running back for Notre Dame, got the Saints off to a fast start with five carries for 62 yards going in from 32 yards out at the 5:29 mark of the 1st quarter. Luke Brutscher added the extra point to make it 8-0.

Thompson carried on the first play of the second possession for 14 more yards before leaving with a shoulder injury the rest of the game. Thompson ended up with six carries for 74 yards and 1 touchdown. The Notre Dame defense stopped the Central Catholic offense cold with only giving up 19 total yards on one first down the entire first half.

Central Catholic took the second half kickoff and drove the length of the field before stalling out at the seven yard line by turning the ball over on downs. Notre Dame wasted no time at all with Hodge taking the first play from scrimmage 63 yards to make it 16-0 after the Brutscher PAT.

Central Catholic generated their only points when Roman White returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to cut the deficit to 16-6 after the PAT was blocked.

The Central Catholic faithful started to seize the momentum after a three and out but fumbled on the next drive recovered by Chad Geraghty of Notre Dame to close out the third quarter.

Hodge carried the majority of the time for the offense gaining 100 yards on 13 carries for two touchdowns replacing the injured Thompson. Hodge also picked off another touchdown on a 36 yard interception return to seal the game at the 3:06 mark of the fourth quarter.

Notre Dame coach Danny Bickel, who moved up with this team this year from coaching them at the sixth grade level last year, was impressed with his team’s effort after the injury. “We lost our running back and these guys- they gave their all. As to the rematch, Coach Bickel previewed the rematch. “They ( St Edward) are an awesome team. We have our work cut out for us the next week.” 

St. Edward 48, St. Patrick 20

It is a good thing that it was the last day of the season at St Martha field as the scoreboard lights got a workout as the St Edward Braves defeated St Patrick 48-20 in an 8-A semifinal game.

The Braves advanced to play Notre Dame Academy next Sunday in the Toy Bowl. It will be a rematch as the two teams played earlier this season with St Edwards prevailing 22-21 for the Saints only loss.

Quarterback Bradley West got the Braves started quickly returning the opening kickoff to the St Patrick 10-yard line. Landon Simpson went in three plays later from 3 yards out just a minute and a half into the game to put the Braves up 8-0 after the West PAT.

St Patrick responded just two plays later on a halfback pass from Aiden McKinley to Nick Huntebrinker for a 44 yard completion and touchdown. The PAT was blocked keeping the 8-6 lead for St Edward.

After Landon Simpson went in from the 2 to make it 16-0 (West PAT) then Jacob Conrad blocked a St Patrick punt from the end zone and Hunter Searcy fell on the ball for a 22-6 lead in the first quarter.

St Edward then went on an 8-play 55 yard drive with West scoring from three yards out to stretch the lead to 28-6.

St Edward got the ball back with 17.6 seconds remaining and West hooked up with Hunterbrinker again on a 43 yard TD reception to make it 36-6 at halftime.

St Patrick got touchdown passes from Jack Dingle to Jack Marsh for an 8-yard score to start the second half and another to Jackson Poma on a 5-yard throw in the fourth quarter.

But, St Patrick couldn’t keep up with the high scoring Braves as St Edward  tacked on a 36 yard bomb to Ryan Wiseman in the third quarter and West got into the touchdown club by scampering two yards to create a running clock situation in the fourth quarter.  

St Edward Coach Tim Bohn, gave a lot of the credit to his quarterback and kicker, Bradley West, who ended up completed all six of his passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 27 yards on six carries and a touchdown. “He could just line up and be a running back but he does everything for us.”  


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