November 10th, 2017

Colts advance with win over Washington County

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Colts advance with win over Washington County
The Colts and Washington County prepare for kickoff / photo by Ed Peak

You could say DeSales high is peaking at the right time. The Colts easily dispatched of Washington County 54-0, Friday night, at Paul B. Cox Stadium, in the second round of the Class 2-A Russell Athletics/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

"That's the idea. Get better each week," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "The key, I guess is to be completely perfect. That never happens. I think we have improved. We've just got to keep it rolling."

DeSales (12-0), ranked No. 2 in Class 2-A by the Associated Press, advances to play rival Christian Academy (10-2) in the quarterfinals.

Consider these facts about the Colts.

The Colts defense earned its second straight shutout and sixth of the season. Since allowing 26 points at Lexington Catholic, DeSales has given up nine points.

Last night the defense limited Washington County to four first downs and 105 total yards.

The offense more than carried its share of the load. It was the fifth straight game the Colts have scored 41 or more points.

DeSales led 6-0 after the first quarter then the flood gates opened. In the second quarter the Colts exploded for 34 points and led 40-0 at halftime. Therefore because of the mercy rule, the game clock didn't stop.

"It seems like we can stick around with them for a little bit," said Washington County coach Eric Sagrecy, whose team lost to the Colts 42-0 on October 13. "We get tired and they take advantage of any mistake you make. They tend to ware on us as the game goes along."

After not scoring on its first drive, DeSales scored on its next six possessions. The Colts rolled up 298 yards of offense in the first half and six different players scored touchdowns. That's with backup quarterback Antoine Johnson, who started for the second straight week because usual starter, Aaron Pfaadt, is nursing a shoulder injury.

Johnson carried the ball three times for 21 yards and was 6 of 8 passing for 93 yards. He threw for two scores and ran for another.

"Last week it was the first game as a starter. Jitters," said Johnson. "Today, I felt comfortable."

Davis said Johnson can play running back, receiver or defensively at outside linebacker.

"He's been improving each week," said Davis. "We feel very comfortable with him in there. What I like about him, he makes quick decisions when he's going to be passing or running the ball. That's always a plus."

Chase Pfaadt, who finished with 46 yards on nine carries scored twice on runs of 10 and one yard. Carlos Ordway had a 25 yard scoring run and Jared Coffman made an acrobatic catch of a pass from Johnson of 29 yards for a touchdown.

Sophomore Jordan Watkins returned a punt 44 yards for a score. Watkins fielded the ball near the left side line, sprinted to the right and scored. Watkins had 11 carries for 90 yards.

Larontay Standard and Derek Hollenkamp also had touchdown runs. A total of eight players carried the ball, six for 21 or more yards.

The defense was stout as usual with its sixth shutout of the season.

"We have all the tools we need for our defense," said senior Jared Coffman who had an interception. "If we keep playing the way we have good things will happen."

DeSales now focuses on rival CAL, a team it beat 21-3 on Oct. 6.

In each of Davis' first four seasons, the Colts lost the regular season game, only to win the playoff game. Last season CAL won twice and went on to win its first state championship.

"They are a very good team," said Davis. "It will be very, very tough. They've got their kids back."

"Looking forward to CAL," said Coffman. "We'll prepare for them just the way we do for any other teams."

A good time to be at your best.

Notes

DeSales and Washington County have played in each of the last seven seasons. The Colts have won all eight games by a combined (350-16). DeSales has won 10 straight overall versus the Commanders.

The Colts host rival Christian Academy next Friday. DeSales and the Centurions have played in each of the last 13 seasons. DeSales holds a (11-8) edge in the series that began in 2005.

DeSales won the first six games in the series before CAL won both games in 2011. Since that season the two teams have played each other twice. The two teams have split in four seasons. CAL swept the series twice including last season.

Coach Harold Davis has a 5-6 record versus CAL winning the playoff game after losing during regular season four times.

 

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