November 10th, 2018

Colts beat NewCath in overtime

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Colts beat NewCath in overtime
Harold Davis speaks to his DeSales squad before the game / photo by Ed Peak

 

Talk about living on the edge. After trailing most of the game and late in the fourth quarter. DeSales rallied for a 21-14 overtime win over Newport Central Catholic, on a cold windy night at Newport High in the Class 2-A playoffs.

DeSales (11-1) ranked third in the final Associated Press poll, earned a rematch with rival and No. 2 Christian Academy (12-0) a winner over Erlanger Lloyd 39-0, next Friday in the regional finals.

The Colts had the ball first in overtime. Senior quarterback Aaron Pfaadt threw a touchdown pass to sophomore Jayden Scroggins on third down. Junior Blake Givens kicked the extra point.

Newport Central Catholic (5-7) had four downs from the 10. The Thorobreds got to the three where on fourth down the DeSales defense stopped a run play ending the game. Coach Harold Davis reached by telephone said his defense was solid all night helping carry his team.

"Our defense played exceptionally well, except for two long passes," said Davis. "The offense couldn't get anything going in the first half. "The defense kept us in it and the offense started clicking on the second half."

Davis praised Demetri Scott, Amos Griffith, Alexander Gates and Darren Hollenkamp on the defense stopping the final play.

"Darren played really well for us both on defense and offense," said Davis. "He's a tough kid. He's really playing well now that he's healthy."

Pfaadt just about did it all for DeSales scoring twice on runs and passing what proved to be the winning touchdown. Pfaadt was eight of 18 passing with an interception for 156 yards. He also ran 12 times for 34 yards and punted five times averaging over 40 yards. He had one punt of 76 yards.

"He played (Pfaadt) really well. He's always poised, never anxious," said Davis. "He had some really good throws."

Anytime you travel and go on the road you can never take things for granted.

DeSales was poised to win the game at the end of regulation, but after a NCC timeout, the Thorobreds blocked a Givens field goal attempt.

NCC took a 14-7 lead on a 55 yard touchdown pass with 4:29 in the third quarter.

Pfaadt's second touchdown run and Givens kick tied the game 14-14 with around seven minutes to play.

"We hung in there to the end like early in the year and found a way to win even if not playing well," said Davis.

The Thoroughbreds took a 7-0 lead when Hunter Cain ran four yards for a touchdown with 4:36 in the second quarter. The score was setup when on fourth and 21 Paul Kremer connected with Aubrey Posey for 32 yards.

It was a defensive game in the first half as the Colts had two first downs and a total of 109 yards of offense. On the other hand the Thoroughbreds had four first downs and a total of 40 yards of offense.

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It will be the eighth straight season the Centurions and Colts have met in the playoffs. CAL beat DeSales 21-10 during the regular season on October 5.

"Obviously, they one of the top teams in 2-A and I the state,"said Davis. "It's always a tough game. We've got our work cut out for us. They'll be favored."

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Pfaadt, a senior quarterback was selected to play in the Best of the Bluegrass All-Star game, Sunday, December 9, at Elizabethtown High. Pfaadt will play for Louisville against a team made up of players from the state. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Atherton's Kenny Walker will coach Louisville. Central had the most Louisville All-Stars with three as a total of 42 players were selected.

 

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