November 17th, 2018

Christian Academy defeats DeSales 34-7 to advance to the semifinals

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Christian Academy defeats DeSales 34-7 to advance to the semifinals
DeSales team following game/ photo by Ed Peak

For the second straight season Christian Academy ended the Colts season in the regional championship game, Friday night. Milton Wright and the Centurions were just too much for DeSales as they rolled to a 34-7 win.

Wright, a senior Mr. Everything, offense, defense, special teams, committed to Purdue last week, scored four touchdowns in leading the Associated Press' second ranked team. Wright had touchdown runs of 53 and 51 yards. He also caught two scoring passes from Anthony Sabatino of 66 and 19 yards.

"What can you saw about him," said CAL coach Stefan LeFors. "He made a bunch of big plays for us and we need him to do that and he did."

Wright finished with six catches for 202-yards and had five carries for 107-yards rushing. It was Wright's final game on his home field and it inspired him."I wanted to go out in a big way," said Wright."I was trying to have the best game of my life."

It didn't take long for Wright and the Centurions to get going. On its second possession Wright went 53-yards around the right side. At about the DeSales 45 he broke clear running into the end zone. The extra point kick by Loyd Games was blocked, but CAL led 6-0 with 7:21 in the first quarter.

DeSales (11-2) both losses coming to CAL including 21-10 in the regular season, had its best drive of the game going 58-yards in 12 plays as senior quarterback Aaron Pfaadt's eight-yard run around left tackle and Blake Givens extra point kick gave the Colts a 7-6 lead.

But the play of the game came just before halftime. After the Colts Lance Weiter intercepted a Sabatino pass at the Colts 43. CAL got the ball right back as Pfaadt's pass was intercepted by Justin Howes at the DeSales 35 with 32 seconds.

It took the Centurions four plays to score as Sabitino connected with Nate Clark for a 15-yard touchdown and Games extra point kick gave CAL a 13-7 halftime lead.

"That got us," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "We should have never thrown the ball. We should have run it out and took the lead into halftime. We shouldn't have let them score. We had a total mix-up on defense. Obviously, he was wide open."

CAL (13-0) advances to play at Somerset, a 35-31 winner over Lexington Christian, in the 2-A semifinals next Friday, put the game away in the third quarter. Wright caught a pass from Sabatino at around the Colts 22 and he went untouched for a 66 yard touchdown with 6:48 left in the third.

Wright pushed the Centurions lead to 27-7 when he made a leaping grab of a Sabatino pass for a 19-yard touchdown with no time left in the third quarter.

A 51 yard run by Wright in the fourth quarter with 6:08 finished the scoring.

Sabitino completed 11 of 20 passes for 214-yards with two interceptions.

"DeSales made us earn it," said LeFors. "Justin Howes made a great play. That was huge. We felt we could do some things to get in field goal range. We got the ball inside the 15 and they were misaligned and credit our quarterback for seeing that. We had a play over here for Milton. He (Sabitino) did a great job of surveying the field and hitting the open man. That was huge."

The CAL defense toughened more in the second half allowing just one first down and forcing DeSales into six punts.

"We couldn't really get anything going" said Pfaadt who was three of 16 for 31 yards. "We drove it down their throats on that one drive. But we just couldn't get it back."

DeSales and Davis will be glad to see Wright, a four year starter graduate. "He's a great player," said Davis. "At times we could have been more aggressive with him. You go up against a guy like that you’re going to play on your heels a little bit. If you double cover him they spread you and there's not a lot you can do there."

LeFlors said he was waiting for Wright to have a stellar game. "We've been waiting for him to have a break out game like this. He's had some good games this year. But nothing like this where he explodes. We just wanted Sabitino to get the ball to him and give him a chance."

Davis told his team he was proud of their efforts this season and they had a lot of good victories. The Colts lose some key seniors but return a good nucleus to work with.

"We should have sat on the ball before halftime, but that's on me," said Davis.

You couldn't blame anyone for the loss. Except too much Milton Wright.

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Davis, in his seventh season as head coach, was voted as Class 2-A District 4 Coach of the Year. The Colts were runner-up to CAL in the district. Davis, the all-time winningest coach at DeSales has an overall record of 81-16 including 22-5 in the playoffs and two state championships.

This season DeSales has wins over Class 6-A teams St. Xavier, Butler, North Hardin and 5-A teams Southern and Fern Creek.

 

 

 

 

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