November 3rd, 2018

DeSales runs past Newport

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales runs past Newport
The Colts / photo by Ed Peak

DeSales got back to looking like its old self Friday night. The third ranked Colts rolled to a 49-6 win over Newport behind Antione Johnson's three touchdowns and a solid effort from its defense.

With its offense scoring all seven times it had the ball in the first half, DeSales (10-1) advances to play Newport Central Catholic (5-6) at Newport, next Friday. NCC rolled past Shawnee 50-0.

DeSales led 21-0 after the first quarter limiting Newport to a minus 37 yards on 10 carries while the Colts had 13 plays for 110 yards. It got worse for Newport as they trailed 42-6 at halftime. Because of the mercy rule the second half was played with  a running clock.

"We haven't played as well as we should the last four games," said Johnson. "We basically had a chip on our shoulder to try and prove to everybody that we can go back to like the first six weeks."

DeSales won their first six games, but had played sluggishly since their loss to Christian Academy on October 5.

Johnson, a junior running back scored on touchdown runs of 16, 19 and 3 yards. Johnson had nine carries for 80 yards and caught two passes for 23 yards. He left the game in the the third quarter after catching a 20 yard pass from Aaron Pfaddt with an injury. But Johnson said he will be good to go next week. "I'm ok, I'm fine."

Darren Hollenkamp got the scoring started for DeSales catching a four yard td pass from Pfaadt.

In all Pfaadt ran for a touchdown and passed for two otters. He was nine of 14 for 112 yards.  Savion Stivers had a 14 yard td catch and sophomore James Johnson a 47 yard run for the only score of the second half. DeSales rolled up 408 yards of offense and never punted. James Johnson had 84 yards.

"It's a team effort,"said Antione Johnson. "Everybody came out ready to play. The offensive line did what they did. With out them I couldn't score."

While the offense was flying up and down the field, the defense limited the Wildcats to 97 total yards. The only score was Tyler Porter's 70 yard catch and run with a pass from Glaunte Jackson in the second quarter.

Twice in the first quarter the Newport punter had poor punts and the DeSales offense had short fields. The defense had nine sacks in the game. Amos Griffith had sacks totaling 28 yards, Demetri Scott 2 1/2 sacks for 17 yards in loses while Mekhi Lewis had 3 1/2 sacks for 12 yards.

"It was our last game on this field this year and we just wanted to come out with a bang," said Lewis, a junior linebacker. "We just want to win five games "

Asked what the different was Friday compared to the previous weeks. "We were playing for the seniors. We have a real good bond with our seniors. We played for each other. The whole team. We're like brothers."

DeSales coach Harold Davis echoed what his players said. "We talked about that after Southern. We got up 14-0 and we kind of relaxed. We're not going to relax. Defensively we played well. The offense played well.

"We won the way we were supposed to win. We looked a little bit like we were supposed look."

It will take more games like Friday's if DeSales wants to win a state title.

 

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