August 25th, 2018

Colts win in miraculous fashion again


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Colts win in miraculous fashion again
The Colts mob Antoine Johnson after his catch / photo by Ed Peak

You could say DeSales' Antione Johnson has a flair for the heroics. It was Johnson's touchdown in the final seconds of the fourth quarter that propelled the Colts to a shocking 35-34 come from behind win over host rival Butler, Friday night.

"I want to say it was luck, but I feel kind of lucky," said Johnson who last week caught a touchdown pass just before halftime in the Colts win over St. Xavier. "The only thing that was going through my mind was....big time players, make big time plays."

Butler (1-1) took a 34-21 lead with 4:15 to play on an Eric Jackson 25 yard run. However the extra point was wide right.

DeSales (2-0) took over on its own 35 and drove 65 yards in five plays with senior quarterback Aaron Pfaadt running three yards for a touchdown. Blake Givens extra point kick got the Colts within 34-28 with 2:54 to play.

Butler got the ball on its own 12 and drove to the DeSales 49 where on fourth down Cameron Perry blocked a Butler punt by Cortez Thomas. The Colts took over at the Butler 23.

"I knew we had a chance when we blocked the punt," said Johnson. "I told everybody on the sideline if we block the kick we are going to win the game."

Pfaadt connected with Darren Hollenkamp for a 10 yard pass giving the Colts a first down at the 13. On third down Pfaadt was flushed out of the pocket and was called for intentional grounding.

On fourth and 23 from the 27 Pfaadt connected with Johnson across the middle of the end zone among three Butler defenders for a touchdown to tie the game with 10.3 seconds remaining.

"I could feel their players all around me," said Johnson.

A 10 yard unsportsmanlike penalty on DeSales pushed the extra point kick to the 12. But Givens kick sailed high through the uprights for the lead.

"When I first went out there I wasn't nervous,"said Givens, a soccer player. "When we backed up, I got a little bit nervous. It feels great. The team did what we needed to do to win. We knew we could do it."

DeSales coach Harold Davis praised Pfaadt for his winning pass. "Aaron throws a great ball to give someone a chance. I guess Antione has a nose for the ball. It hit him right in the chest and he held on."

Johnson finished with three catches for 57 yards and ran 12 times for 46 yards. Johnson's 85 yard kickoff return with 8:54 in the second quarter tied the game 14-14.

Pfaadt finished eight of 19 passing for 123 yards and one touchdown. He ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

"My offensive line started giving me some time toward the end of the fourth quarter," said Pfaadt. "We put a good drive together and then the last play I threw it up and Antione went and got it. We knew we could do it. We just had to go to do it."

The first half was filled with big plays. On Butler's first offensive play senior

quarterback Chaz Burks hit Demontae Crumes with a 65 yard touchdown pass.

Pfaadt's 48 yard run tied the game.

"Those kids over there (Butler) have so much speed," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "I think we played a little on our heels the first half.

"I give our offense credit, they just kept fighting back when we got down. The defense didn't play well at all tonight. But I have to give Butler credit."

It was the fourth straight win by DeSales over Butler and their 15th straight regular season win. The Colts, a 2-A team have won six straight over 6-A teams.

"We don't back down to anybody," said Pfaadt. "We've played two of the top 10 teams in the state the last two weeks. That really shows we're not afraid of anybody. We knew we could come back and we had hope."

Davis said his team dug down deep in the fourth quarter. "No one ever gave up on that sideline," said Davis. "Everybody kind of dug in. I'm extremely happy with them."

DeSales plays rival Holy Cross (1-1) next Friday in the final game in the series at least for the foreseeable future.


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