October 5th, 2019

DeSales Gets a Big Road Win over Paducah Tilghman


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Gets a Big Road Win over Paducah Tilghman
Colts Defeat Blue Tornadoes 49-14/ photo by Ed Peak

PADUCAH, Ky. -- It was worth a three and a half hour bus ride Friday for the DeSales football team.

The Colts exploded in the second quarter for 21 points and continued its assault in the second half of a 49-14 victory over host Paducah Tilghman. James Johnson and Antione Johnson had two touchdowns each and the DeSales defense put a hold on a strong Blue Tornado running attack.


"You could tell on the bus ride down here their focus was a little different," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "They were as focused as they've been all year. They did everything we asked of them as coaches."


James Johnson finished with 118 yards rushing on 13 carries while Antione Johnson added 46 yards on six carries. The Colts had 234 rushing yards and 163 passing. Quarterbacks, Jayden Scorggins was three of seven for 46 yards while DeMarcus Avery was three for three for 117 yards and three touchdowns.

"Our offensive and defensive lines both pretty much dominated," said Davis.


The Blue Tornado (5-2) ranked sixth in the latest Associated Press Class AAA poll had its three game winning streak broken. The Blue Tornado actually scored first as Camdon Marshall connected with John George on a 58 touchdown pass and Shelby Nickal's extra point kick with gave Tilghman a 7-0 lead with 10:58.


After that it's was all DeSales (4-2) ranked fifth by the AP. Antione Johnson caught a 14 yard touchdown pass from Avery and Blake Givens extra point kick tied the game 7-7 with 5:38 in the first quarter.

In a 21 point second quarter James Johnson had a three yard touchdown run, Antione Johnson a 13 td run and Demetrius Scott caught a 54 yard scoring pass from Avery. Givens kicked all three extra points for a 28-7 halftime lead.


The Colts put the finishing touches on its victory in the third quarter when Derek Hollenkamp intercepted a Marshall pass and returned it to the Tilghman three yard line. On the next play Jayden Scroggins scored the td with 6:41 and Givens kick gave DeSales a 35-7 lead.


DeSales continued to roll as James Johnson scored on a 64 yard touchdown run and 

Avery's two point run put the Colts up 43-7 and a running clock because of the mercy rule. Darren Hollenkamp added a four yard td run for a 49-7 lead.


"It's hard to pick (an outstanding player) because so many played well," said Davis. "If I had to pick, James Johnson with his running and on defense and Demetri Scott made some phenomenal catches and played great defense,"said Davis.    


Tilghman came into the game averaging 43.1 points and 283 yards rushing. The Colts defense held the Blue Tornado to 31 rushing yards. Damian Ford was held to 33 yards on 17 carries. Marshall was six of 11 for 101 yards passing and both touchdowns.


"I told them for two weeks we need to make a statement," said Davis. "This is your statement game. They had speed but overall we had more quickness."


DeSales goes into its rivalry game at Christian Academy (4-3) next Friday at 7:30 p.m. having won three straight. Christian Academy beat Henry County 49-7, Friday.


"They'll be ready to play us," said Davis. "I can assure you of that. It doesn't matter what their record is."

They'll only have to take a short bus ride next Friday.


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