November 16th, 2019

DeSales Defeats CAL to Advance in State Tourney


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Defeats CAL to Advance in State Tourney
Colts defeat Centurions 30-7/ photo by Ed Peak

In Harold Davis' eight seasons as head football coach at DeSales the Colts have been run first, pass second. That changed Friday night as DeSales passed its way to an impressive win over visiting rival Christian Academy, 30-7, in a Class 3-A playoff game.

Junior quarterback Jayden Scroggins threw four touchdown passes, three to senior Demetri Scott and another to James Johnson as the Colts rolled up 173 yards passing.


"This was a dream," said Scroggins. "This was very sweet. They are the only team to beat us on this field. We just came ready to play. We didn't want to lose to them again."


DeSales beat Christian Academy 35-28 in double overtime on October 11. In that game the Colts led 21-0 in the first half before the Centurions rallied and forced overtime. This game was nothing like the first one.


With the game tied 7-7 in the second quarter DeSales drove 66 yards in four plays with Scroggins throwing a 17 yard touchdown pass over the middle to Scott. Blake Givens kick gave the Colts a 14-7 lead with 1:40 in the second quarter. 


CAL on its first play from scrimmage fumbled and Scott recovered. It took DeSales just four plays to score as James Johnson caught a 26 yard touchdown pass from Scroggins with 43 seconds left before halftime.


The Colts ranked third by the Associated Press led 20-7 at halftime. "We talked about that at halftime, not letting up," said Davis.


Christian Academy (7-5) and the defending Class 2-A state champions made a run in the third quarter. 


The Centurions drove from their own 45 to the Colts one where on fourth down Brandt Babin was stopped short of the goal by Alexander Gates and Darren Hollenkamp combining for the tackle.


"That was very, very big," said Davis. "We stop them there and we get a long run."


DeSales put the finishing touches on the victory as Givens kicked a 35 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Scott caught his third touchdown pass from Scroggins of 16 yards.


"The first game we kind of relaxed," said Scott. "We came out after halftime like it was 0-0. We ran the same play a couple times. We executed it and got the plays we needed."


Scott wasn't only a force on offense but on defense. Scott put pressure with a pass rush on Sabitino. Scott recovered two fumbles. "We talked this week about just playing it like another game. Not just CAL, but another team just in the way of us trying to get that goal ring."


DeSales totaled 330 yards of offense, 173 passing. Scroggins did throw two interceptions. CAL had 227 yards of offense. Sabitino was 13 of 25 with one interception by Scroggins. The Centurions had four turnovers.


"I think it might be the most complete game we've played," said Davis. "Its a rivalry game. Its always heated. We just played very, very well tonight. Everywhere."


It was the first time that Davis has beaten CAL twice in the same season. It also snapped a three game playoff losing streak to the Centurions. 


"This is a tremendous sign," said Davis. "They told me they are looking forward to tomorrows (Saturday's) practice."


James Johnson DeSales leading rusher with over 1,100 yards was held to seven carries and 26 yards. 


CAL played eight or nine players at the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Johnson had an ice pack on his shoulder following the game, but Davis said he's ok.


"We can throw the ball," said Davis. "We've got guys that can catch it."


DeSales advances to the regional and will play Bardstown (10-2) a 51-27 winner over host Elizabethtown.



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