November 2nd, 2019

Holy Cross rolls past Walton-Verona on Senior Night

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


Holy Cross rolls past Walton-Verona on Senior Night
Holy Cross gains top seed in District play/ photo by Dalton Pence

In Bob Bronger’s last regular season game as the head coach of Holy Cross, the Cougars rolled to a 41-21 victory over Walton-Verona on Friday night. His team poured it on in the first half and never looked back. “They’re (Walton-Verona) a really good football team”, he explained. “For us to play as well as we did tonight and come out like we did, it showed that we’re very good as well.”

Quarterback Chaz Geraghty put on a total offensive clinic; the junior signal caller had two touchdown runs in the first quarter alone. Just before the half ended, he found Graham Carnes for a 38 yard touchdown, giving the Cougars a commanding 28-0 lead. “We got the ball first and ended up scoring, stopping them, and then scoring again”, Geraghty said. “Their heads were down so we continued executing and kept delivering the blow and answering anything they came back with.”

 

The duo struck again in the third quarter, this time from 30 yards out on a catch-and-run down the sideline.

 

However, the Bearcats did not go away quietly; a 4 yard touchdown run by Peyton Smith and a six yard touchdown pass from Travis Brauer to Josh Walton cut the lead to 20 in the fourth quarter, but a late interception by Nathan Siegrist put an end to the threat.

 

Geraghty finished with 111 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while completing six of 13 attempts for two more scores. “I had a lot of confidence this week off of a big win against Campbellsville”, he explained. “We prepped all week and saw things that we could do, and they worked when they came out here tonight.”

 

Carnes led all receivers with 100 yards on four receptions and two touchdowns. Running back Luke Davis paced the Cougar ground game with 13 carries for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

 

Holy Cross finishes the regular season at 8-2 and will host the first round of the playoffs next week against Fort Knox. “We knew that if we had won this game that we would have secured the top seed for district play”, Geraghty said. “All week that’s what we wanted to do; we played hard for coach Bronger in his last regular season home game. We have a lot of momentum and confidence heading into the playoffs.”

 

“It’s huge to be the number one team in your district”, Bronger added. “That guarantees the possibility to have two home games in the playoffs. Fort Knox is very young, but we are going to have to get cranked up again because it’s hard to beat a team twice in one season (Cougars defeated the Eagles 54-6 on October 18th).”

 

Walton-Verona falls to 6-4 and will host Gallatin County next Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

 

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