November 23rd, 2019

DeSales Advances to State Semifinals

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Advances to State Semifinals
DeSales advances to semifinals with a win over Bardstown/ photo by Ed Peak

DeSales could have panicked. Instead they exploded. The Colts rolled to a 41-7 win over visiting Bardstown in the Class 3-A Regional championship on a cold, Friday night.

 

Trailing by a touchdown and with starting quarterback junior Jayden Scroggins sidelined with a second quarter injury, DeSales righted itself behind backup senior Demarcus Avery.

 

Bardstown led 7-0 in the second quarter before Avery scored on 37 yard touchdown run after replacing the injured Scroggins. Avery helped lead the Colts to five touchdowns and into next weeks semifinals.

DeSales (10-3) won its fifth regional title in eight seasons and will host Belfry (9-3) a 41-7 winner over Ashland Blazer next Friday.

 

"I just wanted to come in and get the W," said Avery. "My sophomore year,  I lost the regional championship. It was my fault. I wanted to win it for the guys, for my teammates."

 

The game seemed to swing in the Colts favor when Avery connected with Antione Johnson for a 56 yard touchdown pass giving the Colts a 14-7 lead. Standing at around his own 40, Avery heaved a pass that Johnson caught in the end zone by his finger tips.

 

"I told coach lets run a seem because they weren't defending it too much," said Antione Johnson. "I honestly, I didn't think I'd get to it. I thought it was under thrown. Then I sped up and caught it by my knees."

 

Late in the second quarter a bad snap on a punt by Bardstown helped give DeSales the ball at the Tigers 24. It took four plays with Avery throwing a 10 yard touchdown pass to Demerti Scott and a 21-7 halftime lead.

 

James Johnson scored on runs of seven in the third quarter and 29 yards in the fourth quarter. Avery finished the scoring with a 22 yard touchdown run with 2:50 to play.

 

James Johnson had 142 in 19 carries while Avery had 12 carries for 112 yards. He was three of four passing for 92 yards. As a team DeSales finished with 353 total yards.

 

"Very proud of Demarcus," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "Really, really proud of him. To go into that game and he didn't have a lot of practice at that position. He did a really, really good job. He's a threat. They (Bardstown) probably didn't prepare for that."

 

Bardstown (10-3) came into the game averaging over 43 points per game. Last week the Tigers scored 51 in a victory over Elizabethtown. Early in the game Bardstown used quick screen passes. Their man target was Tereylin Colbert who entered the game with 993 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Colbert had six catches for 43 yards.

 

Another Tigers threat was LaDarion Montgomery who had 1,150 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Montgomery had nine carries for 14 yards.

 

"I thought our defensive backs played very, very well," said Davis. "I know a lot of people say things about our defensive backs. It's tough when you put them out there on an island."

 

Davis had particular praise for senior Lance Weiter. "Lance played great. He's a very coachable kid. A smart football player. He's small but he's physical."

 

DeSales will be practicing on Thanksgiving Day. Something Antione Johnson never thought about.

"I'm happy," said Johnson. "I never thought I'd want to be at DeSales on Thanksgiving."


 

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