September 13th, 2020

DeSales takes first loss of season to Lexington Christian


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales takes first loss of season to Lexington Christian
photo by Ed Peak

 If DeSales wants to contend for a Class 3-A title they will have to improve in a lot of areas after losing to Class 2-A power Lexington Christian 24-20, Saturday night. 


A limited crowd of about 800 watched as Lexington Christian never trailed in the first ever game between the two schools. 


The Colts were supposed to open with Lexington Catholic, but the Knights couldn't get enough players ready in time because of the Coronavirus.


"Honestly, we played terrible," said DeSales senior Chase O'Neil. "That team should not have been within two touchdowns. I know it's our first game. Our O-line we need help."


DeSales (0-1) grabbed a quick 6-0 lead on James Johnson's one yard run. But the Eagles junior Xavier Brown took over. Brown had a 13 yard touchdown run he caught scoring passes of 42 yards and a 54 flee flicker pass from senior quarterback Drew Nieves. 


Brown had an outstanding game running seven times for 50 yards and caught eight passes for 109 yards. "He's a special player," said Lexington Christian coach Doug Charles. "I've coached Xavier since middle school. He's got the it factor. He can play on both sides of the ball."


DeSales got its offense going late in the second quarter when Caleb Winebrenner caught a 41 yard touchdown pass from Jayden Scroggins. Scroggins two point conversion run got the Colts within seven points with 3:56 in the second quarter.

Lexington Christian added a 44 yard field goal by junior Andrew Dobbs just two seconds before halftime.


The Colts made a late run as a Nieves pass was intercepted by senior Derek Hollenkamp. On the next play Johnson ran 16 yards to the right for the touchdown with 6:22 remaining. 


The extra point was muffed and never the kick never materialized. That Colts trailed by four points.


"We made mistakes throughout the whole game," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "There are no excuses because everyone is in the same position with the Covid-19 stuff. We just made too many mistakes at the wrong time.The only thing we can do is go back to work. I think Lexington Christian is a very good team."


The Colts had one last chance taking over at its own 26 with 3:16. DeSales drove to the Lexington Christian 49. But on fourth down Scroggins, who had little time to throw all night was sacked ending any chance at a victory with 34 seconds. 


"We need to watch film, see if we need to move kids around, personnel changes," said Davis. "We didn't have a very good week of practice either. We need to practice better too."


Lexington Christian who lost last season in the playoffs to eventual 2-A champion Somerset, plays rival Lexington Catholic next Friday.


"We knew that the season came at us so fast that we'd have a lot of little things like special teams break down," said Charles. "We didn't come full pads until 12 days ago because of covid issues. This game is only going to help us as the season goes on."


Johnson, a senior running back finished with 25 carries and 120 yards and one pass reception for 25 yards. Scroggins a senior quarterback was five of 15 for 87 yards.


"He was a grown man last year," said Charles of Johnson. "He's patient and he's got as good a vision and a second burst as good as any. He's an elite player. A next level player."


DeSales travels to northern Kentucky to play Cooper (0-1) next Friday.


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