October 29th, 2016

Simpson, DeSales smother Southern


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Simpson, DeSales smother Southern
DeSales senior running back Gilly Simpson (No. 5) scored four touchdowns in the Colts 41-0 win over Southern / photo: Crystal Schiess

Gilly Simpson had no idea this was coming, an offensive explosion by him and his DeSales teammates.

Simpson scored four touchdowns and the Colts scored on six of its eight offensive possessions rolling past Southern 41-0 at Paul B. Cox Stadium Friday night. It was the final regular season game for both teams as DeSales (8-2) was on top of its game in readying for next week’s Class 2-A playoffs.

"I've had a three touchdown game, but no, not a four touchdown game," said Simpson who had scoring runs of one, 10, five and 14 yards. He finished with 92 yards on 12 carries.

Simpson, one of 16 Colts seniors, entered the game with one touchdown this season. There was a reason. On July 16 Simpson broke his collarbone playing in a seven-on-seven game. He didn't see his first playing time until September 16, a win over Fern Creek.

"Honestly, tonight it was just another game. It just happened. I don't know how," said Simpson.

Southern (4-6) didn't know what hit them either.

By halftime, DeSales led 27-0. James Tobin's nine yard touchdown run got the scoring started. Simpson had two touchdown runs in the second quarter and sophomore Aaron Pfaadt's 12 yard pass to Mitch Sirohman staked the Colts to a four touchdown lead.

Simpson had 53 yards on 11 carries at halftime.

"I thought it was just a stinger," said Simpson of the injury. "I had surgery during the next two days. When I saw the X-ray, I'm not going to lie. I cried. You can call me a baby or what.

"It was my senior year it was my last year of putting on this uniform," said Simpson. "Honestly, I didn't know if I'd ever play again. But he said (the doctor) it would be six to eight weeks and you can get back out there."

Simpson adds to DeSales' running attack that has developed some depth. Senior Mitch Sirohman had 62 yards, Austin Tharp 38 and James Tobin 20. The Colts rushed for 283 yards.

"We struggled a few games (offensively) and the coaches worked so hard the last three weeks or so fine tuning a lot of things,” Davis said. “I'm very happy for the offensive coaches. They've listened to me get on them. The kids responded. I'm very pleased with the offense tonight. It took Gilly a while to get there. That is a big weapon for us.”

While the offense was rolling up and down the field, DeSales' defense was solid again. Southern was held to three first downs.

"That's not a bad team over there," said Davis.  "Our defense has kept us in some games all year and they did tonight. They've played well. Everybody wants a shutout. We've had several kids that have come in and played that hadn't played that much.

"I think we've made some mistakes, but I think we've improved. We just have to keep doing that. The second season is starting now," said Davis.

It was the sixth shutout this season and third in a row. DeSales will host Monroe County (4-6) next Friday has outscored its last three opponents 129-0.

"As seniors we are trying to lead this team and be at the peak of our ability going into the playoffs," said defensive back Joe Sims. "It means a lot getting the shutout. We communicate a lot and we are always on the same page. We use our speed and fly to the ball, all 11 guys. We are a smart defense and just execute very well."

Southern, who plays at Dixie Heights in the Class 5-A playoffs, would agree with that. 


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