September 17th, 2016

Colts cruise past Class 5-A Fern Creek


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Colts cruise past Class 5-A Fern Creek
DeSales' Jordan Watkins makes diving catch / photo by Mark Sims

DeSales proved it is still a force to be reckoned with.

Taking advantage of several Fern Creek miscues early the, Class 2-A Colts beat the Class 5-A Tigers 27-14 Friday night before 2,700 fans at Paul B. Cox Stadium.

"We forced turnovers, lots of turnovers," said junior Ashton Baum who picked up a fumble and returned it 45 yards that gave DeSales a 13-0 lead with 2:13 left in the first quarter.

In all DeSales forced four Fern Creek turnovers.

Joe Sims interception of a Shadmar Bryant pass on Fern Creek's first possession gave the Colts the ball at their own 30. It took DeSales seven plays to score as sophomore quarterback Aaron Pfaadt ran it in from the one with 3:03 left in the first quarter.

"We've grown up a lot," said Baum. "We've worked harder (in practice), we’re more focused. We make each other work harder.”

In the second quarter Austin Tharp returned a Fern Creek punt from his own 30 to the Tiger 33. It took the Colts four plays to score as Gilly Simpson scored on a two-yard run.

The score was set up by the second spectacular catch by freshman Jordan Watkins.

Watkins out-jumped Fern Creek's Trevon White for a 35 yard gain to the two.

"Jordan Watkins is a special, special player," DeSales coach Harold Davis said. "We knew that the first time he came out here and saw what he was doing. He's young, but he's a mature kid. He has the speed and we've gradually put him in."

Fern Creek (3-2), ranked fourth by the Associated Press took the second half kickoff driving 90 yards in just four plays. The big play was Devon Blincoe's 79-yard run to the two. On the next play Blincoe went off tackle for a two-yard touchdown run cutting the lead to 20-7 with 10:07 in the third quarter.

However, DeSales (4-1), ranked fifth in Class 2-A, came right back driving 75 yards in 14 plays as Austin Tharp's one yard run gave the Colts a 27-7 lead with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter.

DeSales tried an onside kick and the ball bounced around where Baum recovered for the third Fern Creek mistake of the game.

"We killed ourselves in the first half with mistakes," Fern Creek coach Josh Abell said. "We'd have a drive and we'd fumble a snap. We'd jump offsides. That stuff killed us. It became too much to overcome in the second half."

Fern Creek got its final touchdown driving 75 yards with Kyree Hawkins scoring on a two-yard run. The score was set up by a Bryant pass to Melvin Blakey of 69 yards.

"Our defense was flying to the ball and we were getting as many people to the ball as possible," Sims said.

"I think this win was very big for this team," Davis said. "I think for them to play at the level we played at against those guys was huge. We've improved quite a bit from Ballard week (a 25-10 loss). I thought this would be a big test for us."

Pfaadt started at quarterback for the second straight game and finished with 78 yards rushing and was 6 of 14 passing for 106 yards.

"Aaron is fast and it's kind of what our offense is,” Davis said. “Tonight you probably saw a big difference with some of the runs he made."

"I've come in as a sophomore and I've got to play a big role," Pfaadt said. "The defense gave us the ball and gave us some opportunities. We had to take advantage of those opportunities."

DeSales has next week off before hosting 6-A North Hardin in two weeks.

"This was a big statement game for us to prove, just because we're a little 2-A school doesn't mean we can't beat and compete with the big boys," said Pfaadt.

Fern Creek beat DeSales last season 14-0.

"In terms of overall team they are just as good as last year," Abel said. "I thought they were under sized for this game. They do the things they are coached to do and they do them very efficiently."


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