October 7th, 2017

Colts beat CAL to win the Brothers in Faith trophy

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Colts beat CAL to win the Brothers in Faith trophy
The Colts with the Brothers in Faith trophy / photo by Mark Sims

Sophomore Demetri Scott and his DeSales teammates wanted to make a statement. And they did. The Colts beat host rival Christian Academy 21-3 Friday night before a standing room only crowd.

"This makes a statement about our team that we are good this year," said Scott who caught a touchdown pass and forced a fumble on defense. "This was a big win for us."

DeSales (7-0), ranked No. 2 in Class 2-A by the Associated Press, beat the Centurions in the regular season for the first time since 2010.

The Colts wasted little time scoring on its opening drive, going 70 yards in four plays. Sophomore Jordan Watkins took a handoff from quarterback Aaron Pfaadt and sprinted 58 yards down the right side line.

Watkins veered to his right, shook a would be tackler at the CAL 40, and scored. Noah Herbert's extra point kick gave DeSales a 7-0 lead.

"He gave a little hesitation move and he's so fast and got by that first guy no one was going to catch him," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "He's that type of guy. We've got a bunch of guys that can score when they touch the ball."

CAL (5-2), ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, took advantage of an interception Elijah Smith interception at the Colts 40 returning it to the seven. But DeSales' defense held the Centurions to a Chanse Lanham field goal of 24 yards with 7:21 to play in the second quarter.

"Defensively we did well, we practiced hard all week," said Scott. "We felt what we did tonight was really impressive in the way we were able hold Milton Wright. We knew we had to contain him."

DeSales led 7-3 at halftime and forced CAL to punt on the opening drive of the third quarter. The Colts drove 55 yards in nine plays as Pfaadt hit Scott with a 13 yard touchdown pass with 5:08 to go in the third quarter. Scott leaped and made a one handed grab of Pfaadt's pass for a 14-3 lead.

"They put me in the game to run a route," said Scott. "I felt like I was going to score. I wasn't sure it was going to be a one handed catch but I caught the ball."

CAL played without starting junior quarterback Austin Carr, who was suspended, made a move to get back in the game. Junior Milton Wright lofted a deep pass from his own 42 intended for Luke Leeper at the Colts 20. DeSales senior Jared Coffman jumped in front of Leeper and intercepted the pass with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter a short punt by DeSales gave the Centurions the ball at the DeSales 47. But on third down, Scott forced Wright to fumble, and the ball popped into the hands of the Colts Chase Pfaadt who took it to the CAL four. On fourth down and goal at the one, Aaron Pfaadt went up the middle for the touchdown. Herbert's kick gave the Colts an 18 point lead.

Aaron Pfaadt finished with 12 carries for 48 yards while Chase Pfaadt had 10 carries for 70 yards.

"This was really a big game for us," said Aaron Pfaadt. "The offensive line really stepped up in the second half. They gave us some good blocks to help us move the ball down field.

"We knew coming into this game we had to come in here and win this game if we wanted to win a district championship. It's really big for us, it really means a lot," said Davis. "I'm proud of both are defense and our offense. We challenged them (the offense) a little bit at halftime. Their defense (CAL's) is very good and they were being more aggressive than our offense was. That all changed after halftime. The execution... and we matched their intensity."

The DeSales defense held Wright in check for the most part. Wright finished with 13 yards in 14 carries and was 6 of 14 through the air for 56 yards with an interception.

"The main thing was to contain him and make him run sideways and not let him get down field," said Davis. "If he gets any momentum, he's so fast and so good he's gone. Our guys up front played really well."

The win gives DeSales the inside track on winning the District title for the first time since 2010, the last time the Colts beat CAL in the regular season.

"For us, now if we go by years past we'll play them again," said Davis. "This is a big deal for us. If we take care of Washington County and Shawnee we will have met our first goal of winning a district championship."

 

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