September 30th, 2017

DeSales crushes North Hardin

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales crushes North Hardin
The Colts prepare to take a snap in the first quarter / photo by Ed Peak

If anyone thought DeSales would have a letdown going into Friday night's game with North Hardin, there was no need to worry. The Colts rolled to a 42-0 win over the Trojans at Paul B. Cox Stadium.

DeSales (6-0), ranked No. 2 in the Class 2-A Associated Press poll, looked every bit the part as the Colts that scored five offensive first-half touchdowns and another when a North Hardin fumble was recovered in the end zone for a score. The second half was played with a running clock because of the mercy rule.

"We kind of came into the game knowing we had a good chance of winning, said junior quarterback Aaron Pfaadt. "But we knew couldn't look past this team. We're excited for next week. But we couldn't look past this game and look to next week."

The Colts were coming off a big win at Lexington Catholic last Friday. Next Friday, the Colts travel to play rival Christian Academy (5-1).

DeSales scored five of six times it had the ball in the first-half. Carlos Ordway’s 18-yard run completed a nine play 70 yard touchdown drive with 7:58 to go in the first quarter to get the route underway.

North Hardin was forced to punt on its third series and the Colts took over on the Trojans 31. On the first play, DeSales A.J. O'Shea went off left tackle for 31 yards and a touchdown with 3:25 remaining in the opening quarter.

North Hardin (2-5), a loser in four of their last five was forced to punt again. It took the Colts five plays to go 57 yards as Jordan Watkins scored on a one yard run over the left side with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter.

"I knew some guys were kind of excited about next week and really didn't want to play this game," said Pfaadt. "I knew in the end we would get the win."

DeSales went on its longest drive of the game driving 73 yards in 10 plays as Chase Pfaadt scored on a two yard touchdown run. Noah Herbert's extra point kick gave DeSales a 28-0 lead with 8:16 left in the second quarter.

DeSales got the ball right back as Omari Milligan recovered the kickoff at the North Hardin 32. It took four plays to score another touchdown as Larontay Standard caught a 15 yard pass from Pfaadt with 6:59 in remaining in the second quarter.

"The offensive line did a really good job and my receivers were getting open making my job a little easier," said Pfaadt. "We just had some fun out there."

The DeSales defense got in on the scoring when sophomore Demetrius Scott recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown with 5:36 left in the second quarter.

Aaron Pfaadt completed10 of 14 passes for 177 yards and ran the ball three times for 37 yards.

"We came out thinking about next week," said Ordway. "Coach Davis told us you got to focus one game at a time. One play at a time. That's what we did."

Ordway finished with 10 carries for 66 yards and one caught one pass for 15 yards.

DeSales finished with 350 yards of total offense.

"We were looking to get out quick and fast," said Ordway. "We played to the best of our abilities and everybody was clicking on every cylinder. The offensive line blocked their butts off."

Defensively. it was the Colts second shutout this season. North Hardin had just 50 yards of offense and five first downs.

"I think we played pretty good today," said Scott, a sophomore defensive end. "We stayed together as a unit, as a team. We made a lot of mistakes and we have a lot of things to go over and get better."

"All week, I think we'd been trying to keep them focused and not looking ahead,” Davis said. “We went to Lexington Catholic and got a big win down there then this game in the middle of it before CAL.

"Honestly we stayed on them a little harder this week just to make sure to keep reminding them to stay focused and only being concerned with getting better. Don't look ahead or look back."

Now DeSales can turn its attention to CAL, a team that won Class 2-A last season and knocked the Colts out of the playoffs.

"We talk about our offense. We did have a lot of kids with speed," said Davis. “Aaron has got a whole lot better throwing the ball. It all starts up front and those guys and they are getting a little bit better each week and I think it's starting to show a little bit more."

Davis is happy that has team has won its first six games, but he doesn't want them to relax.

"We have done very well," said Davis. "But we've got a lot of room to improve. If we do that we can be a really, really good team offensively and defensively."

 

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