September 15th, 2018

Colts roll Tigers


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Colts roll Tigers
The Colts Antoine Johnson looks for a hole in the offensive line / photo by Ed Peak

DeSales has relied mostly on its offense early in the season. But Friday night it was the Colts defense that set the tone in a 40-14 win over host Fern Creek.

The DeSales defense returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns and forced a safety. It was the Colts 17th straight regular season victory and third straight over the Class 5-A Tigers.

Senior linebacker Amos Griffith got the Colts going intercepting an Isaiah Hester pass and returning it 27 yards for a touchdown with 7:25 left in the first quarter.

"Our offense and defense were struggling a little bit," said Griffith. "The quarterback was getting hit and he just threw it up. I just came across intercepted it and set the tone.

"Everybody was excited after that. We came out the next drive and kept it going," said Griffith.

DeSales (4-0) ranked second in Class 2-A by the Associated Press rolled after Griffith's touchdown . The Colts took over on the Fern Creek 28 after a shanked point by the Tigers. It took DeSales five plays to score as senior Aaron Pfaadt connected with Darren Hollenkamp with a 17 yard touchdown pass. Blake Givens extra point kick gave the Colts a 14-0 lead with 2:38 in the first quarter.

The Colts forced Fern Creek into another poor punt of 13 yards. DeSales took over on the Tigers 35. It took just three plays for DeSales to score as sophomore James Johnson ran seven yards for the touchdown. Givens kick gave the Colts a 21-0 with 11:48 in the second quarter.

The DeSales defense forced a safety when on fourth down from its own 10 the Fern Creek center hiked the ball out of the end zone and the Colts led 23-0 with 3:05 in the second quarter.

DeSales held the Tigers offense to a total of 14 yards and one first down in the first half. "I think we came out a little off," said Griffith. "Our coaches talked too us and that set the tone for us. Our defense did a great job. Proud of them."

Fern Creek (1-4) and a looser of four straight drove to the DeSales 14 but Hester fumbled and it was returned to the Fern Creek 37 by senior Cameron Perry. It took just four plays for the Colts to score as Johnson went up the middle for a 13 yard touchdown run and a 30-0 lead.

"We just wanted to set the intensity for the offense,"said junior linebacker Darren Hollenkamp who also played on offense. "As a team during the break (DeSales was off last week) we cleared some things up. Our pregame wasn't real intense. But we got better as the game went on."

Fern Creek got on the scoreboard as sophomore Terrance Mitchell ran 59 yards for a touchdown with 4:25 in the third quarter.

DeSales added a 25 yard field goal by Givens with 10:32 in the fourth quarter. The highlight of the night might have been a 55 yard fumble return for a touchdown by junior defensive tackle DeJaun Watkins. Givens extra point kick gave the Colts a 40-6 lead.

In all DeSales forced Fern Creek into four turnovers, three fumbles and a pass interception.

"I think we got better tonight offensively and defensively," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "I thought our special teams were pretty good as well. I think we played better. That week off we corrected some things."

Davis was happy with his teams defense. "We had two defensive scores and a safety. I think that's the best the defense has played, I'd guess. I'm sure we got better."

Things get more difficult for the Colts. Next they host Lexington Catholic (4-1) next Friday and then travel to North Hardin (4-1) in two weeks before opening district play with Christian Academy (5-0).

"Our schedule is a bear," said Davis. "You can thank our athletic director for that."



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