October 19th, 2019

DeSales Rolls Past Western Hills into the District Championship


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Rolls Past Western Hills into the District Championship
DeSales defeats Western Hills 48-13/ photo by Ed Peak

For those who feared a let down by DeSales you can relax. The Colts rolled to a big halftime lead in a 48-13 win over visiting Western Hills, Friday night. The victory sets up next weeks showdown for the district championship at Mercer County.

"Coach (Harold) Davis told us to come in like it's any other team," said junior James Johnson. "It's a district game. We didn't really over look them. We didn't treat them like they were better than us. We treated them like we were the big dogs."


Johnson scored two touchdowns and ran for 103 yards as the DeSales rolled to a 41-6 halftime lead.


"We all work together, we all know what we need to do," said Johnson. "Our practices are smooth. "We are all working as one. Everybody on that line does a good job of blocking for me."


DeSales (6-2, 3-0) ranked third in Class 3-A by the Associated Press scored three touchdowns in a span of just over five minutes of the first quarter. Quarterback Jayden Scroggins threw two touchdown passes, six and 42 yards, to senior Demetri Scott. 


Antione Johnson had a five yard touchdown run with four seconds in the opening quarter.


In the second quarter James Johnson had touchdown runs of 21 and 55 yards while Demarcus Avery caught a 45 yard scoring pass from Scroggins. The mercy rule with a running clock went into affect when the Colts took a 41-0 lead with 7:32 in the quarter.


While the offense was rolling the defense did its share in stopping the Wolverines. In the first half Western Hills was held to 30 yards of total offense, minus-25 rushing and 55 passing and four first downs.


"Our d-line is the best in the state," said junior linebacker Chase O'Neal who had an interception. "We bring a lot of pressure on the quarterback. They (Western Hills) couldn't run the ball so they had to throw the ball."


Scroggins scored on a three yard touchdown run in the third quarter that completed the Colts scoring. Scroggins finished four of 11 passing for 97 yards and 39 yards running the ball in three carries. 


"We just wanted to take it one week at a time, one game at a time," said O'Neal. "Just worry about this game and now worry about Mercer County, then Meade County then the playoffs. You never know anything can happen."


DeSales wasn't about to have a slip up before its big game at Mercer County (7-1, 3-0)


"I think this team is a little different than last year," said Davis. "They kind of understand. We talked about all of that respecting Western Hills or whoever we're getting ready to play. We went out and did what we're supposed to do and that's played pretty well."


Western Hills (3-5, 1-4) scored just before halftime when Jason Rogers caught a three yard touchdown pass from Dylan Engler. Rogers threw a 27 yard touchdown pass to DJ Outlaw in the fourth quarter.


"You can't get behind on these guys," said Western Hills coach Don Miller. "It was 21-0 real quick. They are physical up front on both sides of the ball. They've got a nice fullback. A nice tailback that can run."

Western Hills lost to Mercer County 44-6 on October 4. Miller wouldn't pick a winner for next weeks showdown. "You look at just like any game, it's won in the trenches. Mercer County has a good line. 


DeSales has a good line. Their O-line is able to move people. I think that's going to be a big thing."

DeSales will take a five game winning streak to Harrodsburg next Friday. Are the Colts playing their best football?


"Our offense, we've got a lot athletes and our line is doing better," said Davis. "We've got a lot of weapons on offense. I think we're really close and I think the kids know that maybe we're really close to maybe something special."


No let downs this week. A win next week would be something special. A district championship.



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