October 26th, 2019

Geraghty Leads Cougars Past Campbellsville

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Geraghty Leads Cougars Past Campbellsville
Cougars defeats Campbellsville 28-12/ photo by Jeff Woods

Holy Cross needed a massive performance in a massive district tilt with Campbellsville.


The Cougars delivered.


In a game that carried massive playoff implications, the Cougars wore down the third-ranked Eagles 28-12 Friday night, earning the inside track toward the top seed in Class A, District 2.


“Our kids came ready to play,” said Holy Cross head coach Bob Bronger. “They were very focused tonight. (Campbellsville) has been scoring tons of points, and our defense cranked up and did a good job. Offensively, I thought we did really well also except for, I think, five holding penalties.”


A loss Friday night would have sent Holy Cross on the road for the first round of the playoffs. With the victory, the Cougars could end up hosting the first two rounds.


“They’re a really good football team and well-coached,” said Holy Cross quarterback Chaz Geraghty. “All week we kept preaching that when we get our chance, we have to take advantage of those chances. That’s a good football team. I hope we see them again in the district championship. Hopefully, we go out next week and beat Walton-Verona and get the home-field advantage.”


With district play now complete, the Cougars are in a three-way tie with Campbellsville and Bethlehem. The results of next week’s games will help determine the three-way tiebreaker, making Holy Cross’ season finale against Walton-Verona a must-watch.


“It’s huge. It’s more than huge,” said Bronger. “We need those points, or tonight was just a nice victory.”


Trailing 6-5 in the third quarter, Geraghty took over for the Cougars. Picking up chunks of yards, Geraghty capped an eight-play, 66-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run to put Holy Cross in the lead 12-6. Geraghty accounted for 56 rushing yards on the drive.


“At halftime, I told coach to keep going with the QB Iso,” said Geraghty. “I told him to put the ball in my hands, and I’ll help the team come out on top. I just wanted the ball in my hands, and it showed. I got what I could, and we ended up driving down the field. But all my credit goes to my offensive lineman. It’s one of the best offensive lines in Class A football. I can’t do anything without them.”


The Cougars extended their lead early in the fourth quarter when Geraghty hit a short completion to senior Casey Bronger, who sprung free thanks to a great block downfield and sprinted 49 yards for the score and an 18-6 lead.


The Eagles answered on their next possession. Quarterback Arren Hash threw a 15-yard touchdown strike to Reggie Thomas to pull back within six with 7:46 to play. Holy Cross responded right back, as Larry Key booted his second field goal of the night to make it a two-possession game at 21-12.


Campbellsville’s hopes for a comeback ended when Hash was intercepted by Geraghty inside the Eagles’ red zone. Luke Davis put an exclamation point on the night with a 64-yard touchdown run while running out the clock.


Davis finished with 22 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown.


Defensively, the Cougars held Campbellsville to just six rushing yards and 28 passing yards in the first half. They also forced three Eagles turnovers.


“We were very physical tonight,” said Bronger. “We had tackles for loss all over the field. It just seemed like they were always 2nd and 12 or 3rd and 15. It just seemed like the whole night they were way behind the chains. And it wasn’t because of penalties. It was because of our play.”


“This one should give us a lot of confidence, but 24-hour rule,” said Geraghty. “We have to celebrate this victory, but then go back to work, watch film on Walton-Verona, and get ready for the playoffs,” said Geraghty.”


Holy Cross (7-2) hosts Walton-Verona next Friday at 7:30 p.m. while Campbellsville (6-3) travels to KCD.


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