Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Adding the story to the previous pics ... Friday night football

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

CLASSIC 8 FOOTBALL

CMH 35
Waukesha North 7

Substitute QB comes through
Crusaders only unbeaten team left in Classic 8
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – With senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni nursing a sore ankle on the sidelines, the Catholic Memorial High School football team’s offense was certainly not firing on all cylinders Friday. However, there to pick up most of the slack was the defense and special teams. So while Memorial finished with its fewest total yards from scrimmage all season, the Crusaders forced four Waukesha North turnovers and also returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown in rolling to a 35-7 Classic 8 Conference victory at Carroll University.

The Crusaders remained the only unbeaten team in the Classic 8 at 3-0 in conference and 5-0 overall. North fell to 0-3 in league play and 1-4 overall. “Overall I was impressed with the kids and just glad we got out of here relatively healthy,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “I’m proud of what we did tonight, although it did look a little lethargic at times. “Then again, it’s kind of hard when you have three days to take a linebacker who’s never taken any reps and put him at quarterback.”

The linebacker-turned-quarterback was junior Charlie Walsh, who had played some running back a year ago as a sophomore. With Walsh running the show, the CMH offense had a certain “Wildcat” look to it. Walsh rushed 18 times for 75 yards, while Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski had 17 carries for a gamehigh 82 yards. Then there was senior running back Broc Kocour, who only touched the ball seven times, but certainly made his limited opportunities count.

After North fumbled the ball away at its own 23 on the game’s first play from scrimmage, Kocour scored the game’s first points five plays later when he took an option pitch to the right from Walsh and went in for a 4-yard touchdown run just 2:13 into the contest. A little more than three minutes later and just two plays after a Northstars punt, Kocour took a toss to the right from Walsh and ran wild through the North defense for an electrifying 56-yard touchdown run. On the play, Kocour appeared to be stopped several times only to break a tackle or fake out a North defender with one juke move or another.

“Pete’s always busting it in there, so the defense isn’t always looking for some of our other playmakers and that’s how you get those big gains,” Kocour said. With Memorial still leading by that same 14-0 margin at halftime, Kocour saved his best effort for last – taking the second-half kickoff at his own 1 and racing up the middle 99 yards for a touchdown. “That was just huge,” Young said. “He’s a track kid and can definitely run. “He’s a real big weapon for us.”

Kocour finished with five carries for 64 yards, one reception for nine yards and with his return finished with 172 all-purpose yards. North matched Memorial’s 14 first downs and had 245 total yards to Memorial’s 250. However, a lost fumble and an interception in each half doomed the Northstars. “We stressed to the kids all week that we can’t beat ourselves,” North coach Scott Jazdzewski said. “If we don’t commit the turnovers, we’ll be right in the game. “Well, we fumbled on the first play and then later fumbled inside our own 5. You get rid of those things, it’s definitely a much closer game.”

North’s lone touchdown came on a 1-yard keeper by junior quarterback James Blackburn with 9:36 to play in the third quarter. The score, which cut Memorial’s lead to 21-7 at the time, was set up by a 72-yard completion from Blackburn to junior running back C.J. Blackburn.

However, the Northstars fumbled the ball away on their next series at their own 4 and Karczewski made them play just one play later with a 4-yard touchdown run. Karczewski added a 5-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to cap a 13-play, 68-yard scoring drive.

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