Monday, September 13, 2010

CMH FB wins conference opener

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

Interceptions help CMH
Walsh plays important role
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WALES – As a backup sophomore running back last season, Charlie Walsh wasn’t involved much in his team’s passing offense a year ago. However, as a starting senior linebacker this season, Walsh was very involved in his opponents’ passing game on Friday. Returning an interception for a touchdown on Kettle Moraine’s first series of the game and then intercepting a Lasers pass at his own 13 to kill a drive on the opening series of the second half, Walsh helped the Catholic Memorial High School football team get its Classic 8 Conference season off to an impressive start with a 36-14 victory.

Memorial, 3-0 overall, has outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 126-21. Despite coming into the season with only three returning starters, Memorial’s first-team defense also has allowed just one touchdown thus far. “Yeah, we only had three starters coming back, but we had a lot of other kids who played quite a bit,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “These kids have really stepped up to play.”

Kettle Moraine, 1-2, finished with 14 first downs and 264 yards of total offense, but Memorial negated most of those numbers by intercepting Lasers quarterback Kyle Kita four times, turning three of those into touchdowns or touchdown drives. “At times, I thought we played very well, but you just can’t turn it over four times against a quality team like that,” Kettle Moraine coach Mike Fink said.

No turnover was any bigger than Walsh’s interception and 52-yard return for a touchdown on the Lasers’ third play from scrimmage. Kita rolled to his right and under pressure from Memorial senior defensive tackle Connor Sauer, forced a throw in the flat that Walsh stepped in front of and took all the way back. “I just read the quarterback’s eyes,” Walsh said. “We also watched a lot of film on them.” Senior defensive back Jerry Boll had a key interception late in the second half, leaping high into the air at the KM 32 to pull down an errant Kita pass. Seven plays later, Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski delivered a 4-yard touchdown run on with just eight seconds remaining in the first half on what was a gutsy draw play because the Crusaders were out of timeouts.

Trailing 22-7 at the half, Kettle Moraine came out throwing at the start of third quarter and had marched 59 yards in just eight plays when Walsh intercepted Kita at the Memorial 13 and returned that pick 24 yards to his own 37. “A lot of people might have been questioning our defense, but I think we’ve been stepping up real big,” Walsh said.


Some pics from under the Friday night lights, compliments of Melissa Dentici.

Coaches Bob Hall and Bill Young

Senior, Broc Kocur

Theme night -- 1980's workout videos

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