Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bigger Crusaders overpower Shirts

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 56
Wauk. South 14


South suffers first lossBy Christine Hibbs, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA—It was no surprise that coach Bill Young’s three-headed monster made an appearance Friday night.

With Catholic Memorial High School’s senior tandem of Alec Kocour and John Clark and junior Tommy Garza scoring the first three touchdowns, the Catholic Memorial High School football team rebounded from its 12-0 loss last week against Arrowhead with a 56-14 domination of Waukesha South at Carroll University on Friday.

  Memorial improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Classic 8 Conference, while Waukesha South suffered its first loss of the season and is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Classic 8.

“Offensively, we got off to a great start,” Young said. “Our offensive line did a terrific job, and the three-headed monster of Kocour, Tommy Garza and Johnny Clark did a great job. We were bigger and thought we could run the ball effectively, and we were really able to do a great job with that.

“Dave Rusch and the
Blackshirts have done a wonderful job, and they earned all the hype that they got.”

Kocour, Clark and Garza combined for 327 of Catholic Memorial’s 378 rushing yards, with Clark scoring
first on a 4-yard run at 6:08 in the first quarter.

After Waukesha South failed on fourth-and-inches,
CMH needed only five plays to go 29 yards with Kocour scoring on a 1-yard run.

“We decided that if we want to bump off a big team, we have to take risks and take chances. That’s why we decided to do that,” Rusch said. “They got the quick score on us, and in the last four weeks, that was something we weren’t used to. We’re in the tough part of our schedule now, and we have to beat one of the big guys (to make the playoffs), and this was one of them. We have two more that we have to get.

“We still have a confident, hungry team, but (CMH) just outplayed us.”

The Crusaders made it 200 with Garza bulling his way through and stretching across the goal line for an 8yard touchdown run two minutes into the second quarter.

“Our game plan was just to come in and pound the ball,” Garza said. “We had a rough week last week, and we just really wanted to come out here and dominate from the beginning.

“We have trust in our line, and we knew we were going to come out and pound the ball from the beginning.”

Garza led the Crusaders with 156 yards on the ground.

The Blackshirts managed to break up the Crusaders’ scoring with junior quarterback Cannon Cooley finding junior Jordan Yatchak open for an 18yard touchdown pass.

Waukesha South had 228 offensive yards, 146 of them passing yards.

Kocour responded with a 62-yard touchdown run, and Garza ran for the two point conversion.

Owning a 28-7 halftime lead, CMH continued its two touchdowns per quarter trend in the second half, the first a 23-yard run by Garza and the second a 45-yard run by Clark.

“At about halftime, we made a few changes, went a little wider on some runs, and finally it sprang and
we got that long touchdown,” Clark said. “Our plan (coming into the game) was to play a little more safe, hammer the ball at them a little more and wear them down.”

Trailing 35-7, the Blackshirts
got a pick-me-up with Cooley finding junior Mikal Merriweather open for a 43-yard touchdown reception.

But Memorial got two more touchdowns in the final quarter, with senior
Ty Schmitt scoring on a 1yard run and senior Jared Norgal scoring on a 36-yard run.

“Even after halftime, we wanted to keep on pounding away and chipping away,” Garza said.

Photo Credits: Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Top - Catholic Memorial senior quarterback Cam Krausert scrambles to evade Waukesha South junior defensive lineman Jordan Zudyk during a game at Carroll University on Friday. 

 Bottom - Catholic Memorial junior running back Tommy Garza stretches to score a touchdown with Waukesha South junior linebacker Ulises Reyes on his back Friday at Carroll University. 

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