Saturday, October 19, 2013

Crusaders close C8 play with a victory

 from today's Waukesha Freeman -
CMH 16
Wauk. West 14
Kocour’s play vital for Crusaders
Taylor scores winning TD

By Daniel Mike, Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Alec Kocour did the heavy lifting, and Zack Taylor finished the job.

Kocour, the 6-foot-1, 192pound senior, took care of the dirty work and Taylor, the 6-2, 288-pound sophomore, was the finisher.

Kocour’s presence was felt both offensively and defensively, and his play was vital to the Catholic Memorial High School football team’s 16-14 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha West on Friday.

Taylor scored the winning touchdown as the defensive lineman picked off a would be screen pass and rumbled 20 yards into the end zone late in the fourth quarter.

“The defense ran it well, I just read it well and got the pick,” Taylor said of his touchdown, which came one play after a CMH defensive back dropped what looked to be a touchdown. “I was confused a little bit, because I usually don’t touch the ball. I was excited at the same time, too.”
While Taylor scored the game-winner, Kocour’s play was felt all over the field. Kocour began the season with a leg injury and slowly has been worked more into the playbook.

“You can see Kocour’s getting back more and more, and that’s awfully important
for us,” CMH coach Bill Young said. “My offensive coordinator (Bob Hall) has been doing a great job moving Kocour around the field, which is huge.”

Kocour was a vital part in CMH holding West to 246 yards – 64 coming on a late touchdown run. He made several key tackles to shut down West’s rushing attack in the first half, and his coverage skills helped stop West’s late passing attempts.

“It was a hard day with two head-strong defenses, both playing a lot of people on the line of scrimmage,” Kocour said.

Kocour ran 10 times for 46 yards and caught a 19-yard pass, and he gained two of his toughest yards in the third quarter. Facing a fourth-and-goal situation on West’s 2-yard line. Kocour took the ball off tackle and was met by a host of West defenders. His legs kept churning, and he burrowed his way into the end zone that gave CMH a 9-7 lead with 2:17 left in the third.

“I knew it was fourth down ... and we really needed that one,” Kocour said. “I just hit it and kept on going. You had to fight for your yards and get every one you can.”

CMH opened the game with a 63-yard drive that ended with a 24-yard field goal from junior Zach Fridl.

But West junior Dyson
Chmura returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards, and senior Elijah Fort scored on a 4-yard run three plays later to give the Wolverines a 7-3 lead with 3:25 left in the first.

That’s where it stood until Kocour’s touchdown in the third that put CMH up 9-7. West senior Drew Rhodes – last year’s starting quarterback who has been used at receiver this season – took over on a late fourth-quarter drive and hit Chmura for a 31yard pass and followed with a 64-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 16-14 with 1:10 remaining. CMH recovered West’s onside kick attempt.

“I thought it was a poor effort by our whole team, and that starts with the head coach,” West coach Steve Rux said. “That’s my fault. We didn’t have a great week of practice. Whenever you play against a great football team, a returning state champion football team, you’ve got to be ready to play them.

“We didn’t give our best effort tonight, and we better next week if we want to extend our season.”

CMH held Fort to 69 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. He has 22 TDs this year.

“They’re an outstanding
team, I can’t say enough about Fort, but we had a great week of work and we kept them in check,” Young said. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game and it would come down to the fourth quarter.”

Senior Cam Krausert ran 11 times for a team-high 76 yards, and he completed eight passes for 75 yards. His 62-yard run in the third quarter helped set up Kocour’s score. Tommy Garza added 52 yards rushing and John Clark 35 as the Crusaders rushed for 209.

The Crusaders improved to 8-1 overall and finished second in the Classic 8 at 6-1. West is 7-2 overall and third at 5-2.
Senior Alec Kocour make the break for a run.
Senior Thomas Rosecky and teammates break up the pass play.
Junior Zach Fridl prepare for a kick off to hold the lead.
Kocour joins the reach for West's off pass.
Off the field, Chandler North joins the pre-Halloween festivities in the student section.
Sophomore Zach Tayler rests after his pick 6 touchdown run.
Sophomore Matthew Lechner reacts late in the game when victory is secured.
Asst. Coach (and principal) Dr. Bob Hall talks the team after a great win.
Photos courtesy of jeff zmania


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