PREP FOOTBALL - DeSales outruns Panthers, garners 70-30 victory

DeSales takes advantage of nine Asotin turnovers, but suffers some miscues itself, in the Southeast 2B-11 victory.

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WALLA WALLA - How about 100 points, 15 fumbles and two interceptions? That's what you got at Ty Baffney Field here Friday in Southeast 2B football action.

DeSales outscored Asotin, 70-30.

En route, the Irish forced and took advantage of nine Panther turnovers, while turning the ball over twice themselves. DeSales forced 10 Panther fumbles - and recovered seven - and grabbed two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

The Irish fumbled five times and lost two.

DeSales ran up 464 yards of total offense, and scored 10 TDs in improving its SE2-B record to 2-1.

"It was a very interesting game," Irish coach Pat Graham said. "Lots of points and a lot of turnovers. We got up on them at halftime, 35-8, and our kids came out a little bit flat after halftime. Sometimes, you look at the scoreboard and let down a little bit. Asotin kept battling and playing hard, and we matched them point-for-point in the second half. I would've liked to see us play a little bit harder in some of those spurts in the second half."

Asotin's first punt of the game was muffed by the Irish, and the Panthers' Clay DeBord recovered at the Irish 20.

It was to be one of those nights for the Panthers. After a first down at the DeSales' 8, Kyle Lindgren forced a fumble and Luke Fazzari fell on it for the Irish.

DeSales went 88 yards in nine plays with Jeremiah Cox hitting Nick Wales on a 5-yard scoring pass for a 7-0 Irish lead.

The Panthers answered behind an 80-yard kickoff return from Dillon Glover. Johnathon Miller took it in from the 1 and ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-7 Panther lead with 4:18 left in the first quarter.

Lindgren piled in from the 1 - his first of five rushing TDs - following a 58-yard kick off return by Joe Duehn, to cap a 36-yard Irish march. Arturo Martinez, who replaced an injured Vic Mata, converted the first of nine consecutive successful PATs as DeSales took a 14-8 lead with 2:14 to play in the first.

DeSales recovered three Panther fumbles and scored three times - Cox-to-Tommy Gregg for 29 yards, and two 1-yard plunges from Lindgren - in the second period to go to intermission up 35-8.

"We knew they were going to be physical," Gregg said. "We thought if we executed everything we could come out on top."

Forty-three points went on the board in the third period. The Panthers struck on a 27-yard pass from Ben Servatius to Glover to cut the Irish lead to 35-14 with 10:04 to play.

Cox teamed up with Gregg for a 23-yard scoring pass to cap a 61-yard Irish drive for a 42-14 lead with 8:16 left in the third quarter.

The Irish grabbed two more Panther fumbles and went to the fourth with a 56-30 lead.

"The last couple of weeks, we've only had a few turnovers," Graham said. "We told them (our defense), ‘We have to force some turnovers.' We had a bunch of guys around the football and we were able to jump on some of those fumbles. That was a real key to stopping them because they are pretty potent on offense when they are putting it together."

Gregg capped the Irish scoring with a 45-yard interception return to make it 70-30 with 1:26 to play.

Wales picked off the last Panther chance at his own 5 to put an end to this one.

Gregg caught nine passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Irish receivers.

"On their defense, we saw some areas that were susceptible," Gregg said. "We took advantage of that. Jeremiah (Cox) threw a lot of good balls and the line worked hard."

The Irish defense gave up 275 yards of offense to the Panthers, but the nine forced turnovers never allowed the Panthers to get any offensive rhythm.

"They (the coaches) emphasize in practice that when one guy tackles, to come in with another guy ripping at the ball," Gregg said of the Irish defense. "We did that tonight."

Lindgren ran 30 times for 161 yards and scored five TDs.

Cox threw for 196 yards and three TDs, and added 107 rushing yards including a rushing TD.

"You know what you're going to get with Kyle (Lindgren) - he's going to run hard and get you those tough yards and break one or two," Graham said. "Jeremiah (Cox) was very efficient in the passing game. He made some good reads and hit guys that were open."

On the injury front, Mata hurt his knee and will be further evaluated. Graham reported that Mike Matthews may have suffered a concussion and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

The Irish travel to Dayton Friday.

"If we want to keep playing, we have to clean some things up," Gregg said. "We've got to keep getting better."

DeSales 70, Asotin 30

Asotin 8 0 22 0 - 30

DeSales 14 21 21 14 - 70

DeS - Wales 8 pass from Cox (Mata kick).

Aso - Miller 1 run (Miller run).

DeS - Lindgren 1 run (Martinez kick).

DeS - Gregg 29 pass from Cox (Martinez kick).

DeS - Lindgren 1 run (Martinez kick).

DeS - Lindgren 1 run (Martinez kick).

Aso - Glover 27 pass from Servatius (kick failed).

DeS - Gregg 23 pass from Cox (Martinez kick).

Aso - Servatius 1 run (Servatius run).

DeS - Cox 32 run (Martinez kick).

DeS - Lindgren 17 run (Martinez kick).

Aso - Miller 87 kick off return (Servatius run).

DeS - Lindgren 1 run (Martinez kick).

DeS - Gregg 45 int return (Martinez kick).

Aso DeS

First downs 11 16

Rushes/yards 33-160 44-268

Passing yards 115 196

Passes (att-comp-int) 28-11-2 23-15-0

Punts 2-42.0 4-35.0

Fumbles-lost 10-7 5-2

Penalties-yards 2-10 5-33

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Aso: Glover 9-35, Whittaker 3-11, Forsberg 9-43, Servatius 5-(-7)-1, Miller 6-69-1, McIntosh 1-9; DeS: Lindgren 30-161-5, cox 11-107-1, Fazzari 3-0.

PASSING - Aso: Servatius 11-28-2 115 yards 1 TD; DeS: Cox 15-23-0 196 yards 3 TDs.

RECEIVING - Aso: Dalton 7-61, McIntosh 2-18, glover 2-36-1; DeS: Lindgren 1-20, Matthews 2-10, Wales 2-23-1, Gregg 9-131-2, Baumgart 1-12.

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