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Led by Pfleger, Walden, KCHS rips Austin-East

Despite the large deficit, the Austin-East band kept playing funky music all night, being the only source of spirit coming from the Roadrunners.

No smiles from A-E because of another big Catholic win, 38-14, Friday night, Sept. 7, at Austin-East High School.

The Irish offense got its first break and great field position early in the first quarter after a tipped punt that rolled out of bounds at A-E’s 32 yard line, followed by Roadrunner offsides moving the Irish up to first-and-10 on the 27 yard-line.

Catholic (3-0 record) moved its way up with short rushing gains until Matt Phleger punched it in from the 3 yard-line, scoring the first points of the game making it 7-0 after the Ricardo Martinez extra point with 7:09 left in the first quarter.

Pfleger had career high rushing yards with 118 on 12 carries. “We just kept running the speed sweep and Zach Vann just kept giving me good blocks.” Pfleger said.

The next score did not come until five minutes into the second quarter with a 28-yard field goal from Martinez after a failed third down conversion on the 9 yard-line making the score 10-0 with 7:01 left in the second quarter.

A-E got a glimmer of hope on its first play of the next drive from a huge 53-yard pass to the Irish 19 yard line. It was quickly dissolved by a Phleger fumble recovery.

After the fumble the Irish took the ball on a 70-yard drive ending with a huge double coverage reception by Ryan Walden, who took it in and raised the score to 17-0 with 2:25 left in the second quarter.

Walden had a breakout game with two more touchdown receptions and 112 passing yards total.

The Roadrunners would not go scoreless. Austin-East quarterback Mark Montgomery scored on a 6-yard run for the after a big kick-off return to the 6 yard-line, cutting the score to 17-7 after the extra point.

The Irish secondary got a workout from all of the 28 passing attempts, only 14 of them completed, from the Roadrunners.

Senior Jonathan Wood and the rest of the KCHS defensive line took advantage of the secondary’s performance and made two coverage sacks and four tackles for loss including Wood’s big 13-yard sack ending that particular drive for A-E.

”We worked well as a team and the coaching was good,” Wood said. “The defensive backfield gave us time to make the plays.”

Catholic travels to Faust Field to face archrival Webb, Friday, Sept. 14, having won the last five meetings versus the Spartans.

Opening kick-off is 7:30 p.m.


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