O'Hara rolls past rival St. Pius X
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
The last two seasons, rivals O'Hara and St. Pius X went down to the wire to decide the outcome.
That wasn't the case this season as the Celtics stayed unbeaten with a 34-7 win over the visiting Warriors to reclaim the Crystal Cup.
"We worked really hard this week to shut down their attack and our kids did a good job of doing that, it's a tribute to them," O'Hara head coach Jim DeMarea. "We're excited. I don't think we've been 7-0 in a long time."
The Celtics, who controlled the tempo early with a substantial edge in time of possession en route to out gaining the Warriors 301-58 in the first half, threatened to run away with the game in the first quarter.
O'Hara took their opening drive deep into Pius territory, but were turned away on fourth down at the Warriors 8.
After a quick Pius possession, the Celtics again threatened to score before a fumble at the Warrior 2 was recovered by Pius senior Noah Jury in the early going of the second quarter.
The scoreless tie was finally broken on the Celtics' next drive, which really got things rolling for the home team.
With 9:39 to play in the half, Austin Evans busted free on a 17-yard run to make it 7-0 O'Hara.
Just over six minutes later the Celtics added to their lead.
Quarterback Michael Briggs found Evans from 30 yards out for his second TD and a 13-0 O'Hara edge.
With under two minutes to play, O'Hara struck yet again for their third touchdown of the quarter.
It was a one-play drive for the Celtics as Briggs connected with Gerard Harker, who took care of the rest on a 75-yard touchdown strike to make it 19-0 at the half.
The Celtics picked up where they left off to start the second half, pounding the ball right at the teeth of the Pius defense.
O'Hara chewed up six minutes on their opening drive of the third quarter and pushed their lead to 27 on a one-yard run by Harker and a QB sneak on a two-point conversion by Briggs.
Pius was able to get on the board in the fourth. Marshall Mason picked off a Briggs pass to set up Gabe Akalugwu's four-yard dive into the end zone, making it a 20-point game (27-7) with 9:31 to go.
The Celtics appeared unhappy having given up the shutout as evident by their next drive which ended in Briggs' third TD pass of the game to Jordan Supplee, who made a highlight reel grab on the game's last score.
"They have a good enough offense that can just snowball into points," DeMarea said. "We were concerned after they got the first one, but our kids did a good job of responding and the offense really controlled the ball."
The Warriors will look for their eighth win next week at Center, while Pius (4-3) plays host to Sedalia Smith-Cotton.
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