Guerin Catholic Earns First Football Win PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Kelly   
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:51

By Cooper Robinson, Guerin Catholic Class of 2015

The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles achieved their first varsity football win of the 2012 season with a 10-7 triumph over previously unbeaten Arsenal Tech. It was a low-scoring, defensive affair, but Guerin Catholic took the lead in the third quarter on Drew Dehnke’s 31-yard touchdown reception and the Golden Eagle defense protected the lead over the Class 5A Titans.

“Our defense was a huge key to the win,” said Guerin Catholic head coach Andrew Kremer, whose team is now 1-4. “They played very well. We knew that a talented team like Tech would get yards, but we made them work and that was the key. The goal-line stop at the end of the first half was a huge momentum swing in the game. It really helped us and left them wondering."

Kremer was referring to the defense’s spectacular hold to close the first half. Guerin Catholic had just pulled within 7-3 on junior George Poppas’ 26-yard field goal, but Tech drove inside the Golden Eagles’ 5-yard line in the final minute of the second quarter. Titans running back James Gilbert ran twice, but was stopped inches short of the goal line as time expired.

70-yard drive puts GC ahead

Guerin Catholic put together a six-play, 70-yard drive late in the third quarter to take its first lead. Quarterback Michael Myers hit fellow junior Dehnke with a swing pass and Dehnke sprinted 31 yards to the end zone. Poppas’ PAT made it 10-7. The GC defense then stopped the potent Tech offense, which had averaged 50 points in its first three wins, on three final possessions to secure the win.

Myers was injured late in the fourth quarter and senior Kyle Coltrain, who had not played quarterback since last season, took over and led the Golden Eagle offense on a key drive to run down time and seal the victory for Guerin Catholic. Coltrain fired a perfect 17-yard pass to senior tight end Danny Murray for a critical first down on the drive.

Myers had a solid night throwing the football, completing 18 of 28 passes for 154 yards. Dehnke rushed 18 times for 78 yards and caught four passes for 51 yards, including the 31-yard TD.

“Our offense did what we needed to do,” said Kremer. “We drove the ball on several occasions and that helped keep our defense off the field, and we had great play from our QBs, receivers and Drew Dehnke. Kyle Coltrain was a true leader and senior when he came in to finish the game for us.”

The Guerin Catholic defense had a great night, only allowing one Tech touchdown in the first half and not giving up any points in the second half. Gilbert rushed for 138 yards for the Titans, but that was more than 30 yards less than he had averaged coming into the game.

Next up: undefeated Greenwood

The Class 2A Golden Eagles take on another unbeaten larger school, 4A Greenwood, on Friday, Sept. 21 for Homecoming. Greenwood has its own rushing star in Kole Stogner, who is averaging 192 yards a game as the Woodmen have started the season 5-0. Greenwood is ranked seventh in the Associated Press 4A poll and eighth in the coaches’ poll this week.

Those who cannot attend can still watch the game on Guerin Catholic Live. Go to the home page at sports.guerincatholic.org, click on the “Multimedia” tab and click again on “Guerin Catholic Network.”

Editor's Note:  Story courtesy of http://sports.guerincatholic.org/.

 
 
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