Crusaders Fall to Knights 14-0 in Class A Final PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rosemarie Kelly   
Saturday, 24 November 2012 04:28

By Rosemarie Kelly

Scecina Memorial put up a valiant effort in a state title rematch against the No. 1 ranked Lafayette Central Catholic Knights, but came up short 14-0 to the superior team in the Class A football championship clash at Lucas Oil Stadium.

A strong Crusaders defense kept the game scoreless at the half. But two big Central Catholic plays in the second half - a 54-yard touchdown pass from Ty Preston to Joe Smith and a 44-yard punt return by Timmy Mills - supplied all the scoring power the Knights would need to claim victory.

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The win made it four straight state titles for Lafayette Central Catholic, tying a state record set by the Class 5A power Warren Central Warriors who won consecutive titles from 2003-2006.

Scecina Memorial coach Ott Hurrle praised his team as they played hard to avenge a 38-7 loss to the Knights in the 2011 title game.

"I couldn't be more proud of this group of young men," Hurrle said. "They did everything we asked of them and more. They met their goal, which was to get back here (to the state title game). People who aren't in coaching don't realize how hard that is."

First half scoreless

Both teams had potential scoring drives stall in the first half. The Crusaders went 41 yards in 10 plays, driving down to the Knights 26-yard line. But they couldn't advance any further and turned the ball over on downs to the Knights with 3:47 left in the half.

The Knights began what looked to be a scoring drive of their own, moving the ball 54 yards in nine plays all the way to the Crusaders' 18-yard line. Lafayette Central Catholic quarterback Ty dropped back to pass and let loose. Scecina senior Connor Tooley read the play beautifully, stepping in front of the Knights' receiver and intercepting the football on the 8-yard line with 26 seconds left in the half.

Crusader stats

David Tarver and Thomas Allgood led the rushing offense, each rushing for 43 yards. The Central Catholic defense held Tarver well under his 8.6 average yards per carry. The Crusaders defense held the Knights offense to just one touchdown. The Knights averaged 32.2 points a game. Meanwhile, the Crusaders were held scoreless for the first time this season. Scecina ended its season at 11-4.





1955 ─ Six players have a hand in scoring as Scecina defeats Pike Township 27-0.

1965 ─ Sophomore Tommy Armour leads the city in passing for quarterbacks with 467 yards and four TDs.

1975 ─ Brebeuf garners 15 points to beat Scecina (45 points) in cross country.

1985 ─ Chatrand beats Scecina 15-3, 9-15, 15-3 in volleyball match.

1995 ─ Crusaders grab 16 first-place votes to grab top spot in Class 2A football poll.


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