Photo courtesy of Louis Murray

Dwain Koscielniak, Francis Tallent, and Devon Spalding. In the history of MHSAA Football, just those three players have ever finished a contest with more rushing yards than Catholic Central’s Nolan Fugate on Friday night. The senior tailback rushed for 472 yards and five touchdowns in his final regular season home game for the Cougars as they won in a 57-50 shootout over Comstock Park.

This game featured fifteen total touchdowns, and the first one of the game was the first of the night for Fugate, a seventeen yard run. The Cougars would score the next two touchdowns, a pair of scores by Erik Grabow, and they had a 21-0 lead early. It appeared that this night was going to be no different than the first six contests of the season that they dominated.

The Panthers showed a relentless fight in this contest, and this showed for the remainder of the first half as they outscored Catholic Central 29-8 to draw the game to a tie at the half. Their last score of the half came as the clock was expired, and Comstock Park came down with a jump ball in the end zone for a score.

In the third quarter, the scoring mellowed out relatively, as Catholic Central would score the only two touchdowns of the half. Nolan Fugate found the end zone for the second and third times of the night, including a 73-yard dash for a score just seventy-one seconds into the second half.

In the fourth quarter, the Cougars and Panthers shifted back and forth between the seven and fourteen point margin, but Comstock Park was unable to close the gap beyond that. Their final touchdown came with 1:37 to play on JoJo Whitley’s third rushing touchdown of the day, but they were unable to get the ball back and score the tying touchdown. The Cougars held on for a 57-50 win to improve to 7-0. Next week, the OK Blue Conference title is on the line as Catholic Central will visit Fifth Third Ballpark to take on West Catholic, who enters the contest at 6-1. For Comstock Park, they sit at 4-3 on the season, and the matchup against Sparta next week is pivotal to their pursuit of reaching the playoffs.

SCORING SUMMARY

TIMESCORESCORING PLAY
1Q 9:08CC 7-0Fugate 17yd run
1Q 6:53CC 14-0Grabow 1yd run
1Q 3:58CC 21-0Grabow 10yd run
2Q 9:49CC 21-8Whitely 68yd run
2Q 6:27CC 21-15Serba 10yd pass
2Q 6:04CC 29-15Grabow 15yd run
2Q 3:25CC 29-22Serba 10yd pass
2Q 0:0029-29 tiedBrown 30 yd pass
3Q 10:49CC 36-29Fugate 73yd run
3Q 0:46CC 43-29Fugate 1yd run
4Q 11:55CC 43-36Whitely 7yd run
4Q 8:37CC 50-36Fugate 24yd run
4Q 6:43CC 50-43Spence 17yd pass
4Q 2:57CC 57-43Fugate 26yd run
4Q 1:37CC 57-50Whitely 20yd run