All throughout the 2017 season, West Catholic’s success has been hinged on their strong defensive play, as they held their opponents to 13.6 points per game, including a trio of shutouts. This week, their offense was on full display as they scored 72 points, their highest total in school history, in a 34-point win over Allendale.
On the first play from scrimmage, West Catholic got on the board with a 69-yard run by Alex Fortier. Less than two minutes later, they scored again on a 56-yard pass to Zack Lee. Four minutes later, Lee scored his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run.
After allowing a touchdown at the end of the quarter, Gaetano Vallone started things off for the Falcons in the second quarter as he found Nick Dorato for a 92-yard touchdown strike to expand the lead back out to three scores. Just a couple minutes later, he found Alex King on a 27-yard touchdown pass to move the lead out to 35-7. Vallone’s third touchdown pass of the quarter came at the 2:13 mark as he found Nick Dorato again, this time from 38 yards. They would allow a pair of touchdowns before Liam Putz knocked in a 43-yard field goal right before the half to give West Catholic a 45-28 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the Falcons struck three more times for touchdowns. Zack Lee rushed for fifteen yards and his third score of the night to cap off a strong night that totaled 120 yard and three touchdown night for the senior. Domenic Stornant, a senior, scored his first touchdown, a six-yard run to expand the lead to 59-28. The third score of the third quarter came from the arm of Vallone, as he found Dorato on a ten-yard pass for a touchdown.
Vallone put up another strong night on Friday, as he finished 15 of 22 for 366 yards and five touchdowns in the air, as well as an additional sixty-one yards on the ground. Dorato had his best night of the season as he hauled in four catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
In the fourth quarter, West Catholic broke their school record in scoring as Sean Judd rushed for a twenty-five yard touchdown to give the Falcons 72 points. They would give up a late touchdown, but it was not quite enough, as they would win this one 72-38.
With the win, a 7-2 West Catholic team enters the playoffs on a high-note as they set out to win their fifth straight state championship. Next week, they begin the playoffs, and it is more than likely that they will play at home, though that will be finalized on Sunday night.