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The Catholic Central Cougars entered this season as the two-time defending Division 4 State Champions. After an 8-1 regular season and an OK Blue title, the Cougars started their playoff slate against Spring Lake. The Lakers, a fellow member of the OK Blue, started the season 5-0 before sliding to 5-4 and getting into the playoffs on points. This league rematch was worse than the first time around as Catholic Central dominated from beginning to end in a 59-7 victory.
On their first drive, Catholic Central got on the board when Erik Grabow got a three-yard touchdown run. They would get a 26-yard field goal to extend their lead to 10-0 after the first quarter of play.
The second quarter saw a barrage of scoring by the Cougars. They recorded four touchdowns in the second quarter to blow this game wide open to a 38-0 deficit. It started with a Joe Collins 61-yard strike connecting with Jace Williams for a touchdown. On their next possession, Nick Hollern got free for an eight-yard touchdown run. The Cougars struck for two additional touchdowns in the last ninety seconds of the half. Joe Collins found Williams again for a ten-yard touchdown strike, and then the defense got on the board as Ben Joppich recovered a fumble and ran it to the end zone to give them the 38-point halftime edge.
The third quarter began with a running clock, but offensively it was much of the same for Catholic Central. Collins threw his third touchdown of the game on a fifteen-yard pass to Nate Trudeau to expand the lead to 45. On their next drive, freshman Joey Silveri came in at quarterback. He found Jace Williams for a 10-yard touchdown pass, the first of his career, to extend the lead to 52-0.
In the final quarter, the Lakers finally got on the board with a three-yard run by Caleb Montgomery. Silveri would lead the final touchdown drive of the game for Catholic Central, as he hit fellow freshman Nolan Ziegler for a touchdown strike. This gave the Cougars the 59-7 lead that would ultimately be the final score.
Though it is a tough way for Spring Lake’s season to end, they started the year 5-0 before losing their last five games, there is much for them to be proud of. Just a season ago, they were 0-9 on the season, so they came a long way in reaching the playoffs. The Cougars’ year will continue to the eleventh week when they will take on Whitehall for the District Championship next Friday night.