For the twelfth straight season, the Cougars of Catholic Central are headed to the postseason. After the way that they played on Friday, it would be a surprise to many if they did not reach Ford Field for the third time in four years. They dominated West Catholic in all facets of the game in a 55-0 thrashing.
Things got started four minutes into the game when Joey Silveri ran sixty two yards to the end zone for the first touchdown for Catholic Central. Two minutes later, Silveri would tack on the two point conversion after Shawn Wells ran nine yards for the touchdown to give CC a 14-0 edge. It was more Silveri on the next scoring drive for Catholic Central, as he ran nine yards for a touchdown. Before the quarter was over, Silveri used his arm and found Ethan Lott for a twenty one yard touchdown pass. This barrage of scoring plays gave the Cougars a 28-0 edge after just twelve minutes of action.
Daniel Southerington added to the margin with a stellar defensive play. He stepped in front of a pass and returned it twenty eight yards to the end zone. At the halfway point of the second quarter, Silveri and Drew Gommesen paired up for a twenty five yard touchdown pass. Nick Hollern‘s run of three yards gave the Cougars a 48-0 lead as the teams went to the locker room. The running clock limited the offensive opportunities in the second half, but there were able to find the end zone once. Wells ran twenty yards for his second score to push this game to its final of 55-0.
In limited action, Silveri made a huge impact. He completed all four of his pass attempts for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for eighty one yards and two additional scores. Nick Hollern was the leading rusher for the Cougars with 105 yards on seven carries. Jase Williams led the pass catchers with ninety five yards on two receptions for Catholic Central.
On defense, the Cougars stifled any opportunities that West Catholic presented. The Falcons were held to 102 total yards of offense, including just sixteen on the ground. The passing game struggled for West Catholic as Daniel Southerington intercepted three passes for the Cougars. This is the first time since 2002 that the Falcons have been shut out twice in one season.
Catholic Central wraps up their regular season next week against Comstock Park. The 7-1 Cougars are into the playoffs and are looking to lock up a home first round game. West Catholic’s season will end next week with a matchup against Coopersville. The Broncos have also struggled this season, as they will enter that game with an 0-8 record.