West Catholic and Allendale squared off in the OK Blue’s Battle of the Falcons on Friday night. This game had conference title implications, as both teams entered this game with an outside shot at the crown, just one game back of Unity Christian. After this contest, only West Catholic has a shot at catching Unity, though they will need some help from Allendale.
In the first quarter, West Catholic scored the only touchdown. Tim Kloska was able to carry the football five yards across the goal line, and the Chris Curry extra point made it 7-0 WC.
Allendale responded as the second quarter started. Cole Dipiazza eluded tacklers and ran sixteen yards for the score. He tried the two-point attempt, but ultimately he was stopped short. This defensive stop seemed to turn the tide in this game, as West Catholic would dominate the rest of the second quarter.
Noah Arsulowicz got things rolling with a pass to Colin Roth for a twenty-eight yard score. Arsulowicz would keep the football on the next scoring drive, and he ran six yards to the end zone. Before the half came to an end, Travis Zdanowski hauled in his seventh interception on the defensive side of the football for West Catholic, keeping the score at 20-6 after two quarters.
Zdanowski rode his own momentum to the lone scoring play of the third quarter. He took a handoff and ran five yards across the goal line for the Falcons, pushing West Catholic’s lead to twenty-one points.
Arsulowicz would find the end zone for the third time, as he rushed for three yards. Chris Curry’s fourth extra point extended West Catholic’s run to twenty-seven unanswered points. Allendale would score once more on a Cole Dipiazza run, but it was far too late for a comeback.
West Catholic outgained Allendale 356-155 in this game. Tim Kloska led the way with 143 yards rushing on 26 carries, while Arsulowicz added two rushing scores to his 9/16 passing day that saw him toss for 144 yards and another touchdown. Colin Roth led the WC receivers with 73 yards, while Ryar Rinehart had ten tackles to lead the Falcons.
On the Allendale side, Dipiazza had 125 rushing yards on twenty carries, nearly accounting for the entirety of the team’s offense. Lukas Kuiper led the passing attack with 34 yards, while Pat Adams (14) and Jordan Silvis (12) recorded double digit tackles.
Next week, Allendale will take on Unity Christian in an OK Blue game. If they can beat the ‘Saders, then West Catholic will have a chance to share the league title. West Catholic will try to hold up their end of the deal as they square off with Hamilton. That game will be LIVE on MSR next Friday.