|By Gaylen Duskey |
When you have 40 yards in total offense and don't score any points it is almost assured you won't win a ball game.
And that's exactly what happened to Calhoun County Saturday night as Parkersburg Catholic played excellent defense while pitching a shutout in a 31-0 LKC loss, which knocked the Red Devils to 1-3 heading into Friday night's upcoming game at home against Williamstown.
When Sean Earley scored on a 14-yard run late in the first quarter it was enough points to put the game away right then.
But neither Earley nor the Crusaders were through.
Earley scored two more times - from two yards and one yard - and the Crusaders, 2-2, got another touchdown from Mitch Davis and a 29-yard field goal from Geno DiMaio in the first half making the score 31-0.
And after that the Crusaders rested.
At least offensively … defensively they kept the pressure on Calhoun not letting the Red Devils on the scoreboard.
For Calhoun, now in the middle of a three-game losing streak, the running game generated a total of minus-three yards. Bronson Clark led the way with 26 yards on 16 carries. Calhoun came up with 43 yards passing as Logan Moore caught one Tyler Bennett pass for 29 yards while Dillon Mefford caught another for 14.
Otherwise it was pretty bleak for the Red Devils which managed only five first downs.
Calhoun did hold onto the ball - only two turnovers - and had only five penalties.
Parkersburg Catholic had 304 total yards and 15 first downs and was able to play keep away for most of the game with its ball control running attack as three players rushed for more than 50 yards.
The game was stopped near the end of the first half when a Parkersburg Catholic player suffered an ankle injury and had to be transported away via ambulance.