FORT WAYNE — As the 2015 Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) football season heats up, St. Charles improved to 2-0 with a 37-14 win over Central Catholic on Sunday, Sept. 13.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 37-0 halftime lead against the Irish. The Cards first-string defense has yet to give up a first down in 2015 and has given up total offense of negative 105 yards in their first two outings. The St. Charles’ defense was headed up by a trio of outstanding linebackers in Devon Tippmann, Patrick Finley and Hayden Ellinger. The defense was also led by Patrick O’Keefe in the secondary.
Coach Sam Talarico detailed, “Defensive linemen Lucas Krohn and Owen Sharpe were a two-man wrecking crew in the Irish backfield all day long, including a blocked punt that led to a score for the Cardinals.”
Finley tallied well over 100 yards and two touchdowns rushing in just a handful of attempts. Ellinger had a pick-six touchdown and 46 yards rushing on three carries and the Cards had receiving touchdowns from Jacob Lehrman and Tippmann, which were thrown by O’Keefe and Drew Lytle. Trent Rider added four extra points. Finley, Ellinger and Tippmann averaged 23 yards per rushing attempt on offense.
The Irish didn’t quit and pushed in a couple late fourth-quarter scores to make the final, 37-14.
Talarico summarized, “I was very pleased with our effort today but we have a lot of room for improvement. We are going to need to get much better this week before we play a very talented St. Vincent squad.”
Both teams will enter the Sept. 20 matchup with a 2-0 record.
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