Northwest Christian overpowers Bourgade Catholic

Northwest Christian overpowers Bourgade Catholic


Northwest Christian overpowers Bourgade Catholic


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No. 2 Northwest Christian used every weapon in its arsenal to prove why it is one of the best teams in Division IV as it handled Bourgade Catholic 54-0 on Bourgade’s home field.

Northwest Christian quarterback Drew Inness saw open receivers everywhere he looked in first half and all 54 points were scored in those 24 minutes, a fact that got under the skin of Bourgade coach Pat Lavin.

“It’s just disappointing that we’re down 47-0 with 20 seconds left in the second quarter and they’re throwing verticals on us,” Lavin said. “We don’t need to humiliate kids like that.”

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Northwest Christian cruised to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter but Inness still threw three more touchdown passes in the second quarter, with the final coming only a few ticks before halftime. Inness had intended to throw a simple pass over the middle but Bourgade’s coverage was tight and he was forced out of the pocket by oncoming rushers.

Inness ended up lobbing a pass to Trace Maguire in the back of the end zone after the receiver broke away from his defender and make himself a target for his scrambling quarterback.

After the game, Northwest Christian coach David Inness defended his play calling and philosophy.

“Well, what we do is, we believe in two quarters,” Inness said. “After two quarters, then — we played 46 different guys tonight. Not one starter played in the second half.”

With the game safely in hand, Northwest Christian pulled its starters on both sides of the ball in the second half. The quarters were shortened to 10 minutes and the continuous clock was employed.

But the perceived lack of sportsmanship was not the only thing that upset Lavin. His team was outmatched by players who were clearly bigger, stronger and faster.

“First of all, we shouldn’t be playing in this section,” Lavin said. “We’re in section four and we should be in section five. This is what happens when we’re not in it.

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“It’s all about kids. If kids are going to get humiliated, I’m against it.”

The disparity between the teams was evident on Northwest Christian’s first play from scrimmage. Inness, the coach’s son, executed a perfect play action fake and looked up to see wide receiver Tyler Kohner streaking down the sideline.

He lofted a pass into Kohner’s hands and the wide receiver raced 70 yards for a touchdown. Less than a minute into the game, the two seniors put their team up 7-0 and that was as close as the score would get.

Inness finished the half — and the game — with 196 yards and six touchdowns on 10 of 12 passing. Kohner caught only two passes but they totaled 76 and both went for touchdowns.

Northwest Christian’s versatile wide receiver Caleb Egherman kept the team in great field position all night. He had 118 yards on punt returns and added a 26-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep in the second quarter.

Bourgade’s top playmaker, Peter Stalzer, was held out of a game for the second week in a row with a concussion. His presence would have undoubtedly helped embattled quarterback Luke Dreher, who showed off his impressive arm strength on several deep passes that narrowly missed his receivers’ hands.

Stalzer was clearly missed and Bourgade might have to get used to playing without him.

“There’s a chance he won’t play the rest of the year,” Lavin said. “I feel badly for the young man because he’s played for us for three years and broke his butt to be where he’s at.”

Best of high school football 2015

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