No. 7 Fort Cherry routs Serra Catholic, 86-19
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The No. 7-ranked Fort Cherry Rangers cruised to their most lopsided victory of the year, 86-19, over Serra Catholic on Friday in a Class A Black Hills game.
Fort Cherry (6-1, 6-1) poured it on early, scoring 67 points in the first half and 46 in the first quarter. The 67 first-half points were more than the Rangers had scored in any game so far this year.
The win brings Fort Cherry one step closer to a conference title.
“We want to win this conference. That's our No. 1 goal,” Fort Cherry coach Jim Shiel said. “We're taking it one game at a time.”
With the game securely out of reach, the two teams agreed to play a 10-minute third quarter and five-minute fourth quarter with a running clock.
Four of the game's first nine plays went for touchdowns, with 27 points being scored within the first three minutes.
Fort Cherry senior running back Koltan Kobrys returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. After Serra Catholic (1-7, 1-6) went three-and-out on the following possession, the Rangers returned the Eagles' punt to the 4-yard line, setting up a Matthew Heslin touchdown pass to Kobrys on first down.
Junior Hamden Wyatt answered with an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown of his own, cutting the lead to 13-7.
Not to be outdone, Heslin threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Alex Babirad on the Rangers' next play from scrimmage. The Eagles fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by Fort Cherry, leading to another Heslin touchdown pass, 26 yards to Zachary Dysert.
Fort Cherry dominated the Eagles on the ground, totaling 443 yards on 27 carries. Kobrys led the way for the Rangers in the first half with 145 yards and three touchdowns on six carries.
After he was pulled midway through the second quarter, juniors Daniel Barley and Garrett Whalen picked up the slack. Barley rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on his five carries and Whalen added another 103 and a touchdown on his seven carries.
“We never want to embarrass another team,” Shiel said, “but at the same time we get the young guys in and they're playing hard.”
The second half started in similar fashion, with the Rangers scoring a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. However, the touchdown came on the Eagles possession, with Jake Schulz returning a Zac Quattrone fumble 13 yards for a score.
Heslin's first four completions went for touchdowns, the fourth being a 3-yard catch by Whalen.
The Eagles' first offensive touchdown came in the first quarter when Quattrone connected with junior receiver Joe Satira on a 47-yard TD pass. Their other score was on a 45-yard Wyatt run in the fourth quarter.
Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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