Aquinas routs Wilkinson County, avoids letdown

Aquinas 43, Wilkinson County 14

With one long pass play after another, the message became clear: There will be no letdown for Aquinas.

 

Irish quarterback Liam Welch threw short passes to dangerous Daniel Lindsey and hit open receivers downfield when needed as No. 3 Aquinas stayed undefeated with a 43-14 win over Wilkinson County on Friday night.

The Irish (7-0, 4-0 Region 7-A) were coming off a 42-14 win against Lincoln County, their first win over the Red Devils since 1972.

Lindsay had eight catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns against the Warriors (3-4, 3-1).

“Coach always tells me, ‘You just got to make the first guy miss and you’re off to the races,’ ” Lindsey said.

The Irish scored the first 23 points and forced the use of a running clock in the fourth quarter.

In the first half, Lindsey had two touchdown receptions of 36 and 53 yards.

Ruben Garnett, coming off a 300-yard performance against Lincoln County, opened the scoring with a 54-yard touchdown reception.

Welch passed for 290 yards.

But the Irish were most efficient in a flash of two defensive plays early in the second quarter.

First, Nash Bennett picked off a Warriors pass and returned it 35 yards to the end zone with 10:43 remaining until halftime.

On Wilkinson County’s next offensive play, William Evans recovered a fumble. Welch then found Lindsey on the ensuing play for a touchdown.

In a 20-second span, Aquinas put up 13 points.

The Irish didn’t slow down much in the second half, as Garnett picked up a short touchdown run and kicker Justin Thompson drilled two field goals, including a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter.

“Everybody expected a hangover, but we answered really well,” Aquinas coach James Leonard said.

AQUINAS 43, WILKINSON COUNTY 14

PLAY OF THE GAME: With Aquinas already up 10-0, Nash Bennett made an interception and returned it 35 yards for a second-quarter score.

STAR OF THE GAME: The Irish’s Daniel Lindsey had 217 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

WHY AQUINAS WON: Aquinas’ passing game couldn’t be stopped and the Irish forced four turnovers.

WHY WILKINSON COUNTY LOST: The Warriors didn’t string together successful plays on either offense or defense.

NEXT: First Presbyterian at Wilkinson County, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Aquinas at Warren County, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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