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Aquinas routs Wilkinson County, avoids letdown

Aquinas 43, Wilkinson County 14

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 11:55 PM
Last updated Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 1:34 AM
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With one long pass play after another, the message became clear: There will be no letdown for Aquinas.

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Aquinas' Ruben Garnett has the ball and runs from tackles with Wilkinson's Antonio Whipple (right) ready to block.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Aquinas' Ruben Garnett has the ball and runs from tackles with Wilkinson's Antonio Whipple (right) ready to block.

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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Go Irish!

I am so proud of these athletes. They are so dedicated to the sport, the school and each other.

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