Mount de Sales shuts down Aquinas

The rust that comes with a two-week break showed on Aquinas’ offensive side Friday night.

 

Playing their first game in September, the Irish struggled to convert yardage to points, while Mount de Sales broke through with 14 fourth-quarter points. The Cavaliers pulled out a 14-3 victory at Aquinas.

Aquinas last played Aug. 25 and spent the past two weeks off the playing field because of an open date and postponement.

The Irish offense, which was missing star playmaker George Welch because of an ankle injury, recorded 253 total yards but only three points.

Mount de Sales beat Aquinas for just the second time in six all-time meetings and the first time since 1973.

“Hats off to coach (Keith) Hatcher,” Aquinas coach James Leonard said. “We had no focus pregame. People will say we had two weeks off, but that’s not a good excuse. They earned it. We made a lot of mistakes we couldn’t come back from. They played better.”

Mount de Sales was repeatedly stopped around midfield by a stout Aquinas defense until breaking through behind the legs of Josiah Cotton, who rushed 21 times for 194 yards. He totaled more than 100 yards on the ground in the second half.

With Aquinas (1-2) leading 3-0 entering the fourth quarter, Mount de Sales (3-1) turned to Cotton, who rushed the Cavaliers down the field and took a 7-3 lead on a Dexter Williams short keeper at 10:03.

The Irish showed life midway through the fourth until stalling around the Mount de Sales 35 with six minutes left. The Cavaliers responded with another drive capped by a 25-yard touchdown run by Adrian Hardwick for a 14-3 lead.

Aquinas’ first drive of the game ended on a failed field goal attempt, while Mount de Sales struggled to generate a lengthy drive at any point in the first quarter. The Irish missed multiple opportunities with positive field position after missed connections through the air and stuffed runs.

Joseph Douglas provided the first spark midway through the second quarter on a 35-yard run that took Aquinas to the 5-yard line. Mount de Sales responded by repeatedly stopping runs near the goal line, and the Irish settled for a 21-yard field goal by Crimmins Hankinson at 3:45.

Aquinas quarterback John Paul recorded 111 rushing yards while Douglas added 83.

 

Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216. or david.lee@augustachronicle.com.

Mount de Sales 14, Aquinas 3

Play of the game: Mount de Sales quarterback Dexter Williams scored on a short keeper for a 7-3 lead at 10:03 in the fourth quarter.

Star of the game: Cavaliers running back Josiah Cotton rushed 21 times for 194 yards.

Why Mount de Sales won: The Cavaliers stopped Aquinas on important drives while turning to Cotton for key yardage down the stretch.

Why Aquinas lost: The Irish struggled to convert yardage to points and looked out of sync on offense throughout the night. 

Next: Stratford Academy at Mount de Sales, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29. Aquinas at Calvary Day, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

 

MOUNT DE SALES 14, AQUINAS 3

M. de Sales 0 0 0 14 - 14
Aquinas 0 3 0 0 - 3

Second Quarter
A-Crimmins Hankinson 21 field goal, 3:45

Fourth Quarter
MS-Dexter Williams 1 run (Ethan Aler kick), 10:03
MS-Adrian Hardwick 25 run (Aler kick), 2:11

MS A
First Downs 15 16
Rushes-Yards 40-261 38-199
Passing Yards 30 54
Comp.-Att.-Int. 1-4 9-20
Fumbles-Lost - 1-0
Punts-Yards 5-30 3-45
Penalties-Yards 12-100 5-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING-Mount de Sales: Josiah Cotton 21-194, Dexter Williams 9-41, Adrian Hardwick 10-26. Aquinas: John Paul 22-111, Joseph Douglas 14-83, Ferris Lowery 2-5.
PASSING-Mount de Sales: Williams 1-4 30. Aquinas: Paul 9-20 54. 
RECEIVING-Mount de Sales: Coleman Roberts 1-30. Aquinas: Kam Brinson 5-29, Michael Brown Jr. 3-20, Douglas 1-5.

 

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