The La Salle Lancers pounced on Covington Catholic within the first minute of Friday's contest, and the Colonels never could recover as the Lancers treated their home crowd to a 50-7 rout in their home opener.
With only seconds having ticked off the clock, Matt Farrell ran in the first score for La Salle on a 3-yard run set up by a 67-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Kummer to Rodriguez Coleman. From that point on, the Lancers never looked back.
"It seemed to roll down hill for us," La Salle coach Tom Grippa said. "We thought we could run the football. Drew came out and hit his first few passes and our receiving corps made some good open field runs. We had some good short passes that they turned into touchdowns. It seemed to go our way tonight."
It certainly did.
Kummer and the LaSalle offense accumulated 594 total yards, and they made it look easy. Whether Kummer dropped back to pass, handed off or was forced to scramble, the Lancers were able to make it work. Kummer had 11 completions on 15 attempts racking up 244 yards on the night. The CovCath defense was never really able to get to Kummer.
Colonel quarterback Blake Bir wasn't the recipient of such good fortune as the La Salle defense had him running for his life most of the game. The sophomore struggled as the Lancers handled the CovCath line, forcing him to scramble and make hurried, inaccurate throws. La Salle's defenders allowed the Colonels only 60 yards in the first half.
Farrell, a running back, complimented his team's defensive effort and thinks the Lancers have a winning formula.
"Our defense is great, this is our second game, and we only gave up seven points. On offense we've scored 70-or so points. If we keep doing that we'll go really far, " Farrell said.
The defense even got in on a little scoring. Senior linebacker Ben Ingle intercepted Bir and returned the ball 20 yards for the score.
The interception was part of a 27-point second quarter to put the game virtually out of reach at halftime. Just before the interception, junior Max Barlag ran 36 yards for a score. Kummer connected with Matt Woeste and Coleman for touchdowns later in the quarter as the Lancers showcased the versatility of their offense. By halftime, the Lancers had constructed a 40-0 lead.
CovCath was able to avoid the shutout with a third quarter touchdown run from senior running back Alex Slaubaugh.
La Salle improves to 2-0 on the season and will take on Lakota East in week three. CovCath falls to 1-2 and faces Campbell County next Saturday.
Written by: Katie Budke, TriStateFootball.com