Newport Central Catholic extended their winning streak over their 2A rival, Holy Cross, to six games with a 28-14 win Friday night at Holmes High School.
Senior Jake Cain got the thoroughbreds rolling early when he broke free for a 14-yard touchdown run right up the middle. However, it was the Chris Kelly show in the first half as the senior running back carried NewCath with 10 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Holy Cross' quarterback, Jerry Arlinghaus, got the Indians on the board in the second quarter with a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak.
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The Indians' had another opportunity to score on their second drive of the game, but Arlinghaus was intercepted in the endzone by NewCath's Brian Doyle after his intended receiver slipped.
NewCath took a 21-7 lead into the locker rooms.
Holy Cross had their chances in the second half. Arlinghaus drew them back within seven when he scored on a two-yard quarterback keeper. However, the Indians allowed NewCath to go on a time consuming drive that lasted most of the third quarter and culminated in a five-yard touchdown run for NewCath quarterback Brady Hightchew.
The Indians also failed to take advantage of two NewCath fumbles and an onside kick that the Indians recovered at NewCath's 20-yard line.
Brian Doyle had three interceptions for the Thoroughbreds. Kelly finished the game with 22 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Cain also went over the century mark as he carried eight times for 101 yards. Hightchew tacked on 81 yards on 10 carries as the Thoroughbreds tallied 370-yards on the ground.
Arlinghaus finished the game 17-of-39 with 223 yards and two rushing touchdowns but was intercepted three times. Senior running back Chad Fuller had 15 carries for 112 yards for the Indians.
Written by: Rick Broering, TriStateFootball.com