Saturday, November 28, 2009
KENNEWICK — DeSales lost starting senior quarterback Pat Richard for the second half due to a first-half injury.
One of the scoreboards at Lampson Stadium lost power in the fourth quarter.
And the Irish offense lost power as the Colfax Bulldog defense limited DeSales to 132 yards of total offense and pitched a 19-0 shutout in Saturday’s Washington state Class 2B football semifinal.
Colfax now faces Adna, a 25-11 winner over Tacoma Baptist in the other 2B semifinal, for the 2009 Class 2B title in Tacoma Saturday.
"Our kids played hard and they really battled," Irish coach Pat Graham said. "Give them (Colfax) credit. Their kids are big and physical. They came to win today."
The Bulldogs’ kicker, Tyler McNannay, sent a message on the opening kickoff. McNannay, as he would do on each of his three other kickoffs, drove the ball into the Irish end zone and forced DeSales to start at its own 20.
The Irish got a first down on a Kyle Lindgren 5-yard run and a 6-yard pass from Richard to Mike Matthews. The Bulldog defense held, but Colfax got flagged for roughing the kicker, its first of five first-quarter penalties for 40 total yards, and the Irish had a first down at midfield.
As it would all night, the Bulldog defense proved to be an unbreakable force and DeSales punted to the Colfax 30.
The Bulldogs got a 40-yard gallop from McNannay on a third-and-9 from their own 31 and drove to the Irish 18.
Tyler Wahl broke up a screen pass and dropped McNannay for a three-yard loss, and Colfax attempted a 38-yard field goal. McNannay’s boot went wide right, and the quarter ran out with no score.
On the ensuing Irish possession, Richard hit Tommy Gregg for 22 yards, the Bulldogs were flagged for holding, and the Irish came up fourth-and-6 from the Bulldog 42.
A Richard pass out of punt formation was just out of the reach of Shane Roach and the Bulldogs took over.
Three plays later, McNannay busted through the middle of the Irish line and went 53 yards to give Colfax all it would need as the Bulldogs grabbed a 6-0 lead with 10:19 left in the half.
"It was just a trap," Graham said. "We had it plugged up inside, and they bounced it a gap wider. They were able to pin a couple of our linebackers down inside, and we didn’t have anybody there to make the play."
Following McNannay’s kickoff, the Irish once again started from their own 20. DeSales went three-and-out, but the Bulldogs blocked Victor Mata’s punt and took over at the Irish 24.
The Irish defense stepped up as Gregg picked off McNannay’s halfback option pass at his own 5 and returned it to the Irish 21. On the play, Richard was shaken up and left the game. He could not play in the second half, although he returned to the Irish bench, sans pads, during the fourth quarter.
"He got hurt and was kind of groggy," Graham said of his senior leader. "He was complaining about his ability to get air. That was a concern for us that his respiratory (system) was not responding and he was in no shape to go."
The Bulldogs nursed a 6-0 lead to intermission and got the ball to open the second half.
Colfax marched to its own 43 and struck with its second big play of the night.
Kellen Morgan got behind the Irish defense, and Alex Teade delivered the ball for Morgan to make a leaping catch and get into the Irish end zone for a 57-yard TD and a 13-0 lead with 8:23 left in the third.
"We had our safety right there, he was just a half step behind," Graham said. "They made a great throw and a great catch. It was the perfect call for the defense we had."
The Irish, without Richard, turned to the running of Lindgren in the second half. Lindgren ran for 82 yards in the second 24 minutes but it wasn’t enough to overcome the loss of Richard and the Bulldog defense.
"Pat is the straw the stirs the drink," Bulldog coach Mike Morgan said in an earlier interview. "He is just fabulous and is their trigger man. They would be an entirely different team without him."
"We have a guy (Richard) that’s pretty much the heart and soul of our offense," Graham said Saturday. "For two-and-a-half quarters, we had a freshman out there (Ryan Baumgart) playing in a state semifinal game. Not only did he have to come in and play quarterback, but (in the move) we lost one of our better receivers.
"He (Baumgart) went out there and competed and did all you can ask of a freshmen in that situation," he said. "He didn’t have the experience and it really handicapped what we could do."
The Bulldogs, following their second blocked punt, added a 19-yard TD scamper with 10:28 left, but Matthews blocked the try for point, and the Bulldogs ran the final to 19-0.
Lindgren was the Irish offensive story as he finished with 93, 91 rushing and two receiving, of DeSales’ 132 offensive yards.
"Their defense is phenomenal," Graham said. "Championship teams have a great defense, and they have a great defense."
The Irish defense got a sack from Lindgren, a fumble recovery from Wahl, Gregg’s interception, and two busted up screens plus a tackle for a loss from Pat Sharkey in completing their season’s work.
"Our defense played pretty well for the entire game, outside of those couple of (big) plays," Graham said of his defense.
The Irish finish with the final four appearance and seniors Richard, Sharkey, Wahl, Roach, Ben Konen, Jose Mata, Ryan Rea and Kyle Konen culminate their Irish careers with a 9-4 campaign.
Colfax 19, DeSales 0
Colfax 0 6 7 6 — 19
DeSales 0 0 0 0 — 0
Colfax — McNannay 53 run (kick failed).
Colfax — Morgan 57 pass from Teade (McNannay kick).
Colfax – Teade 19 run (kick blocked).
First downs 6 7
Rushes/yards 30-183 34-101
Passing yards 82 31
Passes (att-comp-int) 12-7-1 14-4-1
Punts 4-26.8 7-19.9
Fumbles-lost 4-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 9-67 5-27
RUSHING — Colfax: Li 9-20, McNannay 9-115, Steiger 5-28, Hatley 1-(-4), Teade 6-24; DeSales: Lindgren 17-91, Richard 7-26, Wales 3-4, Baumgart 7-(-20).
PASSING — Colfax: Teade 7-11-0 82 yards 1 TD, McNannay 0-1-1 0 yards; DeSales: Richard 3-10-0 29 yards, Baumgart 1-4-1 2 yards.
RECEIVING — Colfax: Hatley 1-0, McNannay 1-(-3), Buck 1-17, Steiger 2-13, Morgan 1-57-1, Beraducci 1-(-2).