The La Salle Lancers rallied behind terrific play by the defense and special teams’ unit en rout to a 27-11 win over Covington Catholic at Lancer Stadium on Friday night.
La Salle (1-1) cruised past the Colonels behind three touchdowns produced by the defense and special teams. Senior defensive back Jaleel Hytchye started the trend with a 66-yard interception that he took to the house in the middle of the first quarter.
The Lancers only offensive touchdown came on their first drive of the game. It took three plays to set up a 21-yard rushing TD by senior running back Jason Bell, which gave La Salle an early 7-0 lead.
La Salle padded their lead when freshman running back Jeremy Larkin returned a punt 65 yards for the score. Less than two minutes later, senior defensive back Lemuel Weyer picked up a fumble and returned it 10 yards for another defensive touchdown. The Lancers forced four turnovers in the game.
Covington Catholic (2-1) broke the shut out when junior kicker Sam Dressman nailed a 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make it 14-3. The Colonels forced a safety, and later scored on a 2-yard rushing touchdown from junior running back Luke Bir in the third quarter.
The Lancers had 215 yards on offense against the Colonels. Freshman quarterback Nick Watson had eight completions on 20 attempts; he finished with 62 passing yards. Junior running back Morgan Wilcox rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries.
Covington Catholic finished the game with 385 yards on offense; they ran 35 more offensive plays than La Salle. Senior quarterback Blake Bir threw for 226 yards completing 46.5 percent of his passes. Senior wide out Ethan Egbers caught six passes for 102 yards on the night.
Up next the Lancers will travel to Princeton on Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm. while the Colonels get set to host the Boone County Rebels on Sept. 8 at 1:00 p.m.
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