Central Catholic crushes CAHS
There were a ton of big plays in Friday’s football game between Connellsville and visiting Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Unfortunately for the Falcons (0-2, 1-4), every single one of those plays went in favor of the Vikings (3-0, 5-0).
Central Catholic had a quarterback sack and fumble for a safety, a punt return for a touchdown and four rushing touchdowns as the Vikings rolled to a 43-3 victory.
“We knew that Central Catholic was a great team and they lived up to expectations,” Connellsville coach Andy Robertson said. “We certainly got an eye full.”
The Falcons saw a lot of Central Catholic running back Eugene Jarvis. In addition to his 111 yards on 12 carries, Jarvis scored three touchdowns.
“He has the ability to do exactly what he did,” Robertson said. “He’s a playmaker and he made the big-time plays.”
But in the first quarter, those big plays were tough to come by as Connellsville did a good job of containing the potent Central Catholic offense.
Connellsville held the Vikings off the scoreboard on their first three possessions as the teams went into the second quarter scoreless.
But in the second quarter, Central Catholic started to put it all together.
Jarvis capped a three-play drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Then a few minutes later, Jarvis found a crack and raced 50 yards for another score. And before the half was over, Adam Young picked up a blocked punt and raced 21 yards untouched for yet another score. It was the first of three special teams tallies by the Vikings.
“There’s really no excuse for that,” Robertson said of the special teams breakdowns. “I wouldn’t expect that to happen even if we were playing Pitt.”
After the third score, Adam Sciulli added the third of four extra points as the Vikings took a 21-0 lead into the half.
In the second half, Connellsville shut down Central Catholic on its opening possession. But things continued to go against Connellsville as a quarterback sack and fumble caused the ball to roll out of the end zone for a safety. Then on the Vikings’ next possession, Jesse McLean needed just one play to race 51 yards for a score to make it 30-0. And as the quarter wound down, Jarvis added one more highlight as he sped through the line for a 32-yard scoring run to make it 37-0.
With a running clock, Central Catholic put an exclamation mark on its win as Lamar Mason fielded a punt at his own 10-yard line and raced 90 yards up the right sideline for another Vikings touchdown.
Connellsville’s lone highlight came with one second left on the clock. The Falcons, behind some nice running from Ryan Geary and Shane Gannon and a few clutch receptions from Aaron Meade, managed to get into field goal territory. Then on the game’s last play, Justin Farrell broke the shutout as he booted a 33-yard field goal.
Connellsville will try to regroup on Friday when they visit Woodland Hills.