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Marian Catholic Uses Powerful Ground Game To Run Past Schuylkill Haven

Colts Adjust, Shut Down Hurricanes Marian Catholic Uses Powerful Ground Game To Run Past Schuylkill Haven.

September 10, 1998by ROBERT FLEXER, The Morning Call

Successful football teams adjust Kareem Martin M Jersey to situations, and that's just what Marian Catholic did in its big 14 6 season opening win over Schuylkill Haven last week.

The Colts, with Brent Andrew at the controls, had been a passing team for several seasons.

But Andrew graduated after leading Marian to two appearances in District 11 Class 2A championship games, and Marian coaches figured some things had to change.

New quarterback Matt Leitzel threw the ball only 10 times against Schuylkill Haven, and the running backs and line attacked a bigger Hurricane defensive front 46 times, not counting the 11 times Leitzel either took off with the ball or was sacked.

"They have gotten better every day," Head Coach Stan (Dick) Dakosty said of his team. "They are blue collar, lunch box kids.

"We threw the ball a lot the last couple of years, Kareem Martin Jersey but we decided we had to be more physical this year."

The 251 yard effort on the ground wasn't unexpected, especially with the way the Colts preformed in their final scrimmage against Easton, a team that beat Glen Mills in its season opener.

"We scrimmaged very well last week, and we took them off the ball," Dakosty said. "I think that gave our kids a lot of confidence because we wanted to control the line of scrimmage."

The Colts ran the ball the first 10 plays of the game before attempting a pass. They worked their way to the Schuylkill Haven 11 before an interception ended the lengthy drive.

The Hurricanes responded with a 4 play, 45 yard scoring march with Buddy Fegley going in on an 11 yard run.

Schuylkill Haven led 6 0 before Marian used a 29 yard screen pass from Fegley to Joe Ott, and a 27 yard run by Justin Barrasso to move into position for an 8 yard touchdown run by Cory Balliet with 6 minutes, 19 seconds to play in the third quarter.

Balliet, who got the most work out of any of the Marian running backs, finished with 20 carries for 113 yards.

He had two carries for 11 yards late in another third quarter march that led to Derek Varner's 2 yard scoring run on the opening play John Brown 5XL Jersey of the final quarter.

With John Brown XXXXXL Jersey about 3 minutes to play, Fegley turned a short pass into a 50 yard gain, but Balliet caused a fumble at the end of the play, also recovering the ball.
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