It’s great when a plan comes together, and it did for Catholic Friday as the Knights demolished region foe Ashford 30-0. In the game, Catholic running back Darrell Gibson had another 100 yard plus game and surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the season. But Gibson’s effort came in the second half after the Knights passing game loosened the Ashford defense. “That was the plan. We figured they would key on Darrell and they did. So we took to the air and spread them out. In the second half we gave it to Darrell and he made sure we expanded our lead,” Catholic coach Aubrey Blackwell said.
“We are basically a run offense. When we passed a good bit in the first half it put them where we wanted them,” Knights quarterback Christian Ivey said. Ivey was 12 of 20 for 144 yards.
Catholic drove down the field on its first possession and settled for a 28 yard Michael Russo field goal to go ahead 3-0. Ashford’s defense remained tough but eventually surrendered a touchdown when Ivey connected with D.J. Carter for a 33 yard touchdown pass with only 32 seconds remaining in the first half. Catholic held a 10-0 lead at halftime.
The Catholic running game flourished quickly in the second half after Ashford was expecting the passing attack to continue. Gibson got back to normal and carried the ball on seven consecutive plays to put Catholic up 16-0 late in the third quarter. The 71 yard drive was earned solely on the ground by Gibson.
Until the fourth quarter neither team had turned the ball over, but on the first two plays of the final period the teams exchanged mistakes. Ivey was intercepted on the first play of the fourth quarter and then Ashford fumbled on the next play with C.J. Person grabbing the loose ball. Catholic was certainly the beneficiary of the swap since the Knights inherited good field position on the Yellow Jackets 20 yard line. Once again it was all Gibson. Three straight runs and Gibson collected another 20 yards and a touchdown to put the Knights ahead 23-0.
Ivey scrambled and threw to Myles Butler for a 14 yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone to conclude scoring for the game. Ashford fumbled again on its next possession which was recovered by Nathan Downes.
“I was proud of the guys for the comeback tonight after that tough loss last week. I like our position in the region right now sitting at 4-0. We still got a lot of football to play and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we’re happy with our progress,” Blackwell said.
Catholic is now 5-2 overall and will host Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee for homecoming next week.