INDIANAPOLIS—Success early never means the same later on, even if it is about 22 minutes.
On their offense's opening play, Roncalli quarterback Tommy Young aired it out deep to Brandon Banta, who pulled it in to for the 77 yard score to tie the game up at seven.
It was a deadlock at 10 with just under two minutes to go, when the Rebels tried to repeat their deep ball success. Needless to say, lighting didn't strike twice, but Cathedral did.
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Kofi Hughes helped lead the Irish on a 65 yard drive down the field in the final minute, diving in from two yards out for the touchdown to give Cathedral the 17-10 halftime lead. The late score awoke the Irish, who followed the late score with 38 unanswered points in the second half, leading to a 55-10 win over Roncalli.
Such a result would have seemed unlikely though the first 22-and-a-half minutes of the game, when the two Catholic school rivals traded blows and scores throughout the first half. Cathedral ran right down the field on the game's first drive, with Nick Najem finishing it off with a two yard touchdown run to make it 7-0. Roncalli countered with Banta's long touchdown reception right after and another long drive gave the Rebels a chance to score, but Drew Oehrle's field goal attempt was blocked by Schyler Montefalco.
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Oehrle would make his second field goal attempt from 36 yards in the second quarter to tie the game after a Scott Miller field goal had given Cathedral a brief 10-7 lead. Roncalli got the ball back with just over two minutes left and got one first down before the interception and eventual touchdown drive by the Irish.
Cathedral's 38 second half points made the close game a laugher, and gave the Irish their highest point total of the 2009 season and their most since scoring 61 last season in a win over Gary Wallace. It followed a 49 point scoring game in a win over Arlington, which was the team's previous high for points this season.
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In improving to 5-1 the Irish will now face an out of state opponent, as Nequa Valley, Ill. comes to Indianapolis to face the Irish at the University of Indianapolis' Key Stadium. Roncalli will hit the road to face Martinsville, who has been one of the surprises of the 2009 high school football season in central indiana.