Riley shines over rival Rogersville

Riley shines over rival Rogersville

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Irish moved to 7-1 on the season with a hard fought win over Greene County rival, Rogersville. The Irish came out strong forcing the Wildcats to a 3 & out. The Irish were up next but were not able to convert on a 4th down in Rogersville territory. The defense continued to play strong and eventually the scoring was started with a 56-yard scamper up the middle by Tyson Riley. The offensvie line opened up a nice gap on the right side of the line and the rest was history. Catholic added another score at 7:19 in the 2nd quarter with a 6-yard screen pass from Tyson Riley to Lincoln Jones. Tyson Riley would add another 2-points on the conversion bringing the score to 15-0.

The Irish would receive the ball after halftime but the Rogersville defense made a stand just past midfield. The Wildcats took advantage of the momentum and put together a 10-play drive that would end with a 5-yard slant to get on the board. Rogersville had seemed to make some headway after holding the Irish on downs forcing another punt. However, that momentum quickly shifted after a mis-handled Wildcat punt return recovered by Jacob Straus. From that point on, the Irish never looked back. 

Heath Southwick added another 6 points on a 3-yard run near the end of the 3rd quarter to take the game to 22-7. The Irish defense added another pivotal takeaway when George Hall made a big hit on the ball carrier, forcing a fumble that would be picked up by Hunter Brown and advanced it to the Rogersville 5-yard line. Tyson Riley took advantage of the favorable field position and punched in another carry to make the game 29-7.

The Irish took that lead into the 4th quarter and added a final Tyson Riley touchdown with 7:20 remaining. Final score 36-7.

The Irish defense played solid and for the 6th time this season, held their opponents to 7 points or less. Drew Davis led the defense with 6 total tackles. Tyson Riley lead the offense with four total touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 passing).

The Irish will travel to Reeds Spring next week to take on the 6-2 Wolves. Both teams are unbeaten in COC Small play, the conference championship will be on the line.