Irish fall to Reeds Spring in COC title game

Irish fall to Reeds Spring in COC title game

REEDS SPRING, MO — The Irish traveled to Reeds Spring on Friday to battle the Wolves in what would be the final COC Small championship. The two teams shared the title along with Bolivar in the 2016 campaign after Bolivar beat Catholic, Reeds beat Bolivar, and Catholic beat Reeds in the final regular season game of the year. This year the title would fall the way of the Wolves.

Reeds received the opening kickoff and started from their own 20 after another Logan Brock touchback. The Wolves set the tone early, showing off their stong running game and opened the scoring with a 4 play, 80-yard TD drive. Catholic received the Reeds Spring kickoff but failed to convert on their first offensive series and were forced to punt from deep in their own territory. The Wolves watched the punt roll out of bounds and set up their second drive from inside the Catholic 40-yard line and scored on their first play of scrimmage extending their lead to 14-0.

The Irish would bounce back by answering with a 14-play drive, capped off with a Tyson Riley run from the Reeds Spring 1-yard line. Logan Brock would send another kickoff behind the goal line for a touchback. However, Reeds set up shop and went right back to their running game. The Wolved moved quickly across midfiedl and scored for the 3rd time in the first quarter 21-7.

Catholic fought hard to get back in the game but the swarming Wolves defense would not yield another score. Reeds tacked on a 4th touchdown before haltime and a final score in with 5:43 remaining in the game. 

The Irish look forward to regrouping and focusing their efforts to the Class 3, District 3 bracket that is ahead of them. The Irish will start off post-season play by hosting Osage next Friday (10/20) at 7:00pm. All play moving forward is single elimination and Catholic moves into the post-season as a 3-seed in their 8-team bracket.