LIMA — Lima Central Catholic was able to crank out three offensive plays.
Then, the lightning crashed through the area.
After the lightning passed through, on came the LCC offensive assault on Toledo Rogers.
LCC cruised to a 60-7 steamrolling of Rogers on Friday night at Spartan Stadium.
LCC and Toledo Rogers were locked in a lightning delay for an hour and 10 minutes, before the game resumed at 8:10 p.m.
LCC stands 4-1. Rogers is 3-2, including a forfeit win last week against Columbus KIPP.
LCC ran nearly at will and led 40-7 after the first quarter.
The T-Birds ended up running for 518 yards.
“We had a goal this week to get better and I feel like the whole team did,” LCC running back Rossy Moore said.
LCC led 54-7 at the half and played its backups in the second half.
“Our kids really came out ready to play,” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “We talked all week about taking the Mogadore victory and building off it and used that as motivation. Our kids came out hot, then 27 seconds in, we had to take a (lightning) break. Then, we came right back out and scored, and I thought our entire team played really well and had a great effort.’’
LCC’s defense also had one its top games, holding Rogers to 12 yards rushing and 90 total yards.
LCC rolled out plenty of Shaun Thomas and a lot of Moore to trample the Rams in the first half.
In fact, in the opening quarter Moore had a blocked punt, a fumble recovery and three TDs.
At the half, Moore had 10 carries for 87 yards. He had TD runs of 27 and 13, with a 25-yard TD catch.
“Really, the highlight was the line and my blockers,” Moore said. “They do everything for me.’’
Added Palte, “He (Moore) was all over the place. That’s a heck of a quarter. That’s a full night for a lot of people and he had that in one quarter. He plays hard every play and good things happen to guys who hustle.’’
Thomas at halftime had nine carries for 138 yards. He had TD runs of 8, 34 and 14 yards.
There was also Dylan Wilson, who had six carries for 81 yards.
LCC rested Moore, Thomas and Rogers on offense in the second half.
LCC sophomore Bryan Hines chipped in with eight carries for 121 yards. He had a 12-yard TD.
Sophomore Keiron Bailey added 12 carries for 61 yards. He had TDs of 17 and 8 yards.
When the lightning hit, LCC had the ball at the Rogers’ 30 with 11:33 left in the first quarter.
Four plays later, Thomas turned the right corner for an 8-yard TD.
That gave the T-Birds a 7-0 lead with 10:02 left in the first quarter.
Rogers’ offense sputtered, but it got worse for the Rams.
The snap on the punt flew well over the Rams punter’s head and LCC recovered at the Rams 25.
On the next play, LCC’s Nevan Stolly hit Moore for a 25-yard TD pass.
Just like that, the T-Birds led 13-0 with 8:48 left in the opener quarter.
The Rams cut the lead to 13-7 on the next play when Shonjae Gibson returned the kickoff 90 yards for a TD.
That came with 8:34 left in the first quarter.
LCC then went 68 yards in five plays for a score.
Moore got loose for a 27-yard TD and LCC led 20-7 with 7:18 left in the first.
The Rams’ punting game continued to hit a huge pothole.
Rams punter Gibson had his punt blocked by Moore and LCC jumped on the ball at the Rogers 36.
“Coach Palte saw a gap and he was thinking they’d let me up the middle and they did,” Moore said. “I just tried to make a play. It was cool, but I was tired.’’
Three plays after Moore’s block, it was Moore who ran for a 13-yard TD.
That gave LCC a 27-7 lead with 5:09 left in the opening quarter.
Thomas’ 34-yard TD pushed the LCC lead to 34-7 with 2:17 left in the first quarter.
Rogers then lost a fumble on the next kickoff.
And who else but Moore recovered it.
LCC sophomore Keiron Bailey ripped off a 17-yard TD run and LCC led by a staggering 40-7 with 2:02 left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Thomas’ 14-yard TD gave LCC a 47-7 lead.
Hines’ 12-yard TD run made it 54-7 with 2:51 before halftime.
Moore said the team rode a crest of momentum after last week’s victory on the road at state power Mogadore.
“That should have given us a lot of respect, but we’re still ranked lower than them in the A.P. poll. That just puts a chip on our shoulder to go out and do whatever we can to play our best,” Moore said.
Added Palte, “That victory (over Mogadore) can really build a lot of confidence. I think that win was key and was a big momentum booster, and we rode that wave tonight.’’
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