LIMA – The running clock took over in the first quarter.
And that’s all you need to know about how Lima Central Catholic got up early and hit the turbocharger.
Lima Central Catholic rolled to a 47-14 victory over KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Prep Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
The T-Birds led 34-0 with 3:27 left in the first quarter when both coaches agreed to turn to the running clock.
LCC cruised into halftime with a 41-0 lead.
The T-Birds led 47-0 after three quarters before KIPP scored a pair of TDs in the final quarter against the LCC backups.
LCC ran at will and didn’t have much trouble throwing, either.
The T-Birds ran for 318 yards, but most of the yards came from the second-team players.
Shaun Thomas had 56 yards on only four carries. He had TD runs of 1 and 39 yards.
Rossy Moore had 38 yards on three carries.
LCC’s top rushers were sophomores Keiron Bailey (75 on nine carries), Bryan Hines (71 on six) and Quintel Peoples (53 on five).
LCC quarterback Nevan Stolly completed 3 of 4 for 53 yards and two TDs.
The key was the bruising offensive line of center Zac Jacobs, guards Caleb Heider and Keegan Zupan and tackles Ethan Truex and Gavin Laird.
LCC stands 6-1. KIP is 1-6.
“Our goal was to play a lot of guys with limited reps and get out of here without getting anyone hurt,” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “I think we did a great job of that.’’
KIPP had 23 players on its roster, but dressed only 17 on Saturday.
KIPP did have an athletic, run-throw quarterback in junior Tylond Harris. He completed 11 of 21 for 139 yards. He threw two TDs and had two interceptions.
Harris also ran for 37 yards on nine carries.
After Harris, KIPP’s running backs Amauri Collins was held to 3 yards on five carries and Antonio Campbell had 4 yards on eight carries.
KIPP didn’t need to help LCC’s offense, but the Jaguars did anyway.
KIPP had two interceptions and lost two fumbles in the first half to flame the T-Birds offense. KIPP also had two punts which went less than 10 yards.
LCC went 67 yards in five plays on its first drive to score.
On senior night, LCC started backup senior wide receiver Jared Young and he caught a 21-yard TD pass from Nevan Stolly.
Young made a diving grab in the corner of the end zone to give LCC a 7-0 lead with 8:59 left in the first quarter.
For Young, it was not only his first TD, it was his first catch.
“So it was my final game at LCC and coach told me I was starting and I said, ‘Oh, boy, ’’ Young said. “I was excited. Then, they dialed up my number when we got to the red zone. The quarterback put it where it needed to be and the line blocked great.
“It was great, fantastic. That was a very good moment.’’
Added Palte, “I was happy for him. It was senior night and his first catch, it was touchdown. That was pretty cool and I was excited for him and so were the kids. He’s worked hard and stuck with us.’’
KIPP then shanked a -4 yard punt and the T-Birds took over at the KIPP 9.
Two plays later, Thomas went around the right side for a 1-yard TD.
That gave LCC a 14-0 lead with 6:26 left in the first quarter.
LCC made it 20-0 when Dylan Wilson plowed straight ahead for a 7-yard TD.
That capped a two-play drive to give LCC a 20-0 lead with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
KIPP lost a fumble and LCC’s Laird recovered it at the KIPP 11.
On the first play, LCC’s Gus Cira hauled in an 11-yard TD pass from Stolly.
That pushed the LCC lead to 27-0 with 3:55 left in the first.
LCC’s Peoples came up with an interception at the KIPP 39.
On the next play, Thomas ran an inside reverse for a 39-yard TD.
That made it 34-0 at the 3:27 mark of the first.
Bailey’s 9-yard TD run gave LCC a 41-0 lead with 7:42 left before halftime.
LCC travels to Shelby (5-2) next Friday.
“Shelby is Division four and a quality football team,” Palte said. “They have a big, strong quarterback and they’ll be a load.’’
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