LIMA — Once Lima Central Catholic’s passing game hit full throttle, there was no stopping it.
LCC moved the ball nearly at will in the first half and cruised to a 50-3 victory over Worthington at Spartan Stadium.
LCC quarterback Evan Unruh completed 8 of 13 passes for 270 yards and six TDs.
And consider that all of Unruh’s work came in the first half.
LCC led 42-3 at the half and Unruh didn’t take a snap in the second half.
LCC’s Billy Bourk had two catches for 79 yards, with TDs of 42 and 37 yards.
LCC’s Traves Hoyle had three receptions for 53 yards, with TDs of 10 and 36 yards.
On the ground, Keiron Bailey rolled for 70 yards on eight carries. Unruh had five carries for 51 yards.
LCC is 5-1. Worthington Christian (4-1) is coached by St. Henry product Jeff Hartings, who played at Penn State and went on to play for the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in 2005.
Defensively, LCC held the Warriors to 2 yards rushing and 62 yards passing.
LCC sacked Worthington quarterback Hobie Raikes five times.
“Our guys did a great job putting pressure on their quarterback and didn’t give him any time to find him (receiver Correll Amsbaugh),” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “I thought our D-line played really well harassing the quarterback.’’
On the third play from scrimmage, off a third-and-6, LCC’s Unruh hit Carson Parker on a crossing pattern. Parker took the pass and went 69 yards for a TD.
“We tried to flood the zone on the left side and Carson caught the ball and showed some speed there, as he caught it, got up the field and turned on the jets,” Palte said. “That was a big play for us to get up 7-0 early.’’
That gave LCC a quick 7-0 lead with 10:33 left in the first quarter. The T-Birds only needed three plays to score.
LCC went three plays and 65 yards for its next score.
This time Unruh hit a wide-open Bourke for a 42-yard TD.
That gave LCC a 14-0 lead with 8:05 left in the first quarter.
Worthington Christian got within 14-3 on a 37-yard field goal by Grant Woodfin with 5:00 left in the first quarter.
LCC made it 21-3 on a 66-yard TD pass from Unruh to Quintel Peoples. That came with 3:44 in the first quarter.
“The first drive they really attacked us and had eight guys coming on every snap for the run,” Palte said. “We thought we could really get some things in the passing game. We have a good quarterback and a really good group of receivers so we feel comfortable doing that (throwing the ball).’’
Early in the second quarter, the T-Birds went to the ground and Bailey pounded out some hard-earned yards.
Unruh then threw his fourth TD pass of the game, a 10-yarder to Hoyle and the LCC lead mushroomed to 28-3 with 10:14 left before halftime.
Unruh came back with a 36-yard TD pass to Hoyle to kick the margin to 35-3 with 3:08 left before halftime.
Bourk caught his second TD in the first half, with a diving grab in the end zone, for a 37-yard TD pass from Unruh.
“Billy’s really improved as the year has gone on,” Palte said. “He’s 6-5 target with good hands. He’s quite a weapon. He had a quite a game, not just catching, but also blocking.’’
That gave LCC a 42-3 lead with 21 seconds left in the half.
“I didn’t expect this (a blowout),” Palte said. “I think it was one of those things where the ball got rolling and it went downhill (for Worthington) with big play after big play.’’
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