Football: Holy Innocents’ stays unbeaten in region after win over Pinecrest
By Dunn Neugebauer
It was a Friday night shellacking in terms of Holy Innocents’ football, as the Bears blanked home team Pinecrest 35-0 to run their record to 4-1, 2-0 in Region 5A. With the victory, the Golden Bears now prepare for Homecoming – a Saturday night conference date against Mt. Pisgah.
“We played well at times,” Coach Ryan Livezey said of Friday’s blanking. “We played well enough where we could get our younger kids a lot of playing time in the second half. This was important, as we could need some of these kids as the season goes on.”
The Bears got three touchdowns from tailback Jason Grimes in this one; Lee Davis and Owen Penn both added one each. Davis was the leading Bear rusher – he had 79 yards on six carries. Quarterback John Galloway picked up 74 yards on eight carries and also passed for 31 yards; Grimes gained 60 yards on four touches and Penn had two carries for 57 yards and also had a big 31-yard pass reception.
Defensively, Charlie Robertson and Holland Hailey both picked up eight tackles each. Robertson also had a fumble recovery and a tackle for a loss. E.J. Thurmond had four tackles, one for a loss and a quarterback hurry and Justin Fashaw had two tackles, one for a loss, a QB hurry and a blocked punt.
Luke Wright, starting in his first defensive game, amassed three tackles, one for a loss and had a fumble recovery. Sam Jokerst intercepted a pass to keep the Bear’s shutout in the books.
Looking at the injury report, Howard Joe was out Friday and is questionable again for this week due to tendonitis in his knee. Two others who are day-to-day include Wes Fanning (sprained ankle) and Alex Nichols (concussion).
Moving ahead to this Saturday, Livezey expects his Bears will have their hands full come 7:30 p.m. kickoff against the 3-1 Mt. Pisgah team.
“They are playing very well,” he said. “They’ve got a good quarterback who’s throwing for around 250 yards per game, plus they’re running the ball a lot better. This team is very capable of putting a lot of points on the board.
“We’re going to have to do a good job on defense and we’re going to have to control the ball on offense. It’s going to be a challenge.”