St. Joseph-Ogden tumbles at Central Catholic, slideshow & recap

BLOOMINGTON -- Late in the second quarter of their road football game at Central Catholic, the St. Joseph-Ogden football team had the ball inside the five-yard-line poised to score. The Saints repelled at one-yard dive play and then a fourth-and-goal pass attempt by the Spartans. It was a palatable moment in the game that supercharged both the BCC offense and defense on their way to a 42-20 win over SJO.

Taking possession on the two-yard line, Central Catholic marched down the field 98 yards with ease to take the lead on an 18-yard pass from Central's Colin Hayes to Ryan Hoeferle to break the tie on the scoreboard with 31 seconds left in the half.

Colin Wayland and Aiden McCorkle bring down Central Catholic's ball carrier.

Spartans' Colin Wayland and Aiden McCorkle bring down Central Catholic's ball carrier. The St. Joseph-Ogden defense gave up 455 yards in the team's 42-20 loss on Friday.
Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Unable to regain their first quarter swagger and precision when action resumed after halftime, the St. Joseph-Ogden offensive effort against an embolden and confidenet BCC defensive unit yielded just 22 yards in the second half.

Junior Justice Wertz led the Spartans' ground attack with 66 yards. Coy Taylor was held to just 15 yards rushing, and Tyler Burch ran the ball in on 4-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

SJO's passing game faired better against BCC. Taylor caught 12 passes for 132 yards, including one for a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Burch, a senior, caught a 19-yarder in the first quarter.

Logan Smith finished the game 13-for-24, passing for 151 yards and had a negative seven yards rushing.

In stark contrast, the Saints, who moved to 4-2 overall, finished contest with 455 total yards against SJO's 170.

The Spartans, now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in IPC, hosts Pontiac this Friday. For a quaranteed playoff berth, SJO has to win this week's game and beat the last two teams on their schedule, which include Rantoul and Paxton-Buckley-Loda.

Game Slideshow

St. Joseph-Ogden at Bloomington Central Catholic
September 30, 2022

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