Dayton Chaminade-Julienne nets first win; Hess throws three TDs, runs for another

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C-J 37, Thurgood Marshall 18

By slowing things down, Chaminade-Julienne picked up the
pace Thursday. The Eagles, who were overwhelmed at Northmont last week, bounced
Dayton Thurgood Marshall, 37-18, at Welcome Stadium to record an impressive
win. Led by junior QB Kurt Hess, C-J scored on six of its first seven possessions en route to a 37-0 lead after three quarters. Halftime created the blemish. 


DAYTON – By slowing things down, Chaminade-Julienne picked up the
pace Thursday. The Eagles, who were overwhelmed at Northmont last week, bounced
Dayton Thurgood Marshall, 37-18, at Welcome Stadium to record an impressive
win.

Led by junior quarterback Kurt Hess, C-J scored on six of
its first seven possessions en route to a 37-0 lead after three quarters.
Halftime created the blemish.

Hess completed 15-of-23 passes for 210 yards and three first
half touchdowns. He also added a 16-yard touchdown run.

“I was real pleased with how we performed offensively,” C-J
coach Andy Helms said. “To be honest with you we dumbed some stuff down this
week and tried to make sure we protected (Kurt) and just tried to throw and
catch. We wanted to be sound, get our receivers open and make some plays. We
were able to do that.”

Last week Hess threw for two TDs in a 25-12 loss to
Northmont, but for the most part he played the game under duress. Thursday he
was collected.

“We were disappointed about Northmont,” Hess said. “But we
got past that and came out strong tonight. We wanted to come out and execute
and we did. We had a good night.”

During one stretch in the first half, three straight C-J
possessions ended in a Hess TD toss. Zach Kauth (49 yards), Dedrick Goddard
(12) and Mike Raiff (eight) caught the aerials.

“(Kurt) made sound decisions tonight,” Helms said. “He
didn't force anything and that's what you want. He set his feet and was
efficient.”

Marshall’s offense didn’t get in gear until C-J’s second string
entered in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars and their wing-T attack gained 30 yards on the
first four plays of the game and then mustered just 12 yards on the next 22.
Through three quarters, Marshall had 80 yards.

In the fourth quarter, junior fullback Michael Fletcher
scored two TDs (57 and 42 yards) and senior Ryan Jones had one (15). In the
final eight minutes, Marshall generated 189 yards.

Last year the wing-T helped the Cougars produce four
1,000-yard runners, 44 points per game, a 9-2 record and the school’s (then Colonel White) first
playoff berth.

Coupled with last week’s 35-6 setback to Valley View,
Marshall is now 0-2.

“Expectations are extremely high, and we’re just not living
up to them,” Cougars coach Earl White said. “We can’t live off last year. We’ve
got to make our own destiny and we’re just not getting it done.”

Marshall attempted two passes.

“Centerville don’t pass. Carroll don’t pass. Alter don’t
pass. They execute,” White said. “That’s what we’re trying to get our kids to
understand on a consistent basis. It’s Ohio. They play football here.”

Thursday, C-J played it well.

“It was important for us to get off to a good start, take care of the ball and put points on the board,” Helms said. “I don't think we punted until the fourth quarter.”

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