Pittsburgh Catholic rebounds to down Clayton Northmont

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Pitt Catholic 34, Northmont 6
The first day of the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs USA Challenge in Cincinnati featured two games that went to overtime and two others that were decided within the last two minutes.  For hard core high school football fans it was mecca. Then came Day 2 which opened with St. Xavier steamrolling DeMatha (MD). That served as a prelude to the defeat Pittsburgh Central Catholic laid on Clayton Northmont to the tune of 34-6.


CINCINNATI – The first day of the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs USA Challenge in Cincinnati featured two games that went to overtime and two others that were decided within the last two minutes.  For hard core high school football fans it was mecca.

Then came Day 2 which opened with St. Xavier steamrolling DeMatha (MD). That served as a prelude to the defeat Pittsburgh Central Catholic laid on Clayton Northmont to the tune of 34-6.

The T-Bolts jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on a three-yard Mark Mays run and things got better from there when C.J. Barnett intercepted a Tino Sunseri pass to give Northmont a chance for an early two score lead.  The T-Bolts, however, wasted the opportunity when four plays failed to pick up a first down.

From that point the game was all Central Catholic.  

The Vikings ran out to a 17-6 halftime lead after blocking a Northmont field goal try as time ran out and added a pair of third quarter touchdowns in a sloppy second half that featured five turnovers, four by Northmont. 

Central Catholic scored two plays following the Thunderbolts turnover on downs when Sunseri connected with Luke McCall for 68 yards.  Matt Oczypok connected on the PAT to give the Vikings a 7-6 lead it would not relinquish.

Oczypok added a 36-yard field goal as the half neared on a drive that featured runs by Sunseri for nine and eight yards.

On the ensuing kick-off, Mays fumbled and McCall picked up the ball and returned it 16-yards for a 17-6 lead that would last into the locker room.

The third quarter didn’t help the Thunderbirds cause. 

D.J. Myers ran for 45 yards on the first Viking play of the second half and three consecutive positive yardage runs by Jeff Knox set up a the play that broke the Thunderbolts’ back.

Dan Vaughan hauled in a pass from Sunseri and drug three Northmont tacklers into the end zone on one of the game’s most impressive individual efforts.  

Another Northmont fumble late in the third quarter set up the game’s final touchdown.  Once again it was Vaughan with a 20-yard run over left tackle. The lead was 31-6.

Oczypok added a second field goal, this time from 33-yards, following another Northmont fumble.

A pair of sophomores, Myers and Knox, paced the Viking backfield as they combined for 109 yards on the ground with Myers carrying seven times for 66 yards and Knox adding 42 yards on eight carries.

 

Vaughan , was the difference maker in the game for Central Catholic.  He ran for 41 yards on six carries with a touchdown and caught two passes for 31 yards and another score.  Sunseri completed five-of-10 passes for 122 yards and two scores and was intercepted once.

 

Korey Ringer led Northmont with 48 yards on 10 carries. Mays added 26 yards on five carries and a score.

 

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