The Alter Knights dropped the big one – over and over again – on a
shell-shocked Chaminade-Julienne squad, 56-7, Friday night in a
surprisingly non-competitive regular season finale at Centerville
Stadium. In so doing, they secured yet another undisputed Greater Catholic
League North Division championship for one of the region’s most
CENTERVILLE (MVP) – The Alter Knights dropped the big one – over and over again – on a shell-shocked Chaminade-Julienne squad, 56-7, Friday night in a surprisingly non-competitive regular season finale at Centerville Stadium.
In so doing, they secured yet another undisputed Greater Catholic League North Division championship for one of the region’s most decorated programs.
“This was my last regular season game,” senior quarterback Austin Boucher wistfully said. “We wanted the win. We were hungry for it, and luckily it ended up in our favor. It was a fun game. Tonight was our Senior Night and we’ll remember this one forever.
Alter (8-2, 7-0 GCL-N) scored touchdowns the first six times they touched the ball – on nasty clock-eating drives of 59, 80, 72, 28, 64, and 80 yards – to drain this football game of anything that even remotely resembled drama.
“This is such a big rivalry for us,” Alter head coach Ed Domsitz said after the game. “And you never enter a game thinking that this one might be 56-7. All I cared about going into tonight was making sure that we were on the winning side—you know, to make sure we had the most points.
“We ran the ball pretty consistently in the first half. We didn’t have to throw a lot, although we feel that we can throw with our quarterback and receivers. When we did throw we were effective, but it was our defense that made the difference.”
The Knights did nothing fancy Friday night, except perhaps when they executed an ill-advised onside kick at 6:06 of the third quarter with the score standing at a not-very-threatening, 42-0.
What could they have possibly been thinking? When you consider that the entire right hand side of the Knight’s kickoff unit circled behind the left hand side before the kick it is obvious that the play call was no mistake.
Alter doesn’t look like your typical 8-2 team, and without two forfeits for using an ineligible role player during the first two weeks of the season, they would be undefeated and, frankly, unchallenged for the season. This team appears to have an excellent shot at running the table.
On this night, the Knights ran their signature wishbone attack with efficiency, took care of the football, and knocked people down on a fairly consistent basis.
Fans, who might have been wondering if they are prepared for the OHSAA Division IV football playoffs starting next week, should rest assured: this team is ready.
With Friday night’s victory, Alter is likely to host a first round game. They will learn more concerning their official fate sometime late on Sunday.
With the loss, C-J’s (6-4, 5-2 GCL-N) season is probably over. And they will have to come to terms at some point with the fact that they failed to complete five long crossing patterns during this game–all of which were open–three of which probably would have been scoring plays.
Sometimes the difference between blowout and shootout can be paper thin. For head coach Andy Helms and the Eagles’ faithful, this could be a long winter.
Alter had 413 yards of total offense (327 rushing) for the evening.
Boucher had 86 yards on 7-for-11 passing (and 26 yards rushing and a TD on three carries) for the Knights. Junior RB Cody Taulbee had 146 yards and a touchdown on just eleven carries.
Calvert Grant (53 yards), Justin Hall (38 yards and 1 TD), and Mike Surgee (18 yards and 2 TDs) also contributed to the winning cause.
C-J had only 49 yards of total offense at the half (142 for the game). Senior quarterback, Kurt Hess, led the way for the Eagles with 51 yards on 9-for-29 passing.
BTW: If anyone in the Miami Valley has a stronger arm than Mr. Hess does, this writer has not seen it.
“I thought our defense played a great game,” Domsitz continued. “The Hesse kid is a fine quarterback. They definitely have some speed on the outside, but our kids did a great job. I thought they dropped some passes that could have really helped them out.”
Alter plays with a lot of confidence and that is because they are a reflection of their confident coaching staff.
“We truly believe that we can run the football,” the coach said. “Our line has been tremendous at run blocking and pass blocking all season. We’ve had teams that have been good at run blocking and others have been good at pass blocking, but this team is good at both and that makes them pretty darn special.”
When Brookville High School (10-0, 6-0 Southwestern Buckeye League-Southwest Division) prevailed 27-20 in a thriller over Valley View, they made a first round match up with the Knights in the D-IV playoffs next week a very real possibility.
For the Domsitz clan that is both a good and a bad thing.
“My brother Joe coaches the offensive and defensive lines there,” the veteran Alter coach laughed. “Maybe it might be better to wait a week if we were to play them. That might be tough on the family.
“Since my nephew plays on the team, too, it might be best for us to not even play Brookville right now. My Mother is here and she is already stressed over the possibility. They’ve had an amazing season.”
Brookville clinched a SWBL-SW title with their big win on Friday night.
In the not too distant future, a rematch of last year’s 59-52 triple-overtime regional final classic between Alter and defending state D-IV champion Coldwater could become a reality.
Now, that is something worth waiting for.
“The coaches have prepared us for what we might face in the playoffs, and we do still remember last year after all (laughs),” Boucher said. “I truly believe that we are ready for the challenge.”