The play was breaking down from the time Kapaun quarterback Brock Monty received the exchange from under center.
With just under five minutes to play in the first half and head coach Dan Adelhardt rolling the dice on a fourth-and-six from East’s 20-yard line, Monty rolled to his left under heavy pressure. As the pocket collapsed on the 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior, he tucked the ball and ran, dancing his way through multiple defenders and extending a 13-play drive that ended in a touchdown and turned the momentum in the Crusaders’ favor on the way to a 35-18 victory.
“I’m just glad we went for it on the fourth down,” Monty said, smiling.
Kapaun struggled early with East quarterback Dominic Webb, who found Joseph Patrick for a 78-yard touchdown pass on the Blue Aces’ first drive. Webb completed 15 of 32 passes for 332 yards.
“It’s very difficult because we didn’t know exactly what to expect from them,” said Adelhardt. “You can practice all you want but game speed is different on a Friday night. They find a seam down the middle and all of a sudden ‘bam’ ... it’s a 48-minute game. You just have to keep battling.”
Mistakes plagued the Blue Aces after their quick start, with penalties and turnovers killing important drives. For every piece of magic Webb provided, including a number of sensational throws and scrambles, more often than not an error would make East’s momentum disappear. It affected all three phases — offense, defense and special teams.
“As soon as the film is uploaded tomorrow morning, I am going to look and see what the defense was doing in those types of situations and figure out what I can do better,” Webb said. “I just forced the ball. I have to do better.”
Webb passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, with Willie Edwards catching the second score. Webb’s big night, however, was upstaged by Kapaun’s Alexander Norris.
Norris rushed for three touchdowns, the last coming with 11:45 to play in the fourth quarter.
“I feel pretty good. Probably won’t feel that good tomorrow, but it’s all worth it,” Norris said. “We have to take it game by game. I’m just forward to our next opponent. I’m just wanting to see what we can do.”