All units contribute to Catholic victory

What started as a showdown between ranked teams from different classifications turned into a showcase for Catholic High.

The fifth-ranked Class 5A Bears scored touchdowns on special teams and defense to go along with 138 rushing yards on 16 carries with two TDs from Derrius Guice in a 28-6 victory over 3A Parkview Baptist Friday night at Olympia Stadium.

Rain and lightning delayed the start of the season opener for just more than an hour. Catholic coach Dale Weiner told his team to control what they could. And that turned out to be Parkview.

“It was a total team effort … I couldn’t be prouder of them,” Weiner said. “We scored on offense, defense and special teams. Hats off to Parkview and Kenny (Guillot, PBS coach). They have a great program. Our defense stopped them on the first possession, and then the offense went down and scored. That set the tone.”

The Bears tallied 233 yards. Parkview, ranked third in 3A, ended up with 185 yards but only got into Catholic territory a couple of times. Aaron Leonard, who scored on a 48-yard run, led PBS (0-1) with 52 yards on six carries. Alex Ginn had a fumble recovery for the Eagles.

“They did to us what we like to do,” Guillot said. “They got the lead and then they pounded the ball. You’ve got to give it to them they’ve got a good football team and played hard.”

Catholic scored on a long drive, a kick return and an interception in the first half.

Guice muffed a 58-yard punt by Parkview’s Tom Wing, which pinned the Bears at their 15 for the first possession.

Less than four minutes later, Catholic used 10 plays to score. Guice contributed a 26-yard run to the drive and scored on a 14-yard scamper with 6:51 left in the first quarter.

Weiner credited quarterback Nick Coomes for checking the Bears into the proper play four times during the pivotal drive. The first of Jack Gonsoulin’s four PAT kicks made it 7-0.

Freshman Clyde Edwards-Helaire introduced himself to high school football with a splash, returning the next PBS punt 72 yards for TD with 4:38 to go in the first quarter. Connor Bowen returned an interception 36 yards for a TD with 5:02 left in the half to make it 21-0.

A 32-yard run by Houston Robert powered the best PBS drive into the Catholic red zone. But the surge dissolved under the pressure of a costly penalty and the Catholic defense. Taylor Black’s 30-yard field goal attempt was off the mark.

The complexion changed some in the third quarter. Guice powered a 61-yard drive to open the quarter with runs of 17 and 18 yards. He scored on a 2-yard that made it 28-0 at the 9:33 mark.

Guice left the game with a bruised thigh during Catholic’s next possession. Moments later Parkview got the 48-yard scoring run by Leonard, which made the score 28-6 with 3:48 left in the third quarter.