Sunday, August 29, 1999

Elder 35, Walsh Jesuit 7

Panthers' Carey throws five TDs

Enquirer contributor

Elder's Collin Carey tries to break away from Walsh Jesuit's Ryan Robinette.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        After Walsh Jesuit refused to exchange scrimmage films with Elder, it started a psychological battle that carried over into Saturday's game at Nipper Stadium.

        What a mistake the Warrior coaching staff made.

        If the Walsh Jesuit had watched Elder against Princeton, they would have known that Panther quarterback Collin Carey can accurately throw the ball with Phil Rueve the primary receiver.

        The Carey-to-Rueve combination, coupled with a steady running attack, was more than Walsh Jesuit could handle in a 35-7 setback to Elder in the third game of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

        “They started the game playing an eight-man front,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “The touchdown passes were called by Collin at the line. After the TDs, they dropped the defenders back.”

        Carey was on target throughout the game. He completed 13-of-23 for 229 yards and five TDs in his first varsity start.

Elder's Phil Rueve celebrates a touchdown.
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        “The game plan was to take what they gave us,” said a smiling Carey, who was named the most valuable player. “Last year I got in several games, but this was my first start and I'm happy about it.”

        Rueve, who tied Bill Mezger for the most receptions with four, may have been the happi est of all the Elder players.

        “I didn't think I would start, and just hoped that I would get in for a few snaps this season,” Rueve, a 5-8, 150-pound senior wide receiver, said. “As it turned out, I alternate plays with No. 85 (Chris Braun).”

        Rueve's 44-yard reception for a TD in the first quarter with 8:31 remaining set the stage for the Elder romp.

        Less than two minutes later, Rueve caught a 10-yard aerial from Carey for a 14-0 lead and what proved to be a wake-up call for the highly touted Walsh Jesuit defense.

        Elder added single TDs in the second, third and fourth quarters on three more Carey passes, while Walsh Jesuit scored with 9:49 remaining on a two-yard run by Dan Basch.

        “The defense played great tonight except for two series,” Ramsey said. “Pat Brunner was outstanding at linebacker but we also used him at defensive end and he did well.”

        The Panthers limited Walsh Jesuit to 120 yards rushing and 95 passing, while the Elder generated 175 yards rushing and 244 through the air.

        “We need to wake up and look at ourselves in the mirror, both the players and the coaches,” Walsh Jesuit assistant coach Kevin Grogan said. Head coach Gerry Rardin was recovering from surgery.

        Walsh Jesuit ....... 0  0  0  7— 7

        Elder ....... 14  7  7  7—35

        E-Rueve 44 pass from Carey (DeFranco kick)

        E-Rueve 10 pass from Carey (DeFranco kick)

        E-Wainscott 4 pass from Carey (DeFranco kick)

        E-Braun 15 pass from Carey (DeFranco kick)

        J-Basch 2 run (Andrea kick)

        E-Mezger 5 pass from Carey (DeFranco kick)

        Attendance: 8,000 estimated


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