Saturday, September 18, 1999

Purcell-Marian 26, Badin 13


RB shakes bug, rushes for 163 yards

BY MARK SCHMETZER
Enquirer contributor

        HAMILTON — One running back was ill, but not enough to be sidelined.

        His opposite number suffered a season-ending knee injury on the last play of the last practice before the game.

        That may have been the difference Friday night as the Purcell Marian Cavaliers, who were tied for No.8 in The Enquirer's Division II-VI coaches poll, upset No.1 Badin 26-13 in the Greater Catholic League season opener for both teams at Virgil Schwarm Stadium.

        Purcell Marian (3-1, 1-0) had lost the last two games to Badin (3-1, 0-1), both in overtime.

        Jeff Taylor was vomiting toward the end of the school day, but he recovered enough to gain 163 yards on 23 carries, giving the defense enough rest to keep Badin under control for most of the night.

        “I ate a fish sandwich that didn't agree with me,” Taylor said. “But when I saw the crowd and the lights and the No.1 team, I knew I had to get out there.”

        Badin was missing senior fullback-defensive back John Klamo, who suffered torn cartilage in his left knee Thursday.

        “He was our leading rusher, so you would have to assume he would have made a difference,” Badin coach Terry Malone said. “We just got outplayed in the first half.”

        The Cavaliers compiled 290 yards of total offense, including the 23 they lost on a poor punt snap. Purcell Marian held Badin to 127 yards of total offense, and the Rams gained 36 of those on two possessions.

        Both teams played opportunistic football in the first half, but Purcell Marian got more opportunities.

        Purcell Marian punter Matt Cummings couldn't handle a high snap, and Andy Pfister fell on his errant lateral attempt at the Cavaliers' 3-yard line. Josh Turner bulled in on the next play to give Badin the early lead.

        The Cavaliers then converted two interceptions of Tim Wolf passes into touchdowns. Jaime Cooper got the first pickoff, his third of the season, and quarterback Adam White converted it six plays later with a 4-yard bootleg around right end.

        Gerald Lester got the next pickoff on Badin's second play following the touchdown. White kept Purcell Marian's nine-play drive alive with a 15-yard completion to Jaime Cooper on third-and-9, and Justin Blackley cashed in with a 16-yard touchdown run.

        The Rams pulled to within one on Turner's second touchdown with 8:37 left in the game, but the momentum produced by that and Badin's subsequent defensive stop was reversed by a penalty for having too many on the field for Purcell Marian's punt. The Cavaliers capitalized with five more plays, capped by White's 14-yard bootleg for a touchdown.

        Purcell Marian ....... 7  7  0  12—26

        Badin ....... 7  0  0   6—13

        B—Turner 3 run (Roberto kick)

        P—White 4 run (N. Williams kick)

        P—Blackley 16 run (N. Williams kick)

        B—Turner 3 run (kick failed)

        P—White 14 run (kick failed)

        P—Swann 38 interception return (kick blocked)

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