It would have been easy for Kapaun Mount Carmel to look ahead to next week’s nationally televised showdown against Bishop Carroll. But with the Crusaders sitting at 2-2 and just a handful of plays from being 4-0, coach Dan Adelhardt wanted his players to focus on this week’s game against undermanned West.
The Crusaders did just that, dominating in all phases of the game from start to finish in a 63-0 rout of the Pioneers.
“We’ve needed to put a complete game together,” Adelhardt said. “And this was the only game we were playing this week. Next week is next week, and this week is this week.”
About the only thing missing from Kapaun’s dominating effort was a touchdown by the defense. And it would have gotten that, except a facemask penalty wiped out Jonathan Truman’s 46-yard interception return. It was the only glaring mistake the Crusaders made in the game.
It was hardly fatal. Kapaun ended up punting four plays later, and Truman eventually got his touchdown on an 8-yard run on the Crusaders’ opening drive of the second half for a 42-0 lead.
Dyllon Knox ran for 120 yards on 12 carries and reached the end zone three times. Keaton Lewis completed his first four passes for 70 yards, including two touchdown passes of 15 and 26 yards. And the special teams got into the act when Zac Rasmussen, who caught Lewis’ first touchdown pass, returned a punt 55 yards with 1 minute, 27 seconds left in the first half for a 35-0 lead.
Chris Hayes, who caught Lewis’ other scoring toss, made the block along the sideline that allowed Rasmussen to cut back to the middle of the field and outrace the Pioneers’ punt team to the end zone.
“I lost the ball at first,” Rasmussen said. “But then I saw I had blocking and Chris’ block really set it off for me.”
West coach Heath Henderson was hard-pressed to find anything positive about the result.
“I got to see some of the younger kids play hard,” he said. “That’s my silver lining.”
Now Rasmussen and his teammates can turn their attention to their rivals. That ESPNU is billing Carroll quarterback and Oklahoma recruit Blake Bell as the main attraction doesn’t bother the Crusaders.
“We’re usually seen as the underdog (against Carroll),” Rasmussen said. “We want to upset them and show them we can do it. We want to cause havoc for Blake Bell and not make it so easy for him.”
West (1-4, 1-4) 0 0 0 0 — 0Kapaun (3-2, 3-2) 21 14 21 7 — 63
K—Knox 28 run (Cantele kick)
K—Rasmussen 15 pass from Lewis (Cantele kick)
K—Hayes 26 pass from Lewis (Cantele kick)K—Knox 27 run (Cantele kick)K—Rasmussen 55 punt return (Cantele kick)K—Truman 8 run (Cantele kick)
K—Knox 25 run (Cantele kick)
K—Krehbiel 18 run (Krehbiel kick)
K—Krehbiel 6 run (Krehbiel kick
Rushing—West, Phillips 11-19, A. Jones 9-14, Collins 1-0, Washington 1-minus 6, Kelly 2-minus 9, Flournoy 12-minus 12. Kapaun, Knox 12-120, Krehbiel 8-63, Hayes 2-29, Schaefer 5-29, Truman 2-13, Stump 1-11, Cahn 1-3, McDonough 1-3, Rasmussen 1-minus 2.
Passing—West, Kelly 3-4-28-0, Flournoy 1-4-(-4)-0, Bradley 0-0-0-1. Kapaun, Lewis 6-10-102-0.
Receiving—West, Washington 2-7, Ruecker 1-9, J. Jones 1-8. Kapaun, Rasmussen 3-58, Hayes 2-39, Cahn 1-5.