Pirates roll past Crusaders

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 7, 2004

WHEELERSBURG - For the Wheelersburg Pirates, the defense was as explosive as the offense.

Wheelersburg's TNT defensive front harassed Steubenville Central Catholic Crusaders quarterback Tyler Reynard all night and the offense racked up 411 total yards in a 42-8 rout Saturday night in the Division V Region 19 quarterfinals.

Reynard was just 5 of 19 for 89 yards as he was chased from the pocket all night, and he was sacked five times for minus 37 yards.

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Pirates coach Tony Lewis praised the defense, especially the defensive tackles, nose guard and ends.

"Our TNT (tackle-nose-tackle) put a lot of pressure on their quarterback. We brought a linebacker once in a while, but usually it was just our front five," Lewis said.

The Pirates, 10-1, got 118 yards rushing from Brian Stephenson to lead a ground game that churned out 345 yards.

Wheelersburg began the game with an onside kickoff and recovered at the Central 37. The drive stalled and Tom Kaskey kicked a 27-yard field goal.

After a punt, the Pirates went 71 yards in seven plays keyed by Brandon White's 33-yard run. Stephenson scored on a 5-yard run and it was 10-0.

White had a 2-yard scoring run and Kaskey hit a wide-open Matt Watson on a post pattern with 35 seconds left for a pair of second quarter touchdowns that put the Pirates up 23-0 at the break.

Stephenson ran 53 yards for a touchdown and Kaskey added a 2-yard keeper as the lead went to 36-0 in the third quarter.

Steu. Catholic0008-8


First Quarter

Wh - Tom Kaskey 27 FG


Wh - Brian Stephenson 5 run (Tom Kaskey kick) 4:05

Second Quarter

Wh - Brandon White 2 run (Tom Kaskey kick) 4:41

Wh - Matt Watson 29 pass from Tom Kaskey (kick failed) :35

Third Quarter

Wh - Brian Stephenson 53 run (pass failed) 11:08

Wh - Tom Kaskey 2 run (Bryan Craft kick) 2:57

Fourth Quarter

SCC - Tim Pestian 3 run (Matt Belardine run) 8:40

Wh - John Storey 1 run (kick blocked) 5:56


First Downs1017


Passing yards8966

Total yards170411





Individual Leaders

RUSHING - Steubenville Catholic: Tim Pestian 10-85, Zack Hawrot 10-24, Ryan Davis 3-11, Jeff Barlow 1-3, James Donohue 2-1, Matt Belardine 2-minus 7, Tyler Reynard 5-minus 37. Wheelersburg: Brian Stephenson 10-118, Matt Watson 4-57, Brandon White 8-56, Tom Kaskey 7-47, John Story 6-52, Andrew Krick 1-5, Blaike Smith 4-minus 5, Brandon Jackson 1-16.

PASSING - Steubenville Catholic: Tyler Reynard 5-19-0

89, James Donohue 0-2-1. Wheelersburg: Tom Kaskey 5-8-0 66, John Storey 0-1-0.

RECEIVING - Steubenville Catholic: Matt Belardine 2-73, Jarred Gilham 2-10, Ryan Davis 1-6. Wheelersburg: Matt Watson 1-29, Brandon Jackson 3-27, Brian Stephenson 1-10.