High School Football

Nolan Catholic simply too much for Eastern Hills in 43-0 victory

Nolan Catholic won the TAPPS 7-on-7 state tournament in June at College Station.
Nolan Catholic won the TAPPS 7-on-7 state tournament in June at College Station. Courtesy

Unbeaten host Nolan Catholic (4-0) shut out under-manned Eastern Hills, 43-0, in a matchup of private and public schools Friday night.

The game was called at halftime as a steady downpour began.

Four of Nolan’s touchdowns were by virtue of passes. Two were runs. In all, a different player scored for Nolan as the Vikings scored the six touchdowns in 25 plays. Two of the touchdown drives began at the Eastern Hills 19 and 29 yard lines after fumble recoveries by Nolan.

Clay Campbell led Nolan in rushing with 46 yards in four carries. Teammate Emaka Megwa had 37 yards in three carries. Both players scored Nolan touchdowns, a 15-yard run by senior Campbell followed by a 19-yard run by Megwa, a freshman.

Irene Ngabonziza led all receivers with four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, the third one.

Game was over when: Nolan led 23-0 at the end of the first quarter. One score was a safety as Eastern Hills (0-4) finished with negative total yardage.

Offensive player of the game: Luke Macias, the Vikings’ senior quarterback, went to the air often. He was 7-11-0 for 169 yards and four touchdowns.

Defensive player of the game: Brendan Riley, the Vikings’ senior defensive back, had three solo tackles for losses, five assisted tackles, and one of his team’s two fumble recoveries.

Unsung hero of the game: Jimmy Taylor, Nolan’s backup quarterback, entered the game in the second quarter. He did not throw a touchdown pass, but was three-of-three completions for 55 yards. Two were to brother Danny Taylor.

Also, while Eastern Hills struggled on both sides of the ball, the Highlanders’ punter, Devin Broglin, excelled. Of his three punts, two were for 47 and 48 yards.

What’s next? Nolan Catholic will host Lincoln for its Homecoming next Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern Hills opens up district play against Polytechnic at Scarborough-Handley Field also on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

One of the Vikings top prospect 3-star Chance Cover will play more offense for Nolan Catholic in 2018.

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