A pair of quick touchdowns in the third quarter were the difference as the senior high school football season opened on Saturday afternoon at Superior Heights.
The Colts turned a deficit at the half into a 29-14 win over the St. Mary’s Knights at Superior Heights.
St. Mary’s held a 14-9 lead at the half thanks to a fumble recovery in the endzone for a touchdown by Evan Sicoly and one-yard touchdown run by Martine Colicchio.
The Colts scoring in the opening half came by way of a safety and a touchdown 16-yard touchdown catch by Noah Grasley.
The Colts took the lead in the third quarter thanks to a touchdown catch by Grasley and a 56-yard touchdown run by Tristan O’Flynn.
“We just challenged their character,” said Korah coach Tom Annett. “’How are you going to respond now being down in this situation?’ We got great leadership and that’s the good thing. Nobody hit the panic button. We made a couple of minor adjustments and fixed some play calls too.”
For the Knights, the loss came down to mistakes in the second half.
“I just think we didn’t play well in the second half,” said St. Mary’s coach Jim Monico. “We made mistakes in the second half. We’ll be more ready for them the next time we play them.”
“A lot of it was we made some mistakes on offence and they did some things to counter what we were doing and we kept trying to do the same stuff and it wasn’t working and it was a little too late to change what we were doing,” Monico said.
Grasley finished the day with 67 yards receiving on nine catches and two touchdowns. HE also caught a touchdown pass of 16 yards.
Jordan Robinson-Wright passed for 75 yards on six pass completions for Korah.
Defensively for the Colts, Zac Zeppa had four tackles and three assisted tackles.
Nick Pagnotta led the Knights offence with 126 yards on 15 carries.
Defensively for St. Mary's, Evan Sicoly had seven tackles.
The Knights return to action on Friday night against Superior Heights in a 7:30 p.m. start at Superior Heights.
Korah has a bye week and is set to play an exhibition game on the road against Escanaba.