The numbers are imposing. The DeSales Colts come into Friday night’s playoff football game at Glasgow with one of the most proficient offenses in the state and probably the stingiest defense in all of Class 2A. The Colts are 10-1 on the year and average just over 50 points per game on offense. And defensively, they’ve given up only 104 points on the year for an average of under 10 points per game.
However, the Scotties are no strangers to big games. They sport an impressive 10-1 slate themselves, currently riding a six-game winning streak. Friday’s game, on both sides of the ball, should be a war.
“You have to look at who DeSales has beaten,” said Glasgow coach Rick Wood. “Anytime a 2A school wins on the road at Warren Central and John Hardin, that’s pretty impressive. They’re very legit. They’re a really solid team.
“Every block, every tackle is important in this game. You can’t blow an assignment with this team. You can’t get beat deep, you can’t let anyone go free. They’re that good. We will have to play a really solid game.
“Probably the best all-around game we’ve played this year was at Green County. I thought we were good in all aspects of the game that night. (Well) We’re going to have to play a similar game Friday to have a chance.”
DeSales has wins over Louisville Holy Cross, John Hardin, Warren Central, Washington County, Shawnee, Bardstown, Fort Knox, Thomas Nelson, Southern and Metcalfe County this year. The Colts’ only loss was a 27-24 decision to the Christian Academy of Louisville.
The Colts are predominantly a running team, centered usually around the running ability of Dylan Byrd.
The talented senior has rushed for 1,552 yards and 26 touchdowns. Nathan Roush, the quarterback, can also pose problems for opposing defenses. He has rushed for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns, but has also thrown for 766 yards and nine scores.
“Their leading rusher, Dylan Byrd, is tremendous and Nathan Roush, the quarterback, is also very good,” said Wood. “And Adam Nord, the fullback, is unbelievable. They’ve got a lot of runners that can hurt you, so it will be a challenge to play defense all over the field.
“With Byrd, you can’t let him get the big play on you. In the films we have, he has several 50-, 60-, and 70-yard runs. He’s a lot like Evan Jaggers at Green County, super fast.”
Wood also said DeSales is solid on the defensive side of the ball.
“They don’t do a lot of adjusting to you on defense, they make you adjust to them,” the coach said. “They will run their stuff, there is no big secret as to what they’re going to do. They’re going to give you a wide tackle six look on defense.”
But one of the Colts’ biggest assets, according to Wood, may be on special teams. The coach said special teams has played a big role in DeSales’ success this year.
“The way they’re usually able to score so much is they will kick off, and they’re so solid in the kicking game that they pin you at the 20 or deeper,” Wood said.
“They hold you, and then they get the ball right back. They seem to dominate field position in every game. And the thing that sticks out in my mind is they don’t have any weaknesses.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The winner of the game will play either Bardstown or Christian Academy of Louisville next Friday night.
“I like the way we’ve been practicing and playing over the last four or five weeks. We feel like we’re on the uptick,” Wood said.
“We’ve had a great week of preparation. I firmly believe we will play a tremendous football game on Friday and let the chips fall where they may. I absolutely believe in this football team.”