The run game was a major emphasis for Cascia Hall in a dominating 31-7 win over Bethany in the Class 3A football quarterfinals in Bethany on Friday night.
The Commandos took to the ground early and often, hammering out 245 yards rushing.
“That's what we build our program on offensively,” Cascia Hall coach Joe Medina said after the win. “We start with our defense, and our defense didn't give up a point tonight. We kicked the ball well, which the 47-yard field goal helped a bunch. Then when we get to offense, we're going to grind the ball out and run that clock and that's exactly what we did tonight.”
Running the clock was key to the Commandos, who ran the ball 46 times and totaled 15 first downs in the game.
Cascia Hall senior fullback Hunter Hart opened scoring at 8:48 of the first quarter as the senior leapt over the trenches and into the end zone from two yards out. Erik Testa's kick was good, and the Commandos took a 7-0 lead.
The runner drew upon his experience against the Bronchos in last year's quarterfinals matchup to help him this season.
“Last year they just dove at my knees every single play,” Hart said. “So I knew… It was a one-yard run I think or something like that. I knew they were going to dive so I just had to jump for the end zone.”
The ground success continued for Cascia Hall in the second quarter when Abrm McQuarters bounced a run to the outside and cut in for the eight-yard touchdown.
Cascia made it 17-0 to close out the first half when Testa hit a 47-yard field goal down the middle of the uprights with 1:18 left in the second quarter.