The Class D2 No. 1 FC Sacred Heart Irish scored 38 points in the second quarter and captured its first victory of 2014 last Friday, defeating the Meridian Mustangs 58-12 at Jug Brown Stadium.
Sacred Heart, which lost its opener to North Andrew, MO, improves travels to Pawnee City this week to face the 1-0 Indians, who are coming off a 30-22 win over Sterling.
Meridian had a tough time slowing down the defending Class D2 State Champions Friday night. Senior QB Austin Malone rushed eight times for 185 yards and two scores and passed for another five touchedowns and another 207 yards in the win. He was 8-of-13 throwing the ball. That, after rushing for three TDs and passing for another, and accounting for more than 200 yards of offense in the opener.
Malone threw TD passes to Zavan Kirkendall (20 yards), Henry Arnold (21 yards), Logan Scheitel (20 yards), Sawyer Kean (40 yards) and Bailey Witt (26 yards). Malone also threw a couple PATs – to Scheitel and Witt.
The Irish have yet to score a single fourth-quarter point, yet are averaging 53 points and 391 yards of offense per game. Friday they finished with 491 yards of total offense, while holding Merdian to 132 total.
Meridian did take a brief lead, though, when they scored the first touchdown of the game. Ty Brakhage ran it 43 yards for a touchdown to give the Mustangs an early 6-0 lead. Meridian’s only other touchdown came on Brandon Jackson’s 65-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
The Irish answered early and then the floodgates opened in the second quarter, as FCSH scored on five consecutive drives with a grand total of 12 snaps.
Defensively, Ben Mullins recorded three sacks and four total tackles behind the line of scrimmage for 22 yards in losses. Kean and Kirkendall each recovered fumbles and Scheitel had a team-high five unassisted tackles. Bryant Jorn and Austin Ahern had sacks in the game, as well.