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The Holy Cross Indians knocked off the Somerset Briar Jumpers 48-14 to punch the school’s first-ever ticket to the state championship game.
Holy Cross (11-3) got a big night from sophomore running back Jalen Beal, who made five trips to the end zone and came up with an interception, and its defense which forced four turnovers and held Somerset (9-5) to 267 total yards.
The Briar Jumpers got on the board first after they returned a blocked field goal 68 yards to the Indians’ 23-yard line. Running back Bryson Jones ran for a 12-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.
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--Jalen Beal 1-yard RuTD
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--Jalen Beal 2-yard RuTD
Beal returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards. Three plays later he would pull in a 35-yard Kyle Fuller pass to put the Indians on the board.
The defenses for both sides would step it up a bit from there as nearly 11 minutes would go off the board before Beal punched one in from two yards to out to give Holy Cross a 14-7 halftime lead.
Somerset took advantage of a pair of offside calls by the Indians in the red zone and tied the game at 14-14 on its opening drive of the second half when Alex Lange connected with Storm Wilson on a 15-yard TD pass.
Fuller would find Eric Walker down the sidelines for a 42-yard touchdown pass just over a minute later as Holy Cross grabbed the lead back for good. The Indians would finish the game by scoring 34 unanswered points.
Walker added a second receiving touchdown on the next possession by Holy Cross on a 12-yard reception. Beal would score three more times on runs of 1 yard, 28 yards, and 1 yard.
Fuller finished the night by completing 22 of 31 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns while adding another 83 yards on the ground. Beal added 67 yards rushing and caught six balls for 97 yards. Walker led all receivers with 12 receptions for 126 yards.
Adam Kozerski, Paul Lampone and Marcel Paul each came up with a fumble recovery on defense and played big parts in the win.
The game turned ugly in the fourth quarter as Somerset and their fans displayed terrible sportsmanship which was not aided by some of the Indians’ faithful. The result was 28 penalties in the game, 15 against Somerset for a total of 135 yards in losses.
Next up for the Indians is a matchup with Glasgow (14-0) on Friday at 3:00 p.m. central time on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green for the Class 2A state championship.
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