Sun Sports Writer
Next up for the WCHS Commanders football team is a contest against the DeSales Colts, which will be both teams’ first district game of the season.
The Colts have sprung out to a fast start, going 3-0 with wins against Holy Cross (Louisville), John Hardin and Warren Central.
The Colts have a run-heavy offense that centers on senior running back Dylan Byrd.
In three contests this season, Byrd has amassed 373 yards and seven touchdowns on only 46 carries, good for an average of 8.1 yards per carry.
“Our run defense is going to have to step it up a notch to contain him,” WCHS Head Coach Eric Sagrecy said. “He’s quick laterally, runs physical and is just really, really fast.”
His most impressive outing to date was in the opener against Holy Cross, where he gained 193 yards and four touchdowns on only 13 carries for an average of 14.8 yards per carry.
DeSales also receives a strong contribution in the run game from senior dual-threat quarterback Nathan Roush.
Roush was the Colts’ leading rusher in the win against Warren Central, running for 114 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, garnering an average of 8.1 yards per carry in the game.
On the season, Roush has racked up 255 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, carrying the ball 35 times.
He has also passed for 215 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while completing 12 out of 22 passes for a 55 percent completion percentage.
“He does it all,” Sagrecy said. “He makes you respect the backside of every play because he’s always a threat to bootleg and keep it on the backside…DeSales is a two-headed monster when it comes to running the ball.”
On defense, DeSales has forced five turnovers: three interceptions—one of which was returned for a touchdown—and two fumble recoveries.
Linebacker Adam Nord leads the team in tackles with 20—recording nine against John Hardin and 11 against Warren Central.
Sagrecy believes their biggest strength on defense, though, is up front.
“They’re defensive line is very technical sound,” Sagrecy said. “They don’t beat themselves, they’re well-coached and their kids work hard.”
WCHS will be hosting DeSales this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.