PCA caps perfect season|[10/29/05]

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 28, 2005

Porters Chapel took a leisurely 90-minute stroll to perfection Friday night.

Hayden Hales threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, Kenny Simms scored twice and amassed 186 all-purpose yards, and the Eagles capped the first undefeated regular season in school history with a 42-0 rout of CM&I.

&#8220It’s big. I’m not going to make any bones about it. It was a goal we had coming in. We wanted to go undefeated,” PCA coach Randy Wright said. &#8220It’s a credit to the athletes we have out here and the job they’ve done. They never had a doubt in their mind that they could come out and win them all.”

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The victory put an exclamation point on what was very nearly a true perfect season. It was the Eagles’ seventh shutout in nine games, and they did not allow an offensive touchdown in the regular season.

Also, by holding CM&I to minus-20 yards of total offense, PCA heads into the playoffs having allowed a ridiculously low 302 yards for the entire season. The Eagles (9-0, 5-0 District 4-A) now head into the playoffs, where they will host either Deer Creek or Benton Academy next Friday.

&#8220It’s the first time it’s ever been done. And I believe we allowed under 300 yards for the whole regular season. That’s something that’s never been done, I don’t know how wide,” said Simms, who also returned a punt and a kickoff inside the CM&I 10 to set up touchdowns. &#8220It’s definitely a victorious statement.”

The outcome of the game against CM&I (2-8, 2-3) was never in question. The Crusaders lost 10 yards on their first series, fumbled a snap, and nearly had a punt blocked. PCA’s punt rush was on CM&I’s Javaki Short as soon as he scooped up a low snap, and he threw the ball away.

PCA took over at the CM&I 10-yard line, and Moose Carney ran in for a touchdown on the next play. Even as Michael Busby came on for the extra point, the officials kept the clock running. It ran the rest of the game, leading to a brief night.

&#8220It was something I talked with the officials about,” Wright said of the running clock. &#8220We had two goals tonight. One was to come out and win the game, and the other was to get out of here without any injuries. We wanted to try and get in and out as quick as we could and get ready for the playoffs next week.”

Hales threw a 22-yard TD pass to Simms and a 24-yarder to Cole Smith before halftime, and Simms added a 7-yard touchdown run as PCA took a 28-0 lead into the break.

Hales and Chris Mann added short scoring runs in the third quarter for the final margin.

PCA only had 176 yards of total offense for the game, mainly because they so thoroughly dominated CM&I.

The Crusaders did not pick up a first down or cross midfield until the fourth quarter. They did both on their final drive.

&#8220I think we just overwhelmed them a little bit with our defense,” Wright said. &#8220It was just a good, solid effort tonight.”