Running game lifts Catoosa over McLain
BY MIKE MOGUIN World Correspondent
Saturday, October 06, 2012
10/06/12 at 5:36 AM
Catoosa relied on junior twins Hagen and Hunter Harrison in a grind-it-out rushing attack as it won 21-13 over McLain in a District 4A-3 battle Friday night at Melvin Driver Stadium.
Hagen Harrison scored two touchdowns on 23 carries for 175 yards, and Hunter Harrison had 18 carries for 51 yards and one TD.
"They've been special ever since they started for us," Catoosa coach Aaron Meier said. "Those guys do a great job for us at linebacker, and when we want to grind it out and hand the ball, that's who we want to hand it to."
With the attack, the Indians (3-3 overall, 2-1 district) were able to burn the clock.
"With that type of team, you got to keep (McLain's) offense off the field. We wanted to establish the run and try to use the clock to our advantage. I felt like our kids did that," Meier said.
McLain had a chance to tie the game late when it blocked a Catoosa field goal that would have clinched it for the Indians.
But on the ensuing possession, junior defensive back Bailey Meyer intercepted a Demetri Walker pass with 1:39 remaining, and that sealed the game.
Catoosa only attempted two passes. One was intercepted and set up McLain's first touchdown. The other was an incompletion before halftime.
The Indians struck first with a 5-yard touchdown run from Hagen Harrison in the first quarter.
The Titans tied the score at 7-7 when Mychael Scott scored on a 4-yard run with 55 seconds left in the first quarter. The TD was set up by a 43-yard interception return from Walker, which gave McLain possession at the Catoosa 19-yard line.
Catoosa added another score by Hagen Harrison, coming from 10 yards to break a tie with 5:10 left in the second quarter to give the Indians a 14-7 lead at intermission.
Hunter Harrison extended Catoosa's lead with a 1-yard TD with five minutes left in the third quarter.
A 64-yard TD from Walker to Bishop Louie brought the Titans to within 21-13 with 7:43 left in the game.
The loss was the second straight for Class 4A No. 10 McLain (4-2, 1-2). The Titans forced three turnovers against the Indians.
Catoosa 21, McLain 13
C: Ha. Harrison 5 run (Barnett kick)
M: Scott 11 run (Louie kick)
C: Ha. Harrison 10 run (Barnett kick)
C: Hu. Harrison 1 run (Barnett kick)
M: Louie 64 pass from Walker (kick failed)