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LexCath's defense shuts down Lafayette

Catholic's Mike Lynch,38, broke up a pass intended for Lafayette's Tranard Chester,30, as Lafayette played Lexington Catholic  on Friday August 31, 2012 in Lexington, Ky.  Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Catholic's Mike Lynch,38, broke up a pass intended for Lafayette's Tranard Chester,30, as Lafayette played Lexington Catholic on Friday August 31, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

Michael Vogelsang didn't put any points on the board for Lexington Catholic in its 42-7 victory over Lafayette on Friday night, but he scored plenty of points with his teammates and coach.

Vogelsang, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior, was a one-man nightmare for Lafayette quarterback Garrett Peavler.

"Vogelsang is an animal," said senior safety Anthony Kersey, who also had a standout game for the Knights. "He's as strong as an ox. He's a beast. He's one of the best d-linemen in the state of Kentucky. I firmly believe that."

Knights Coach Bill Letton echoed that opinion.

"(Vogelsang) is just unbelievable. He's so athletic, so long and so fast, we just had a speed advantage in that matchup, and he took advantage of it all night."

Vogelsang sacked Peavler four times for losses totaling 40 yards, including a teeth-rattling hit in the opening minutes of the second half that forced a fumble at the Generals' 6-yard line.

Lexington Catholic scored the go-ahead touchdown two plays later, and the Knights were on their way to out-scoring Lafayette 35-0 in the second half.

Vogelsang also recovered a fumble late in the half.

"This is one of the best games I've ever had, if not the best," he said. "I was just playing how my coach taught me — turning the corner real tight — and since I'm one our our fastest linemen, I made it back there and did my job."

The highlight, of course, was the fumble-causing sack early in the second half.

"That really pumped me up," he said. "I thought I was just getting a sack, but then I saw the ball flying away, and I was pretty happy about that."

Vogelsang had plenty of help from his defensive teammates, who blanked Lafayette. The Generals' only score came on a 56-yard fumble return by Toryon Whiting.

Kersey was terrific on both sides of the ball. he led the defense with eight tackles, and on offense he caught a TD pass and kicked six extra points.

Lexington Catholic kept Lafayette's dangerous receiving corps, led by Tranard Chester, in check. Chester, who was double-teamed, had one catch late in the game.

Cody Mitchell, Kairon Snowden, Casey Nash, Josh Mesmer and Sawyer Shelton helped patrol the secondary.

Peavler completed 15 of 31 passes for 165 yards and was intercepted three times.

The Knights' offense sputtered in the first half, but found its groove in the second behind Kyle Bolin.

The senior quarterback was a dual threat. He completed 10 of 24 passes for 144 yards and a TD, and was picked off twice. He also ran 12 times for 79 yards and three TDs.

David Bouvier had four catches for 117 yards. Freshman Jaylen Jones led the running game with 81 yards and a TD on 15 carries.

Lafayette squandered three scoring opportunities in the first half that could have given it a decent lead.

The Generals' luck didn't get any better the rest of the night as Lexington Catholic's defense made amends for last Saturday's 62-14 loss to nationally ranked Ensworth, Tn.

"This is quite a refreshment compared to last week," Vogelsang said. "This is really going to get us going again, and to show we're still ready to come out and be a great team."

Lafayette 7 0 0 0—7

Lexington Catholic 0 7 14 21—42

LCKyle Bolin 4 run (Anthony Kersey kick). LafToryon Whiting 56 fumble return (Nathan Gillespie kick). LCKersey 4 pass from Bolin (Kersey kick). LCBolin 12 run (Kersey kick). LCJaylen Jones 8 run (Kersey kick). LCBolin 1 run (Kersey kick). LCAlex Van Leeuwan 26 pass from Ryan Reese (Kersey kick).1

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