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State football finals: Class 2A preview

DeSales' Nathan Roush (11) rushes past Newport Central Catholic's Colin Hoover (60) during the KHSAA Class 2A Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl championship high school football game Saturday, Dec. 7,  2013, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo /Joe Imel)
DeSales' Nathan Roush (11) rushes past Newport Central Catholic's Colin Hoover (60) during the KHSAA Class 2A Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl championship high school football game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo /Joe Imel) AP

Class 2A

DeSales vs. Newport Central Catholic

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. (EST) Friday

Cantrall ratings: DeSales 80.2; NewCath 61.0

Numbers game: DeSales is averaging 32.6 points per game and giving up 7.2. NewCath is averaging 27.6 and giving up 20.5.

History lesson: DeSales, runner-up in 1981 and 2009, won the title last year by beating Newport Central Catholic 34-26 in the finals. NewCath is a five-time champ, including four titles since 2005.

DeSales leaders: Austin Johnson has passed for 1,198 yards and 13 TDs, and run for 481 yards and 10 TDs. Matt Ruxer has rushed for 666 yards and eight TDs and Bryant Pirtle for 582 yards and eight TDs. Austin Craig has 16 catches for 316 yards and three TDs; Ruxer has 17 catches for 286 yards and three TDs. Pirtle leads the defense with 77 tackles.

NewCath leaders: Patrick Henschen has thrown for 1,409 yards and 12 TDs. Jacob Smith has rushed for 1,477 yards and 25 TDs. Nate Enslen has 28 catches for 503 yards and seven TDs. Kobe Tallon leads the defense in tackles.

DESALES (13-1)

Coach: Harold Davis

Louisville Holy Cross W, 31-0

Grayson County W, 30-6

Warren Central W, 37-12

Washington County W, 47-10

Shawnee W, 65-16

Bardstown W, 39-14

Fort Knox W, forfeit

Louisville Christian L, 17-0

Thomas Nelson W, 39-13

Southern W, 35-0

Playoffs

Green County W, 63-0

Glasgow W, 37-0

Louisville Christian W, 7-6

Murray W, 14-7

NEWCATH (8-5)

Coach: Dan Wagner

Cooper L, 31-0

Campbell County L, 30-17

Simon Kenton L, 46-13

Dixie Heights L, 34-13mat

Lloyd W, 28-0

Newport W, 22-17

Bishop Brossart W, 36-0

Cov. Holy Cross W, 50-21

Beechwood L, 30-13

Playoffs

Trimble County W, 43-0

Lloyd W, 39-17

Newport W, 42-26

Shelby Valley W, 43-14

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