Alter runs away from Fenwick for sweet 52-3 win

Alter High School running back Holden Rushing made no secret that the Knights had Friday’s football game against Fenwick circled on the calendar from the time the schedule was released.

The Falcons had eliminated the Knights from the playoffs in 2015 to finish a season sweep, but the Knights were bent on revenge.

“Ever since the end of the season, we have been looking forward to crushing Fenwick,” Rushing said after the Knights’ 52-3 Greater Catholic League Coed North Division triumph at Centerville. “We made sure we prepared our hardest. I know it is the hardest I personally ever worked, to get ready for this game.”

After a sluggish first half, the Knights (5-0, 2-0) erupted for 42 points on 261 yards on the ground in pulling away.

“There is no question our kids were looking forward to this one for 10 months,” Alter coach Ed Domsitz said after his team improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the North. “I did not have any concern about them not being ready mentally.”

The first half could not have played out much better for Fenwick (1-4, 1-1).

The Falcons held a 116-101 advantage in yardage and trailed 10-3 after Alter scored late in the half.

“I felt the whole time we could play with them,” Fenwick coach Joe Snively said. “I felt pretty good at halftime. It was just a tale of two halves. They executed better in the second half.”

Rushing, who finished with 91 of his 100 yards after halftime, gave the Knights a 17-3 lead on the first drive of the second half before scoring again on a 51-yard run to end the quarter with the running clock in effect.

“Scoring on that first drive after the half was huge for us,” Domsitz said. “It was a big confidence booster for us and was everything you want in a drive.”

Alter held Fenwick to 16 yards of offense in the second half and forced two turnovers, including a pick-six by linebacker David Rueth.

“We knew they were a great team,” Snively said. “And it was going to take a great game to beat them, and we didn’t play a great game. We played a great first half, but you have to put both halves together.”

Fenwick finished with 132 yards of offense while Alter closed with 362, including 328 on the ground on 39 carries.

“We just got together at halftime,” Rushing said of the change. “Fenwick’s defense confused us at the beginning, but we got them to stay home and found some holes and took advantage of it.”

The Knights will host Roger Bacon at Fairmont next Friday, while the Falcons will be at home against Badin.

Fenwick 0-3-0-0—3

Alter 3-7-28-14—52

A: Matt Ruffolo 35 field goal

F: Mitchell Walsh 26 field goal

A: John Bivens III 51 run (Ruffolo kick)

A: Holden Rushing 13 run (Ruffolo kick)

A: Ryan Markoff 13 run (Ruffolo kick)

A: Rushing 51 run (Ruffolo kick)

A: David Rueth 22 interception return (Ruffolo kick)

A: Trent Wilson 2 run (Ruffolo kick)

A: Trent Wilson 16 run (Ruffolo kick)