The Holy Innocents’ football team ended its regular season in style Friday night at home.
In blanking Our Lady of Mercy 55-0, Coach Todd Winter got to empty his bench, nobody got hurt, and it all went down on Senior Night where the Bears honored 16 upperclassmen at halftime.
Winter was quick to get to the point at game’s end.
“I haven’t been unbeaten in regular season as a coach since 1994,” he said. “It’s not an easy thing to do. Still, starting next week it means nothing — every team is 0-0.”
There was no “0” on the board for long Friday. It took the Bears only 1:08 to put it in the end zone when Michael Cox ran in from 22 yards. Jack Felton set things up, also with a nice 22-yard carry of his own.
The Our Lade of Mercy Bobcats fumbled on the next possession, and Felton picked it out of the air at the 18-yard line and ran in for another score to make it 13-0 after just over two minutes into the game.
The Bears added two more touchdowns in the quarter. Cox ran it in from the 39 after a short Bobcat punt to make it 20-0. Later, Hunter Hawk completed a 55-yard drive with a 27-yard score.
HI tacked on 14 more in the second stanza, starting with a Matt Davis-to-Felton 76-yard scoring strike to make it 24-0. Leighton Dickson got in the scoring parade with 5:50 left with a 17-yard run to put it at 41-0, a score that held until halftime.
The entire second half was running clock, though that didn’t slow down the Bears. Christian Padgett intercepted a pass at the Bobcat 23 and ran it down to the 2 to start the third quarter. Joe Hingson ran it in on the next play to make it 48-0.
Hingson added his second touchdown a short time later, plowing in from the 10 to end the scoring at 55-0.
Standout performances included Sam Aiken, who recovered a fumble and contributed on defense. Hunter Hawk was among the tackling leaders, and William Willis contributed to the defensive performance.
Both the offensive and defensive lines excelled, as the Bears blew the visitors off the line of scrimmage consistently throughout.
Entering the playoffs, Holy Innocents will get a bye Friday before hosting the following weekend. Time, date and opponent will be determined after the first round of play.