PDT Sports Contributor
On a Saturday night that featured a pregame tribute to 4-year old Boston Schwamberger, who passed away recently due to a brain tumor, the Titans defeated Harvest Prep 34-0 at Spartan Stadium.
Notre Dame dominated the trenches, allowing the Warriors to gain 101 yards on the night.
“It was a total team effort by our guys on all three phases,” Titans coach Bob Ashley said.
Notre Dame’s offensive line was especially strong as they allowed the Titans’ running game to go off for a second straight contest, allowing the running back tandem of Jack Kayser and Dakota Smith to combine for 304 yards rushing and all five of the Notre Dame’s touchdowns.
“If you have to look at one area, I think our offensive line really took control of the ballgame,” Ashley said. “They (Harvest Prep) did a nice job of shutting down our outside game and we knew we were going to have to be physical with them and those guys responded well.”
The Titans’ defense pitched its second shutout in a row by holding Harvest Prep to just three yards passing on one completion in 14 attempts.
“Bubba Webb (defensive coordinator) pitched another shutout for us, and anytime the defense holds an opponent to zero (points), you got to like your chances of winning,” Ashley said.
After the Titans punted the ball away on its first two possessions of the game, the Warriors would gain possession of the football their own 12-yard line. Even though Notre Dame stopped Harvest Prep on three consecutive downs, the Warriors decided to take a huge gamble as Robert King would run around the right side in an attempt to keep the drive alive.
That gamble proved to be costly as a host of Titan defenders were there to greet King as he was pushed out of bounds just a yard shy of the first down marker, giving the Titans a short field.
Notre Dame would only need three plays and 21 yards to strike first blood as Kayser would dive across the goal line for a two-yard touchdown to put the Titans up 6-0 with 2:18 left to play in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Notre Dame relied on running backs Kayser, Smith and Will Haney to wear down the Harvest Prep defense. The Titans would eat up nearly 10 minutes off of the second quarter clock on two separate drives and would gain complete control of the game, as Kayser would provide the finishing touches on both drives with a 12-yard run and a two-yard plunge respectively to increase the lead to 21-0 with 2:01 left in the first half, with the score holding up to the halftime break.
On the first play of the third quarter, the Warriors’ R.J. Johnson would fumble at the Harvest Prep 44, where the ball would roll before being recovered by Will Haney at the Warriors 46-yard line. Smith would then score from a yard out to cap off a 9-play drive that took 4:14 off of the clock and put the Titans up by a score of 28-0.
Smith put the finishing touches on the scoring with a 47-yard scamper that increased the Notre Dame lead to 34-0 with less than six minutes left to go in the game.
Notre Dame has not allowed a point in eight quarters of play this season and has outscored their opponent by a 93-0 tally. The Titans will look to increase that total next weekend as Grove City Christian comes to Spartan Stadium.
Harvest Prep 0 0 0 0 —0
Notre Dame 6 15 7 6 —34
ND-Kayser 2 run (kick blocked) 2:18
ND-Kayser 12 run (Montgomery kick) 7:07
ND-Kayser 2 run (Smith run) 2:01
ND-Smith 1 run (Montgomery kick) 7:22
ND-Smith 47 run (kick failed) 5:53
First Downs 23 4
Rush Att-Yds. 64-389 20-98
Pass Att.-Comp.-Int. 1-0-0 14-1-0
Pass Yds. 0 3
Total Yds. 389 101
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1
Turnovers 1 1
Penalties-Yds. 7-45 5-48
Rushing: Notre Dame – J. Kayser 23-173, Smith 20-131, Haney 10-54, Major 5-16, Harrell 2-8, S. Kayser 2-7, Montgomery 1-1, Baker 1-(-1); Harvest Prep – Walton 2-45, R.J. Johnson 8-27, Pannell 3-16, King 2-5, Woodson-Levey 3-4, Jones 1-1, Dupree 1-0.
Passing: Notre Dame– Major 0-1 0; Harvest Prep- Dupree 1-8 3, R.J. Johnson 0-6 0.
Receiving: Notre Dame N/A; Harvest Prep – James Johnson 1-3.