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Seton Catholic continues its roll through Div. IV

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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 11:50 pm | Updated: 1:16 am, Sat Nov 5, 2011.

Seton Catholic steamrolled over Chinle in the first round of the Division IV playoffs, 72-18, to remain undefeated.

No. 4 Seton faces No. 12 Parker next Saturday at Paradise Valley high school at 3 p.m.

The Sentinels had 12 possessions on offense and scored 11 touchdowns. The one possession without a touchdown ended with their third-string quarterback taking a knee in the Chinle zone.

Eight different players had touchdowns for Seton Catholic (11-0), while quarterback Ryan Bresnahan again led the way.

Bresnahan had 154 yards passing and two touchdowns without playing a down in the second half.

Sitting out the second half was the case for the majority of the Seton Catholic offense, something they have gotten used to over the course of the season in Division IV.

The Sentinels haven't won a game by a margin of under 35 since September 23 against Maricopa, when they won 42-26.

"It's a good thing, and it's a bad thing," Sentinels coach Rex Bowser said. "We've been playing half-a-game these last few weeks, and we're going to be forced to play four quarters pretty soon."

Chinle hails from just outside the Four Corners region, has made the playoffs two years in a row for the first time in team history.

For Chinle, running back Stewart Yazzie was the game plan. Yazzie had 63 yards on 22 carries and all three Wildcats touchdowns on the night. But Chinle's passing game was held to 86 yards and two interceptions.

"It's not just one person on the team that takes the lead or inspires us," Chinle coach Tim Su'e Su'e Liufau said. "Everyone steps up. Every single one of them inspires me."

Seton wideout Matt Haggerty added to his impressive season for the Sentinels with 120 total yards in the first half and three touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving).

Running back Eric Probst kept the defense guessing, running for 53 yards on 8 carries with three touchdowns.

Still, after 11 straight victories Haggerty knows there is room for improvement with the uptick in competition coming.

"We still need to work on our defense," Haggerty said. "We've been known to give up a lot on the run, and a lot of teams are going to run the ball strong in the playoffs."

 

 

 

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