Pierce Routs Rival Norfolk Catholic

PIERCE – On Friday night Pierce quarterback Dalton Freeman rushed for 163 yards and four touchdowns, passed for another 48 yards and two more touchdowns, caught a 63-yard pass, changed the oil on the team bus and cooked the burgers at the concession stand.

I’m only lying about the last two.

Freeman seemingly did it all, anchoring the Blue Jays in a dominant 48-29 win over rival Norfolk Catholic to open the 2018 season Friday.

Pierce gained a total of 539 yards of offense in becoming the first team to score 40 points against Norfolk Catholic in at least 15 years.

The Blue Jay offensive line set the tone early and often, resulting in three running backs – Freeman (163), Brett Tinker (131) and Carson Oestreich (100) – rushing for at least one-hundred yards.

Norfolk Catholic’s offense was strong as well, racking up 377 yards. Senior running back Dylan Kautz had 177 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

The Knights did lose more than the game. Starting quarterback Nate Brungardt was lost in the second quarter with an injury. He was replaced by sophomore Cayden Cunningham.

Pierce will look to go 2-0 at Arlington next week. Norfolk Catholic will try to bounce back next Friday against Aquinas.

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