Notre Dame roars past Heath Fulton

Knights get semifinal match with Heritage

MINERAL WELLS — After a three-week hiatus due to a first-round playoff forfeit, the Notre Dame Knights predictably came out a little sluggish Saturday.

But after shaking off a little rust in the state quarterfinals, the No. 1 team in TAPPS Division II ended Heath Fulton's season with a 58-8 victory at Miller Stadium.

Notre Dame (10-0) advances to its second straight state semifinal where Fredericksburg Heritage (10-2) awaits. The details of that matchup haven't been set yet.

The Knights started off slow, scoring the game's first points after Danny Otto intercepted Falcons quarterback Todd Treadway at the 6-yard line.

McElroy then led a drive that ended on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Quintero. The senior quarterback passed for 72 yards and a TD.

Soon after, Wes Brinkman's fumble recovery seemed to spark the Knights, who rushed for 347 yards in the rout.

"Our speed was fairly even," Notre Dame coach Don Carlson said of Fulton. "But I knew that eventually our physicality would kick in."

Cody McElroy rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns, while Brinkman added 124 yards and three scores, including an exciting 47-yard run after Brinkman hurdled one defender.

The difference in size between the Knights' defensive line and the Falcons became apparent more and more as the game wore on.

On a number of occasions, Treadway (8-23-2, 75 yards) was hurried or knocked down. Quintero and Hunter Wolfe each registered two sacks.

Notre Dame's defense as a whole impressed with six take-aways — three fumble recoveries and three interceptions.

The Knights outgained the Falcons 433-237 in total yards as the game was called in the third quarter.

Notre Dame, which moved into the No. 1 spot early in the season, looks to avenge a loss from Fredericksburg Heritage next week. The Eagles ended the Knights' season in the semifinals last year, 60-12.

Notre Dame 24 20 14 x — 58

Heath Fulton 0 8 0 x — 8

ND Fulton

First downs 10 5

Rushes-Yards 24-347 19-74

Passing 72 139

Comp-Att-Int 4-5-0 13-30-3

Punts 0-0 1-25

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-3

Penalties-Yards 6-45 4-55

Individual statistics

RUSHING: (ND) Cody McElroy 12-201 yds, 3 TDs; Wes Brinkman 8-124 yds, 3 TDs; (HF) Todd Treadway 9-74.

PASSING: (ND) Danny Otto 4-5-0, 72; (HF) Treadway 8-23-2, 75; Leverrett 5-7-1, 64.

RECEIVING: (ND) Hunter Quintero 3-70; (HF) Treadway 2-44.

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