The Henry Clay Blue Devils took down the Lexington Catholic Knights to secure the 2019 CLL championship. The Blue Devils dominated in ever facet of the game from start to finish, en route to their first championship under second year head coach Josh Stewart, fourth in program history.
Henry Clay got things going early with Colten Reynolds putting the Blue Devils up 1-0 with 10:53 in the first.
Coming out of a Henry Clay timeout with 10:20 in the first Lexington Catholic goalie Brayden Adams made two huge saves to help give the Knights their first possession of the game. The Knights couldn’t hang on to it as Henry Clay defenseman Clay Graves scooped up the loos ball and went coast to coast, electrifying the crowd with a long pole goal to put the Blue Devils up 2-0.
Two failed Lexington Catholic clears led to two more Henry Clay goals, giving them a 4-0 lead with 4:25 in the first quarter. The Knights finally got the board late in the first with Michael Duzyk ripping it from the outside.
Coming into the second quarter with a 4-1 lead the Blue Devils would keep firing, using a two-goal run early in the second to expand their lead to 6-1. The half ended with much more back-and-forth play as Lexington Catholic finally found some rhythm, even with the Blue Devils holding a 7-3 lead heading into halftime.
After some back-and-forth transition play early in the third Henry Clay started clicking on all cylinders again, capitalizing on every one of Lexington Catholic’s mistakes. The Blue Devils used a three-goal run that included two straight goals from Logan Lewis to take a 10-4 lead late in the third quarter.
In the final minutes of the third Tristian Schaffer intercepted a pass on a Henry Clay clear and returned the favor, getting the Knights going once again. Henry Clay answered right back, turning a failed Lexington Catholic clear into a Nolan Doss goal with just seconds left on the clock.
The Blue Devils held an 11-5 lead heading into the fourth and continued their domination. While the ball was on the ground a lot in the fourth, the Blue Devils still found away to score two straight to start the fourth before trying to kill some clock late.
After making a great save Brayden Adams walked the ball up to half field and just chucked it into the wide open net, giving Lexington Catholic their final goal or the game. Presley Richmond’s behind the back goal with 3:08 in the game proved to be the dagger as Henry Clay secured the 14-6 win.