By PETER FOURNIER
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Any night you have just as many touchdowns as rushing attempts would be a good night, but it gets better yet if someone has to make you aware of the accomplishment.
Cardinal Newman’s Philip Wright rushed the ball five times for 75 yards and scored five touchdowns — one defensively — as the Cardinals conquered Montgomery in a 55-0 North Bay League victory on Friday night.
Wright was unaware of the points he was putting up on the scoreboard.
“I didn’t even know I had five touchdowns until somebody told me,” he said. “It just kind of happened. Our o-line played great and our defensive played good.”
Wright lit up the scoreboard with TD runs of 57, 9 and 2 yards. He also scored from one yard out and added a 40-yard fumble return touchdown in the third quarter.
“I was just seeing blur and I was running,” Wright said. “I was just kind of moving and seeing the holes from the o-line that were big holes. I was just hitting them hard.”
Cardinals coach Paul Cronin was also unaware of the specifics in Wright’s fabulous night while it was unfolding.
“I didn’t know he had five touchdowns,” said Cronin of Wright. “I know that it’s a credit to the line guys up front. Obviously, Scooby (Wright) is a fabulous player but the guys up front really did a great job for him offensively. Defensively they kept climbing off of him so it allows him to be the great player that he is.”
Cronin said the touchdowns alone don’t define Wright’s value to the team.
“I don’t know if the touchdowns are a mark of his greatness,” Cronin said. “What makes him a great player is that he is unselfish. He’s a team leader and he works really hard. The touchdowns they come and go. That’s not why he’s a great player. He’s a great player because he’s a team guy and obviously he’s got some fabulous ability.”
Cardinal Newman made a 7-0 lead after one quarter 28-0 at halftime and 48-0 after the third quarter.
“We had some things that went really well,” Cronin said. “Our offensive line played really well. We’re excited about that.”
Montgomery coach Jason Franci can’t believe his team is playing this poorly.
“That was embarrassing,” Franci said. “We’ve been embarrassed two weeks in a row now. We just don’t play well. I love the kids. They’re a good bunch of kids. I like being around them, but they’re not football players, I guess. I’m at a loss right now.”
The Vikings lost to Casa Grande 49-19 last week, allowed 57 points to Clayton Valley in week two and 38 to Pinole Valley.
“I am stunned,” Franci said. “I’m completely stunned. Casa, Rancho and Newman are good football teams. They’re better than us, but they’re not 50 points better than us.”
Next Friday, Cardinal Newman hosts Santa Rosa and Montgomery will play at Rancho Cotate.