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Rep. Yarmuth Honors State Champion DeSales Colts on House Floor

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the House Floor this afternoon, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) congratulated the DeSales Colts on their victory in Saturday’s Class 2A High School Football Championship game.

The full text of the speech is below.

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Mr. Speaker, last weekend in Louisville, the world-famous Twin Spires of Churchill Downs glowed orange in support of something the hallowed track knows well: a champion.

The DeSales High School Colts of Louisville’s South End entered the state championship on a streak of dominance, posting six shutouts and holding opponents to just 9.4 points per game. When they lined up against Newport Central Catholic to play for the title on Saturday, the DeSales defense hadn’t allowed a point in two weeks.

Fueled by three touchdowns from all-time leading rusher Dylan Byrd, two passing scores from quarterback Nathan Roush, and a defense anchored by middle linebacker Matt Bouchard, the Colts overcame a tough opponent 34-26, taking state for the first time in school history.

The title caps a remarkable 14-1 season for the Colts, who became only the second South End team ever to win state.

For DeSales head coach Harold Davis, the title run offered a nice symmetry: Davis was a senior safety on the 1981 DeSales team, one of only two others in school history to play in the finals.

The debate over the best Colts team in school history will continue back home, but there’s no question this year’s team now stands at the top. They might have been outsized through much of the playoffs, but they were never outmatched or outplayed.

Mr. Speaker, today I am proud to join all of Louisville in honoring the DeSales Colts, Kentucky’s 2013 Class 2A High School Football Champions. Go Colts!