It's all about the young Walsh Jesuit football program being able to make plays. The improving Warriors made a few big plays against arc-rival St. Vincent-St. Mary.
The Warriors just didn't make enough of them.
A competitive non-league test at the comforts of home against a rival like the Irish will help the cause for Walsh, which was upended 34-7.
First-year head coach Nick Alexander saw his club's defense play solid, only allowing one score in each of the first three quarters.
Walsh was still in this contest — well into the second half against the Irish (1-1), who have reached the state playoffs nine times in the last 10 years.
St. V jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when George Linberger had a 7-yard touchdown run.
Answering in the second quarter, Walsh scored when junior wide receiver Dom Grguric caught a 24-yard pass from senior quarterback Cam Mayes. Senior Caroline Flessner booted the extra point.
With a 9-yard run up the middle by Linberger in the second stanza and a 3-yard TD burst by Jeff Sampson in the third, the Irish gained control of the game.
It was 14-7 at the half, but the Irish extended their lead as Walsh fought on defense.
The 205-pound Linberger was a workhorse as the sophomore had 28 carries for 147 yards.
Adding a pair of TD passes was Luke Lindsay, who will end up being one of the top quarterbacks for the Irish.
Lindsay, 8 of 11 passing for 145 yards through the air, hit 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end Dalen Burney on an 8-yard TD toss and connected with receiver O'Hadji Jackson on a 57-yarder.
Grguric led Walsh with four catches for 50 yards and rangy senior Nick Reilman had four receptions for 33 yards.
Junior wide out Ben Ligan snagged two catches for 40 yards for the Warriors, who host Columbus Bishop Watterson (2-0) Sept. 13 in non-league action.
Facing a strong Irish defense, Walsh (0-2) was able to move the ball through the air and is still looking for the running game to gel.
Mayes was 10-21 passing for 123 yards, one TD, and one interception. He added 15 rushes for 18 yards and sophomore running back Kasey Kish had eight yards on three carries.
Walsh is looking forward to a road trip to play St. Francis High (N.Y.), a private college prep school in Hamburg, NY, at Polian Family Field, just south of Buffalo Sept. 20.
The Red Raiders, the 2018 Class AAA state runners-up, are led by QB Jake Ritts (6-1, 195), who passed for over 3,300 yards and 36 TD's last year.
Last year, Walsh lost a close and high scoring affair against the Red Raiders.