November 1, 2013 Updated: November 2, 2013 at 6:57 am
Gateway had no answer for the Doherty offense.
Especially Zach Young.
The senior running back set the school's single-season rushing record by gaining 346 yards and scored seven touchdowns, and the Spartans scored nine times in 10 possessions of a 59-35 victory Friday in a 5A first-round playoff game at Garry Berry Stadium.
"They just came out fast, played hard and didn't let up," Olympians linebacker Devin Johnson said. "We've seen a few teams run this fast-tempo offense, but hadn't seen a team run it like they did. They were more than we could handle."
No. 12 Doherty (8-2), which won its first home playoff game since 2006, next plays No. 5 ThunderRidge (9-1) at Shea Stadium.
Young, who upped his season rushing total to 2,309 yards, needed 199 to break Craig VanHorn's mark of 2,161 set back in 1999. Late in the third quarter with Doherty leading 38-19, he made history in style, rambling 94 yards after finding a small hole between the left tackle and guard and outracing the Gateway secondary.
"Big credit goes to our line," said Young, who increased his touchdown total for the season to a state-best 38. "They played great. Every team we've played has been bigger and stronger on the line, and our line has dug deep and found a way to get it done."
The Spartans scored on five of six possessions in the first half, then added two more consecutive touchdown drives to start the second half.
Evan Powell opened and closed the first half with long touchdown strikes to Kyle Carey, helping the Spartans build a 31-13 advantage.
His first touchdown strike was answered quickly by Gateway (6-4). Two plays after a 56-yard run put his team at the Doherty 4, Isaac Fuqua finished a quick five-play drive with a 2-yard run that, with the converted point after, put the Olympians ahead 7-6.
Doherty answered with a nine-play, 68-yard drive. The Spartans never got to third down on the possession, as Young gained the last 5 on a run to the left side.
The Spartans didn't trail again, and then scored twice in a 17-second span to open up a 24-7 lead.
Following a Young 6-yard touchdown run, Gateway's Quintavis Styles fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Spartans the ball at the Olympians 37. After a false start, Zach Zimmer caught a 34-yard pass on a reverse from fellow receiver Brandon Supernaw, then Young finished the drive with an 8-yard run up the middle.
Gateway closed the deficit to 24-13 with a long drive, ended with a CJ Sanders 24-yard catch from Nyerre Williams on a fade with 54 seconds left before halftime.
That gave Doherty more than enough time to strike back, helped by a short Gateway kickoff that gave the Spartans the ball at their 42.
On the third play, Powell found Carey crossing over the middle on a slant, and the senior rounded the corner, followed a Lalo Porras block along the left sidelines and tiptoed into the end zone for a 31-13 cushion with 17.1 seconds left.
"We knew what was coming, but we were ready," Carey said. "Coach was telling us that this was our week. We went nine of 10 on drives. That's pretty good."