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Defense, field position play key role in SCC’s season-opening win

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  • September 01, 2018 - 6:36am

Photos by Sean McDonaldSt. Charles defenders zero in on Chalmette's Brandon Tillman (2) in the Comets' 14-7 season-opening win over the Owls on Friday night.

A late defensive stand and field position proved to be the key factors for the St. Charles Catholic Comets as they opened up the season with a 14-7 home win against the Chalmette Owls.

The Comet defense held the Owls to just 93 yards of total offense and provided great field position for their offense, as they experienced an average starting position of the 50-yard line.

The defense also forced eight punts and dominated third downs, as the Owls only converted two of 12 opportunities.

After a scoreless first half, the Owls (0-1) found the end zone first in the third quarter on the first of only three trips into Comet territory.

A wild snap by the Comet punting unit gave the Owls possession inside the St. Charles 10-yard line. The Owls took full advantage when Joshua Taylor found the end zone two plays later with a 6-yard run with nine minutes remaining in the third.

The Comets (1-0) were able to make a big special teams of their own, as Josh Tamplain blocked an Owl punt, allowing the offense to take over at the Chalmette 8-yard line.

It took only one play for Justin Dumas to find the end zone and tie the game at the 3:20 mark of the third quarter.

The Comets were plagued by three-and-outs and two muffed punts in the fourth quarter, allowing Chalmette to possess the ball for over eight minutes.

But the defining moment for the St. Charles defense came at the 5:21 mark when the Owls were threating inside the 10-yard-line. Forcing a field goal attempt, the Comets got to the Owl kicker before he could get the 27-yard attempt off with 5:21 remaining.

That opened up the opportunity for the Comet offense to put together their first game-winning drive of the season.

Comet running back Phillip Tran finished the eight-play, 78-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to give them the victory.

The Comets will look to follow Friday’s success when they travel to Destrehan next week to take on the Wildcats. St. Charles handed the Wildcats a rare home loss a year ago.

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