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Injury-depleted St. Charles Comets fall to EA for first loss of season

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  • September 30, 2017 - 5:00am

File photosThe only points Frank Monica's injury-depleted St. Charles Comets could produce was a safety in a 21-2 loss to East Ascension on Friday night in Gonzales.

Jimel London rushed for two touchdowns and Jason Wakefield passed for 216 yards as East Ascension handed visiting St. Charles Catholic its first loss of the season with a 21-2 win Friday night in Gonzales.

“It was a case of us not being able to handle their linemen on the offensive side of the ball or the defensive side of the ball. We were poorly prepared for the game. I think our kids played hard but we were poorly prepared and that’s my fault,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said of his team’s first loss of the season.

An injury-depleted Comets squad was no match for East Ascension’s size on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The Spartans amassed 304 yards of total offense while limiting SCC to 161.

“We have to go back to basics this week with a fresh start. We had six starters out and it doesn’t look like we will get any of them back so this is our team for the rest of the year so we better grow up and get better,” said Monica.

London scored on a 52-yard run while playing the wildcat position to give East Ascension a 7-0 lead at the 7:53 mark of the first quarter.

The Spartans (4-1) recovered an on-side kick but was unable to take advantage when East Ascension fumbled the ball away at the Comets’ 9-yard line.

Taking a page out of the St. Charles playbook, the Spartans mounted an 84-yard drive that took 11 plays and used up 5:34 on the clock before London scored on a 17-yard run to give East Ascension a 14-0 lead.

St. Charles Catholic (4-1) countered with a 10-play, 70-yard drive that used up 6:13 of the clock but the Comets came away with no points when they missed a 31-yard field goal to close the first half.

“We went from second-and-2 and we take a big sack and we don’t get a first down and we decided to go for the field goal. It was nothing special that they did. They were just more physical than we were. They had bigger and stronger players and they just pushed us around,” Monica said.

A fumble gave the Comets the ball at the EA 46-yard line with 7:29 remaining in the third quarter. SCC was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 4-yard line and gave up the ball on downs.

“The offense couldn’t take any pressure off the defense,” said Monica. “The defense in the second half played really well but the offense took no pressure off the defense. We squandered a number of red zone opportunities.

“We had far too many sacks and got behind the chains. All the formulas for losing, we followed.”

The Comets’ only points of the game came moments later when Nicholas Lorio tackled East Ascension running back Thomas Levy in the end zone for a safety to make it 14-2.

A punt pinned the Spartans at their own 10-yard line but Wakefield hooked up with Shemar Thompson on a 90-yard pass play for a 21-2 lead with 7:40 left in the game.

“We had a busted coverage and that was kind of the backbreaker. They got behind us and made it look like an easy touchdown,” Monica said.

Wakefield ended the game 11 of 15 passing for 216 yards while London had nine carries for 80 yards.

The Comets were 3 of 14 on third-down conversion attempts.

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