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St. Charles ‘totally, totally sloppy’ in 20-0 win over Wilkinson County

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  • September 16, 2017 - 2:35am

File photosJoe Chiarella returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown to help spark St. Charles Catholic past Wilkinson Country 20-0 Friday night in Woodville, Miss.

The St. Charles Catholic Comets had a bit of a hangover after its big win last week over Destrehan but still managed to eke out a 20-0 win over Wilkinson County on Friday night in Woodville, Miss.

“We were very lethargic. We played lazy and weren’t alert. We had cobwebs from last week’s game,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said.

The Comets (3-0) fumbled a midfield on their opening possession and were driving later in the first half before fumbling the ball away inside the Wilkinson County 20-yard line.

SCC held and forced a punt, with Phillip Tran returning the ball 30 yards to the Wildcats’ 20-yard line. Narquez Jones, playing the wildcat position, ranked the ball four-straight times and scored on a 5-yard run at the 5:47 mark of the second quarter for the only score of the first half.

“We were sloppy the whole game. We were totally, totally sloppy. It started from the snaps with the quarterback-center exchange. We had some bobbles and we just weren’t alert. There were balls on the ground and we weren’t paying attention to and we weren’t blocking anybody,” Monica said.

Wilkinson County (1-3), which has been shut out in all three of its losses, mounted one drive that ended in an interception by Comets defender Nick Lorio in the red zone.

Joe Chiarella returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-0.

“We needed that in the second half. We wanted to get good field position but Joe Chiarella took it all the way and that kind of helped us get some separation,” Monica said.

St. Charles Catholic’s final score came on a 55-yard run by Tran at the 5:50 mark of the third quarter to make it 20-0.

Jones finished with 112 yards rushing on 21 carries. Tran ended with 91 yards on 13 attempts. Chiarella rushed for 55 yards on seven carries to go along with his kickoff return for a touchdown.

Playing without injured Lloyd Nash, Sutton Bourgeois and Justin Dumas played quarterback for St. Charles to go along with Jones in the wildcat formation.

“The offense just tanked. They didn’t play well at all. Some of it was due to the fact that we didn’t do well throwing the football. We have to get better at that in the future,” said Monica.

Most of Wilkinson County’s offense came from Freddie Byrd. Of the Wildcats’ 145 yards of total offense, 139 came from the quarterback’s 13 of 22 passing effort.

The effort of the Comets, Monica said, must improve drastically going into next week’s game against Country Day.

“If we do this again this week, we will get beat because Country Day is a team is a team that will take advantage of that stuff,” the St. Charles coach said. “They are a sound football team.”

“The only good thing that came out of is that it was a ‘W.’ We have so much to work on.”

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