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St. Charles falls short to Parkview 29-20 in Division II semifinals

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  • November 28, 2014 - 9:06am

Photos by Eddie Hitt/RBI PhotographyA stellar prep career comes to an end for St. Charles senior quarterback Austin Weber as the Comets lose 29-20.

By Michael Hotard

BATON ROUGE - The book closed on third-seed St. Charles Catholic as a slow start against seventh-seed Parkview Baptist was enough to keep the Comets out of the Superdome to compete for a state title.
St. Charles fell Friday night at Parkview with a final score of 29-20.

Comets coach Frank Monica was very blunt after his team's defeat in the semifinal matchup.

“I thought we stunk. I thought we stunk. Very simple, we couldn't do anything right. We did not line up right. We made a number of mistakes and mental errors and I don’t know why,” Monica said. “I thought we played really, really tight. We played intimidated.”

The Eagles started strong with their triple-option attack, rushing for 206 yards in the first quarter. Parkview scored on its first three possessions, giving the Eagles a comfortable 22-7 lead after one quarter of play.

The Comets' lone score in the first quarter came after a massive return by junior running back Tahj Smith after Parkview’s second touchdown.

Smith took the ball all the way down to the Parkview 26-yard line. Three plays later, senior quarterback Austin Weber punched it in from 11 yards out.

St. Charles began to create some momentum for itself after another big special teams play on a Smith punt return, bringing his team in striking distance again. The Comets had the ball on the Parkview 30-yard line. Weber completed a 19-yard pass on third and long to junior receiver Dane Authement for a first down, keeping the drive alive. Five plays later, senior running back Erron Lewis punched it in from 2 yards out, cutting the deficit 22-14.

The Comets scored for the last time on their opening third-quarter drive. St. Charles drove 80 yards on 11 plays. Weber completed three passes on the drive for 22, 16, and 18 yards. Lewis found the end zone again on a 3-yard run.

Lewis finished the game with 12 carries for 39 yards and two touchdowns.

After Parkview missed a field goal wide right with 7:34 to go, St. Charles took over from the 20-yard line down 22-20. The Comets were driving and converted a third-and-2 when Weber was stripped by the Eagles free safety Trent Kavanaugh, who picked up the loose ball.

“We felt we were in it. We had a drive going at the end and the fumble occurred. Give them credit for taking the ball away,” Monica said. “I was disappointed because I felt like there were some plays that we did not get to that would have been effective against them.”

Four plays later, Parkview ran some trickery on an option pass wheb senior running back Houston Robert heaved the ball high into the end zone, where it found junior split end Jaylon Carlin, who jumped over a Comet defender to snag the ball.

The following drive for the Comets was stalled after Parview Baptist senior cornerback Josh Stansell came up with an interception, shattering the championship hope for St. Charles.

Weber finished the game 7 of 13 for 103 yards and one interception.

Although the final score was relatively close at 29-20, the yardage tells a different story as Parkview outgained the Comets 383 to 260, with most of the yards coming from the first-quarter onslaught.

“We just didn't play very well on defense in the first half. In the second half, we made some adjustments and started relaxing and playing a little more. Why we started tight, I don’t know. We played good competition all year long to prepare us for this,” said Monica. “The tempo of the game wasn't something we were used to. With a triple-option offense, you have to be ready to handle that fastball. We didn't do a very good job of that in the first half. In the second half, I thought we did. We played resilient. There are a couple of things I wish I had back, a couple of calls I wish I had back because I would have played them differently.”

After a 9-3 season, Monica said he has a sour taste in his mouth after getting a disappointing output one game short of the Superdome.

“I feel really bad for our 18 seniors because our seniors are good character guys. They are excellent," said Monica. “I just didn't think we played with enough poise whatsoever from the beginning, from the opening kickoff. We had a number of mistakes.”

The veteran head coach said he is not even sure if he can watch the film because of how frustrating the loss is.

“I am going to kick myself in fanny over and over again,” Monica said “I just think we are a better football team than what we showed tonight.”

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