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- November 21, 2014 - 4:54pm
Photo Credit: Eddie Hitt
By Connor Melofcik
When you play someone four times in two years, tensions can start to build. Throw in the fact that it’s the playoffs and that could explain the chippy, physical, slugfest played between the St. Charles Comets and the De La Salle Cavaliers on Friday night in Laplace.
Regardless, the Comets seem to have the Cavaliers all figured out now, cruising this time to a decisive 24-0 shutout victory in the Division II quarterfinals.
St. Charles, the No. 3 seed, advances to the semifinals at seventh-seeded Parkview Baptist, a 49-20 winner Friday over St. Michael the Archangel.
The Comets were moving early in the game. Quarterback Austin Weber had a 30-yard run and later ran 6 yards for a third-down conversion to keep the drive alive. The drive stalled when a hit by De La Salle’s Darrell Francis knocked Weber out of the game with a concussion. St. Charles settled for a 31-yard Andrew Rodrigue field goal and a 3-0 lead.
Penalties kept moving the Cavaliers backward on their next drive before a fumble by De La Salle running back Jabial White was recovered by the Comets.
The Comets, now with Patrick Ratliff at quarterback, initially had a tough time getting their rhythm back following Weber’s injury. Eventually facing a fourth-down situation, Justin Loupe picked up the needed yardage to keep the drive going. Dane Authement followed with an 18-yard reception to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Justin Loupe for a 10-0 St. Charles lead early in the second quarter.
Later, Ratliff hooked up with Erron Lewis, who made a juggling 45-yard catch. Following a third-down conversion on a short run by Loupe, Authement scored on a 6-yard screen pass to give the Comets a 17-0 lead going into halftime.
St. Charles was on the move to start the second half until an underthrown Ratliff pass was intercepted by De La Salle’s Josh Paul.
The Cavaliers mounted a drive that included a 17-yard run by Cole Lewis and an offside penalty against St. Charles that allowed De La Salle to convert on a fourth-and-4. De La Salle advanced into the red zone but failed to produce points when a fumbled exchange was recovered by St. Charles’ Brandon Andry.
St. Charles appeared to add to its lead on an 81-yard run by Lewis but the score was wiped out on a holding penalty.
The Comet defense continued their relentless pressure with sacks by Jonathan Scarpero, Trenton Matus, and a huge one on fourth down by Justin Dubose. The Comets took over after the turnover on downs and wasted no time scoring on a 43-yard touchdown run by Lewis out of the wildcat formation, giving St. Charles a 24-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
With freshman Julien Gums in at quarterback for De La Salle, the Cavaliers advanced to the St. Charles 9-yard line. After a bad snap pushed the Cavaliers back to the 17-yard line, Scarpero and Matus combined on a sack to give the ball back to the Comets as St. Charles preserved the shutout.
“This was a night of great jobs,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica told his team after the game. “Great job to the defense, great job to the assistants, and great job by Lewis and Loupe to really control the game. Patrick Ratliff also did a great job of stepping into Austin’s shoes when he went down. Win two more and let’s get a ring.”