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St. Charles Comets get ground game going to roll past Lusher

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  • October 06, 2018 - 1:50am

Photos by Jarrod MonaretSt. Charles running back Joe Chiarella (26) rushed for three first-quarter touchdowns in the Comets' 42-0 win over Lusher.

The St. Charles Catholic Comets ran over the Lusher Lions by producing 352 yards on the ground to take a 42-0 win Friday night in Laplace in the District 10-3A opener.

The Comets scored all of their 42 points in the first half, including touchdowns on their first two offensive plays of the game. 

Leading the way was Keenan Gauff with 106 yards on five carries and Joe Chiarella, who contributed four carries for 77 yards. 

Gauff and Chiarella each scored three times in the blowout victory. 

The Comet defense was also a major contributor, allowing just 70 total yards of offense and five first downs on the night.

The Lions were held to just 2.1 yards per play.

The rout by the Comets began from the very start as Chiarella took the ball 51 yards for the score on the first St. Charles play of the game. 

Just 24 seconds in, St. Charles led 7-0 and didn’t look back. 

Forcing a Lion punt, Comet returner Phillip Tran took the ball to the Lusher 21-yard line and gave his offense great starting position. 

On what was just their second play of the game, Chiarella dashed to the end zone, giving St. Charles a 14-0 advantage at the 9:10 mark of the opening quarter. 

The next Comet strike resulted when their offense put together an eight play, 77-yard drive. Chiarella found the end zone for his third score of the opening quarter to give St. Charles a 21-0 lead.

The next three scores came from Gauff, the Comets’ sophomore running back. The first was a 25-yard run to make the game 28-0 for St. Charles. 

The Comet defense set up the next opportunity for Gauff and the offense when defender Mason Narcisse recovered a fumble deep inside Lion territory. Gauff punched in the score, pushing the lead to 35-0. 

The final touchdown for Gauff was also the last score either side would see in the game. This time, Gauff went 59 yards as the final seconds of the first half winded down, sealing a dominant 42-0 victory.

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