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Comets keep ball away from Chalmette to blank Owls 29-0

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  • September 02, 2017 - 2:37am

Photos by Sean McDonaldFrank Monica's St. Charles Catholic Comets kept the football away from Chalmette in a 29-0 season-opening road win over the Owls.

St. Charles Catholic managed to stop Chalmette’s Wing-T offense by keep the ball away from the Owls in the Comet’s 29-0 season-opening road win Friday night.

The Comets held onto the ball for 16:02 in the first half and went on to amass 408 yards of total offense, including 345 rushing, for the game.

The victory was win No. 250 in the career of St. Charles coach Frank Monica.

“No. 1, all that means is you are old,” said Monica. “No. 2, it’s a tribute to the players and coaches that have all worked for me and played for me. It’s their milestone.”

It was a bittersweet triumph for Monica and the Comets as SCC lost quarterback Lloyd Nash with an apparent shoulder injury.

St. Charles Catholic hogged the ball from the beginning against Chalmette, going on a 73-yard drive in 14 plays that used up 7:02 off the clock. The Comets cashed in when Nash scored on a 17-yard run and Cameron Fabre added the conversion for a 7-0 St. Charles lead.

After the St. Charles defense forced Chalmette into a three-and-out, the Comets went on another time-consuming drive. Using up 5:18, SCC extended its advantage to 13-0 when Nash capped the 83-yard, 16-play possession with a 7-yard run at the 7:34 mark of the second quarter.

Fabre kicked a 29-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to give the Comets a 16-0 halftime lead.

St. Charles Catholic’s keep-away strategy limited the Owls to three possessions in the open half of play.

The Comets added two more touchdowns in the third quarter.

Joe Chiarella scored on a 14-yard run in the middle of the quarter and Narquez Jones added a 5-yard run with 1:37 remaining in the period to round out the scoring at 29-0.

While the St. Charles offense was rolling up the yards, the Comets’ defense held Chalmette to 195 yards, 146 of which came in the second half after the game was well in hand for SCC.

Without Nash, the Comets didn’t attempt a pass in the second half.

Jones finished with 165 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries. Nash scored twice on the ground while rushing for 76 yards on 11 attempts. Chiarella ended with 73 yards on eight carries.

Chalmette’s Michaund Blaise rushed for 120 yards on 20 carries.

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