Sophie B. Wright is still searching for its first points of the season after the St. Charles Comets blanked the Warriors 38-0 in the District 12-2A opener Friday night in Laplace.
The Warriors (0-6 overall, 0-1 in district) were limited to 120 yards of total offense.
“We were able to straighten things out after allowing a couple of first downs on their first drive of the game, and started to play much better,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said.
St. Charles running back Joe Chiarella was the first Comet of the night to find the end zone with a 7-yard run at the 4:40 mark of the opening quarter of play
After Wright’s punt was blocked by Rico Lumar, the Comet offense took over and Chiarella found the end zone again, this time on a 6-yard score run gave St. Charles a 14-0 lead with less than a minute left in the opening quarter. Chiarella finished his night with six carries for 59 yards and two scores.
Lumar managed to block another punt in the second quarter and the Comets were once again able to capitalize off of the special teams play. After Phillip Tran found the end zone on a 4-yard run at the 7:13 mark of the second quarter, the Comets had all of the momentum and a 21-0 lead.
With St. Charles holding a big, early lead, the Comets elected to give backup quarterback Robby Gilbert some playing time and moving starting quarterback Lloyd Nash to receiver. The two hooked up on a 30-yard touchdown pass to give the Comets a 28-0 halftime lead.
Special teams dominance continued in the third quarter as the Comets (5-1 overall, 1-0 in district) blocked their third punt of the night, this time thanks to Thomas Celestin. The block set up a 2-yard run by Donald Fluker, giving the Comets a 35-0 lead.
Andrew Rodrigue added a 38-yard field goal at the 1:52 mark of the third quarter for the final points of the game.
After the game, Monica praised the work of his special teams after they blocked three punts and gave the offense an average starting position of Wright’s 35-yard line.
“We really wanted to get off to a quick start, and we were able to do just that. The ability to have such great starting field position all game was very important,” said Monica.