St. Charles Catholic bounced back from its first loss of the season in dominating fashion, blanking Sophie B. Wright 42-0 in the District 12-2A opener Friday night in Laplace.
The Comets, 5-1 overall, used a formula that has worked throughout the season in opening league play with a victory. Wright fell to 1-4 on the year.
“It’s always good to be back and win again,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said. “You can always build off of a win. It wasn’t one of our better efforts as far as assignments were concerned. We got by with the win but as I told the kids, the mistakes we made, we can’t do that against a more experience opponent.”
Like it has done most of the season, St. Charles took advantage of its average starting field position being its own 49-yard line.
“They (the Warriors) made a number of errors on special teams and that helped us a lot. It helped us kind of get a big advantage in field position. It put us in four-down territory a lot more than normal,” Monica said.
The St. Charles defense allowed the Warriors a total of 24 yards of total offense and two first downs. The Comets’ defense also held Wright to 0 of 9 on third-down conversion attempts.
“Our defense played really, really well and eliminated the big plays. We had more numbers than them. I think that was the difference in the game. A number of their kids went two ways and it showed,” said Monica.
The Comets scored all of their points in the first half in a game featuring a running clock in the second half.
Justin Loupe got things started for St. Charles with a 4-yard touchdown run at the 7:48 mark of the first quarter for a quick 7-0 lead.
Tyler Sandefer made it 14-0 on a 1-yard run before a 9-yard run by Lloyd Nash gave the Comets a 21-0 lead after one quarter.
St. Charles extended the lead to 28-0 less than two minutes into the second quarter on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Nash to Brady Becker.
A Warriors fumble led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Loupe to give the Comets a 35-0 lead.
Special teams provided the Comets with their final touchdown of the game when a punt snap went over the head of the Warriors’ punter and Trenton Matus recovered in the end zone.
Loupe finished as the Comets’ leading rusher with 36 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns.
Nash was at quarterback for the Comets in place of an injured Patrick Ratliff, rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown while completing 6 of 7 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
“Nash did well. He managed the ball. He made a couple of nice runs and nice throws. We yanked him early. He has a bright future,” Monica said.