St. Charles Catholic pulled away from visiting Country Day by hogging the football in the second half on the way to a 24-6 triumph Friday night as the Comets remained unbeaten.
The Comets (4-0) held a slight 10-6 halftime edge but St. Charles held onto the ball for 19:47 of the second half.
Clinging to a four-point halftime lead, the Comets mounted an 11-play, 75-yard drive that used up 5:53 to open the third quarter. A bootleg run by St. Charles quarterback Justin Dumas extended the Comets’ lead to 17-6.
St. Charles went on a 12-play, 60-yuard drive that burned 6:29 off the clock as the Comets increased their lead to 24-6 with 9:25 left in the game on Joe Chiarella’s 3-yard run.
The Comets ran off the last 7:40 of the game to run out the clock and seal the victory.
Chiarella finished with 162 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 carries while Phillip Tran ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts.
Dumas had six rushes for 46 yards and a touchdown as he and Sutton Bourgeois split time at quarterback.
Along with being without quarterback Lloyd Nash and top defender Dellary Oubre, the Comets defeated Country Day without running back Narquez Jones, who also sat out the game with an injury.
Country Day quarterback Justin Ibieta rushed for 52 yards and passed for 99 yards and a touchdown. Cajuns defender Caleb Jenkins had 17½ tackles in the game.
A 35-yard Cameron Fabre field goal gave St. Charles a 3-0 lead at the 3:45 mark of the first quarter.
Late in the second quarter, Chiarella fumbled as he was about to cross the end zone, with an alert Randall Campbell recovering for the Comets in the end zone to extend the SCC lead to 10-0 with 3:37 remaining before halftime.
Country Day’s only score came on a 19-yard pass from Ibieta to Ross Talbot to cap and 80-yard drive in the closing moments of the first half.