The mid-week out-of-state trip proved to be worth the two-and-a-half hour drive for the St. Charles Comets who defeated Port Gibson, Mississippi, 28-0 on Thursday night.
Originally scheduled for Friday, the game was moved up a day because of expected inclement weather in the Port Gibson area.
“I’m glad we moved it to a Thursday. I think it was a good move because of (bad) weather coming in. At least we were able to play on a dry field and didn’t have to worry about the conditions,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said.
Joshua Tamplain came up with an early interception and while it didn’t lead to a St. Charles score, it set the for the Comets against Port Gibson (1-6).
“We were sluggish. The key was our defense came up with turnovers and our special teams. We had four turnovers and that allowed us to play on a really short field,” said Monica.
SCC’s average starting possession in the game was its own 46-yard line.
A recovery by Samuel Joyce of a fumble by Port Gibson running back Quavion Barnes gave the Comets the ball near midfield. Eight plays later, Zach Vicknair, playing in place of Dumas, scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a 7-0 St. Charles lead less than a minute into the second quarter.
An 11-yard run by Kaiden Jones gave the Comets a 14-0 halftime lead.
Phillip Tran, who rushed for a game-high 98 yards, scored on a 17-yard run to give St. Charles a 21-0 lead late in the third quarter.
A muffed kick on the ensuing kickoff was recovered by St. Charles’ Mandel Eugene, giving the ball right back to the Comets at the Port Gibson 12-yard line.
Vicknair scored one play later to round out the scoring at 28-0.
The SCC quarterback finished with 80 yards rushing while Keenan Gauff added 76 yards as the Comets ran for 284 yards on the night.
Brandon Robinson, the Port Gibson quarterback, was 13 of 29 passing for 138 yards and two interceptions.