St. Charles Catholic found out how the other half lives with a 21-0 loss to De La Salle on Friday night at Hoss Memtas Stadium in Harvey.
The Comets were held to 157 yards of total offense while surrendering 361 yards.
After opening the season without allowing a point through 11 quarters, SCC (3-1) suffered a rare shutout loss.
St. Charles’ average starting position was its own 40-yard line but was unable to take advantage of the field position.
The Comets, who entered the game ranked No. 5 in Class 2A, had three drives inside the De La Salle 40-yard line in the first half but came away with no points. On one of the possessions, SCC was forced to punt, and the other two drives ended with turnovers on downs.
De La Salle, the top-ranked team in Class 3A, threatened early, facing first-and-goal at the St. Charles 8-yard line but it was the Cavaliers who failed to score when Comets defender Joshua Tamplain recovered at the 11-yard line.
A 20-yard pass from De La Salle quarterback Cole Milford to Montrell Johnson with one second remaining in the second quarter gave the Cavaliers a 7-0 lead at halftime.
De La Salle (4-0) extended its lead to 13-0 on a 67-yard pass from Milford to Makhi Paris at the 6:31 mark of the third quarter.
The Comets threatened late in the third quarter, advancing to the De La Salle 13-yard line. A sack and a pair of penalties eventually placed SCC in a fourth-and-24 situation from the 27-yard line. The drive ended with an interception at the goal line.
De La Salle added a touchdown with 5:41 left in the game on a 10-yard run by Byron Philips and a two-point conversion run by the Cavaliers running back to account for the 21-0 final.
St. Charles played most of the game without running back Keenan Gauff, who suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter.
Zack Vicknair led the Comets in passing and rushing. The SCC quarterback was 5 of 10 passing for 44 yards while rushing for 50 yards on 14 carries.
Johnson finished with 99 yards rushing for De La Salle, 80 of which came in the second half. Phillips rushed for 89 yards.
Milford was 6 of 10 passing for 148 yards.
De La Salle linebacker Anthony Young Jr. had two interceptions in the second half, including the one at the goal line.
Cavaliers defensive lineman Jamarian Peterson had a pair of sacks in the fourth quarter.