Wolves edge Comets on late touchdown

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 14, 1998

L’Observateur / September 14, 1998

BATON ROUGE – Redemptorist overcame a 13-12 halftime deficit to defeat St. Charles Catholic, 20-13, Friday night, sending the Comets to 0-2 forthe first time since 1994.

Shawn Lambert scored on an 8-yard run with about six minutes left after carrying the ball eight times on the drive. Chris Williams then passed toAndy Wood on a halfback pass for the two-point conversion, giving the Wolves a 20-13 lead.

Redemptorist converted 3-of-4 third down attempts on the drive and picked up another first down on a late hit call against the Comets.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Wolves pooched the kick and recovered it.

Redemptorist moved the ball inside the Comets’ 20-yard line but missed on a field goal attempt, giving St. Charles catholic new life at its 20-yardline.

On the first play, Nick Monica hit Julian Ward with a screen pass and Ward carried it into Wolves territory to the 35-yard line. Wayne Stein gainednine yards on the next carry, but on second-and-one, the Comets fumbled the exchange and the Wolves recovered at their 26.

The Comets got one more chance after holding the Wolves to three-and- out, but were called for roughing the punter on a block attempt.

Redemptorist then ran out the clock to preserve the victory.

For the second straight week, the Comets jumped ahead on their opening drive, moving the ball downfield behind two screen plays. Nick Monica tookit in for the score on a one-yard sneak. The extra point was no good, butthe Comets had grabbed a 6-0 lead.

Redemptorist started its next drive at its 20 and on the first play from scrimmage, Lambert took it the distance for the score. The Wolves alsomissed the extra point, leaving the score tied at six.

In the second quarter, the Wolves recovered a Comets fumble at the St.

Charles catholic 23. On third-and-goal from the 8, Shelton Sampson sweptright, avoided a tackle by Josh Gonzales, reversed his field and swept around the left side for the score. The try for two was no good, but theWolves led 12-6 midway through the second quarter.

The Comets would drive 65 yards in the final two minutes of the half to grab a 13-12 lead with Stein taking it in from 3 yards out.

St. Charles Catholic would recover a Redemptorist fumble inside the 20-yard line on the opening drive of the second half but could not capitalize as its field goal try was blocked. The defenses dominated the rest of thequarter and the Comets went into the fourth quarter with a one-point lead.

Stein led the Comets with 84 yards rushing. Nick Monica completed 8-of-10 passes for 116 yards as the Comets gained 200 yards in total offense.

St. Charles Catholic fumbled six times, recovering three.Lambert paced the Wolves with 183 yards on 26 carries. Redemptoristended the game with 303 total yards. The Wolves fumbled three times andrecovered one.

St. Charles Catholic holds its home opener against Christian Life at 7 p.m.Friday.

Redemptorist hosts Ascension Catholic.

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