Comets celebrate homecoming in big way

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 5, 1998

ROB ROMANCIK / L’Observateur / October 5, 1998

LAPLACE – The St. Charles Comets annihilated the Berwick Panthers 52 -7 before a large homecoming crowed last night.

It didn’t take long for the Comets to get on the scoreboard or for John Price to get into the action.

Taking a short screen pass from Nick Monica, shedding a couple tackles and after turning on the after-burners, he accelerated up-field for a 52- yard gain. Two plays later Monica hit Wayne Stein with a 12-yardtouchdown pass, and with under two minutes into the game the Comets were on top 7-0.

The Panthers’ first possession set the tone for the game. After a roughingthe passer penalty was called against the Comets, it gave Berwick perfect position across midfield to the 48 of St. Charles. But a miscue from centerto quarterback caused a fumble that Josh Gonzales recovered.

On the second play of that series Monica sent Price deep, and he managed to get a step behind the defender and run 48 yards for a touchdown with 7:30 left in the third period.

Shortly thereafter a tough Comet defense stopped the Panthers on a third down and inches quarterback sneak.

On the next series Julian Ward ran for 35 yards, and after tacking on a hitting out of bounds penalty, the Comets moved the ball inside the 20- yard line. With 2:20 remaining in the first quarter Stein ran it in from 3yards out.

Price could have had his second touchdown of the first quarter, but a 70- yard punt return was called back due to a personal foul on the Comets’ receiving team.

On the first play of second quarter Julian Ward scampered 50 yards on a run play, and two downs later Josh Schexnayder ran it in from the 22 with 11:22 remaining in the half.

The Comets led 28-0 after a good solid drive by Schexnayder. Monica hitStein for a 21-yard pass that made it 35-0 with just over 6 minutes in the second half.

With time running out in the first half, Price hit a 42-yard field goal with little effort. That kick would have been good from 55 yards with a strongwind in front of him.

After a 29-yard run by Schexnayder Stein ran it in from the 5 with 7:12 remaining in the third. That increased the Comets’ lead to 45-0. With over8 minutes left in the game, Doug Friloux added another touchdown with a 20-yard run.

After being intercepted twice, the Panthers decided to keep the ball on the ground, and with 5 seconds left in the game and strong running by Shane Chaisson, Kevin Terrebonne and James Flint, Berwick managed its only touchdown of the evening.

Monica was a perfect 7-7 for 157 yards, and Price had three receptions for 110 yards. The rushing offense acquired 258 yards on 32 attempts.St. Charles Catholic hosts Pine Friday night.

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