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Comets conclude pre-district against Pine

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 7, 1998

RESERVE – The St. Charles Catholic Comets will square off against aformer district opponent before heading into district play next week as they take on Pine at Thomas Dupuy Stadium Friday night.

Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.The Comets will be looking to even their record at 3-3 after losing their first three games of the year. St. Charles Catholic and Pine were districtmates in the early 1990s.

St. Charles catholic is coming off its second straight blowout victory,defeating Berwick, 52-7, Friday night. The Comets had defeatedRedeemer-Seton, 45-18, the week before.

The Comets were paced by senior running back Wayne Stein who ran for two touchdowns and also had two scores receiving. Stein finished thegame with 25 yards rushing and 32 yards receiving.

Julian Ward led the Comets’ ground attack with 91 yards on three carries.

Josh Schexnayder added 79 yards and a touchdown on three carries while Doug Friloux rushed for 47 yards and a score on 10 carries as the Comets rushed for 258 yards.

Nick Monica hit on all seven of his passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns. John Price was the leading receiver, catching three passesfor 110 yards and a touchdown.

The St. Charles Catholic defense had its best game of the season, limitingBerwick to 125 total yards. The Comets intercepted a pass and forced twofumbles. Berwick did not get on the scoreboard until five seconds wereleft in the game.

“We came out and executed well right from the beginning,” St. CharlesCatholic coach Wayde Keiser said. “We are scratching and fighting our wayback into it.”The defense will face a Pine team that was held to 184 yards in a 43-29 loss to Jewel Sumner Friday. Krishun Williams led the Raiders, scoring onan 87-yard kickoff return and a 29-yard run. Alton Manning and AaronCoates also scored for the Raiders.

Sumner blitzed the Pine defense for 420 total yards, 387 of which came on the ground. Gary Smith had 203 yards and three touchdowns and JesseBlades added 103 yards.

Pine, a member of District 8-2A, comes into the game on a two-game losing streak. The Raiders are coming off their third playoff appearance inschool history, finishing the 1997 season with a 7-3 record. But 22seniors are gone from that team.

Williams and Cornelius Hardy lead the Raiders backfield and will run behind Mike Magee, an all-district selection last year. Manning, whodoubles as a fullback and linebacker, is one of the mainstays on defense along with defensive back Chris Marks and defensive end Derreck Adams.

Marks and Adams will also see time at quarterback.

“They are very young,” Keiser said of the Raiders. “They are young but playhard.”Keiser said the Comets have to continue their play of Friday night when they did not commit a turnover.

“We have to take care of business and can’t overlook anybody. We have totry to execute like we did Friday night. We didn’t put the ball on the groundand we need to do that again this Friday night.”Last year, the Comets trounced the Raiders, 35-7. Stein had 131 yards asthe Comets finished with 302 rushing yards. Ty Monica and John Pricehooked up four times for 45 yards and a score.

St. Charles Catholic opens district play next Friday at cross-parish rivalRiverside. Pine reenters district play at home against St. Thomas Aquinas.

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