St. Charles advances with ease over Jeanerette

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 13, 2010

By Dave Woodall

In the opening round of the Class 2-A Bi-District state playoff, St. Charles Catholic lived up to their reputation as the 3rd-seeded Comets put a 51-6 thrashing on the Jeanerette Tigers who were the 30th seed.

As the representative from District 6-2A the Tigers finish their season at 5-6 while SCC climbs to 10-1 overall and headed to the next round.

SCC made it clear early that the Tigers were in for a very long night.

The Comets scored on six, consecutive possessions. Their seventh series began with only :56 left in the half to spoil their run.

Lazedrick Thompson got things going with a one yard run at 10:07 in the first quarter after only two plays. Ben Brady’s PAT made it 7-0.

Marcus Hall scored next at 8:50 on a seven yard run to make it 14-0.

The Tigers problems in the punting game set the Comets up with excellent field position on every series.

With 4:36 left in the first quarter Comet QB, Donnie Savoie, hit Hall on a pretty 28 yard scoring strike to make it 21-0.

SCC continued their first quarter onslaught scoring again on a seven yard Thompson run at 2:12 to make it 28-0.

Hall scored his third touchdown of the night with 11:13 left in the half on a 17-yard run to establish a 35-0 cushion.

Jeanerette scored their only points of the game on their next possession thanks to their talented running back Anthony Williams. Williams had runs of 19 and 33 in the drive which culminated with a touchdown with 7:57 left in the half. Juandre Gilliam’s PAT was blocked narrowing the SCC lead to 35-6.

Hall scored his fourth touchdown of the night with 4:35 left in the half taking it in from one yard out. Brady continued his string of successful PAT’s hitting on his sixth, consecutive try to end the half at 42-6.

The second half saw only nine points scored—all by SCC. Comet coach Frank Monica left the second half up to his substitutes.

Brandon Zimmer scored the only Comet touchdown of the second half on a one-yard run for the Comet’s seventh touchdown of the night with 8:32 showing on the clock and the score at 49-6.

The final two points in the game came via a Jeanerette safety. Tiger QB Gilliam was trapped in his own end zone and opted to throw it away which resulted in an intentional grounding penalty and the subsequent safety to end the scoring at 51-6.

The leading rusher in the game was Jeanerette’s Williams who lugged the ball 23 times for 85 yards and the Tiger’s only score and was well below his 212 yards a game average.

Thompson led the Comets rushing attack with 71 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns. Hall also had a fine night carrying the ball 10 times for 53 yards and four touchdowns.

Comet QB Savoie had an excellent night in the air hitting on 6 of 7 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. On defense, the Comets were relentless. Jared Keating, David Bleakley, Macky Cortez and Dalton Hale came up big holding the Tiger offense to only 151 total yards. Cortez and Hale each had an interception as well.

Coach Monica was happy with the win saying, “We took advantage of the short field that Jeanerette gave us and I thought we executed our offense well. The kids worked hard this week and took care of the ball.”

Monica now points his team to next week’s match up with Farmerville who was victorious over a good Northlake Christian squad.

“We take on an excellent Farmerville team next week that is probably more physical than they were last year. It should be a great high school game and I think that we have a lot of good football in front of us.”