Comets dash away from bad weather, Tate in win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 3, 2011

Call it a successful road trip.

St. Charles Catholic traveled to Pensacola, Florida on Friday night and not only got away from the dreary local weather conditions, but collected a dominating 42-0 win over Tate High School.

Tate is the equivalent of a Class 5A team in Louisiana and will count as a 4A school in terms of power points.

“We didn’t know what to expect,” said SCC coach Frank Monica. “We knew they were changing to a spread offense, but we had no film on that. Last year they ran an offense called a “scrum” … we thought they might go back to it and we spent some time practicing against that. I give our defense a lot of credit for playing hard all game … with them running the style of no-huddle they run, you can’t really subsitiute, and our players did a great job of staying on top of things.”

Both Marcus Hall and Lazedrick Thompson rushed for over 100 yards and scored. Hall ran 14 times for 116 yards and two scores and added a third touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half, a 95-yard return that put SCC ahead 35-0.

Meanwhile, Thompson carried 15 times for 141 yards and a score.

“We went in with the intention of establishing the run. We wanted to run for over 200 yards and I believe we did that tonight,” said Monica. “I’m very pleased. We only had one turnover, and it came at the very end of the game. So that’s a big plus.”

Donnie Savoie completed 6-of-12 attempts for 80 yards and a score on a 16-yard pass to Matt Torres.

Hall also nearly scored on a punt return, but the points were negated by penalty: SCC overcame 13 penalties for 120 yards.

Brandon Zimmer added a 1-yard touchdown run to the SCC total.

Monica said he felt the team did a lot to address the issues he felt plagued them in last week’s jamboree loss to East St. John.

“There was more of a sense of urgency at practice,” he said. “Against effectively a 5A school, our kids did a good job refocusing. It was a good performance.”