Comets continue blistering run, beat Northshore

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2011



LAPLACE – Lazedrick Thompson and Marcus Hall each topped 100 yards rushing and Donnie Savoie was efficient through the air as top-ranked St. Charles secured its third straight dominating victory, 36-8.
Thompson finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Hall had 103 yards and a score on 14 carries. Savoie completed 14 of 20 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, cornerback Jeffrey Hall stood out, hauling in two interceptions.
SCC coach Frank Monica saw a Northshore team coming to LaPlace looking to rectify a lopsided week two loss. He said his team’s execution early helped stem the tide of Panther emotion.
“We got on top early, which was a help,” said Monica. “They fought us till the end. They didn’t back down at all.”
St. Charles took a 15-0 lead early in the second quarter when Thompson scored from one yard away; his first score came in the first quarter, after the first of Hall’s interceptions negated a St. Charles fumble in Comet territory. SCC went for two after the first touchdown and succeeded.
Marcus Hall ripped off a 54-yard touchdown run to make it 22-0 with 5:22 left in the second quarter. The Comets made it 29-0 with 45 seconds left in the half, on Savoie’s first scoring pass; that went to Sammy Miller for an eight-yard touchdown.
For the third time in as many games, SCC began the second half with a touchdown on either its first drive or kick return. This time, Savoie connected with Marcus Hall for a 29-yard score to finish off a SCC drive and make it 36-0.
Monica said Marcus Hall’s ability as a returner has given his Comets a major lift in those situations.
“He set up our first touchdown with a punt return, then opens the third quarter with a strong kickoff return, giving us a short field,” he said.
Chris Millet led SCC in receiving, catching five passes for 55 yards. Marcus Hall added 46 yards on three receptions.
Monica said that his one quibble with the game was the way the Comets finished. A pair of turnovers late in the game was something he doesn’t wish to see begin a pattern.
“We had some young kids and that factored in, but if you’re on this team, you still need to execute,” he said.
But the Comets seem a lock to remain atop the Class 3A rankings after yet another strong performance.
“We did a good job mixing it up tonight,” Monica said. “We need to be able to keep teams off balance and we did a good job of that tonight.”