Coming off three straight loses, the St. Cecilia football team was due to have big game.
That’s exactly what they got Friday night, drumming Wood River 47-0 at Duncan Field on homecoming.
“It was a nice win for us tonight,” St. Cecilia head coach Carl Tesmer said. “Hopefully, we’ll use it and build for the rest of the season.”
Both teams stalled to start the game, but Bluehawk quarterback Grant Schmidt jump-started the offense with a 35-yard run on a cutback play to put STC in scoring position. The very next snap junior Sam Clark found the endzone from 10 yards out and STC went up 7-0.
After a quick three-and-out from the Eagles, Schmidt marched the offense down the field again, this time scoring on an 11-yard speed option keeper to put the home team up two scores.
Tesmer said Schmidt did a nice job leading the offense throughout the night.
“I’m so happy for him as our senior quarterback,” Tesmer said. “He had a nice game, ran the offense well and showed what kind of a competitor he can be.”
It took STC just four plays in the second quarter to find the endzone for the third time. Schmidt once again got the offense going after a 26-yard scramble, and two plays later senior Hunter Stewart scored on a 22-yard double-reverse to put the Bluehawks up 20-0.
Chris Weidt scored from eight yards out on the next drive and senior Zach Glass broke off a 40-yard touchdown to put the game all but out of reach at 33-0.
Although the offense had a highlight reel type of game, STC’s defense deserved plenty of credit, too.
Wood River was held to just 17 first half yards and only managed 69 yards on the night. Glass led STC with 11 tackles, while Schmidt added eight of his own.
The Bluehawks scored twice more in the second half.
The first came on Glass’ second touchdown of the game, with the second coming after Stewart found the endzone for the second time.
In all, St. Cecilia had five different players score rushing touchdowns and racked up 394 yards on the ground.
While plenty of credit will go to the skill position players, Tesmer said the big night was, in part, because of a refocused effort up front, as well as an increased comfort level with the offense.
“We just went back to the basics this week and worked hard on the offensive line and we’re going to continue to work them,” he said. “Half of the offense is feeling comfortable and I think we at least felt somewhat comfortable with what we were doing.”
Schmidt led the team with 138 yards on seven carries, while Glass and Stewart combined for 152 yards and four touchdowns. Schmidt also threw for 62 yards on eight of 12 attempts.
With the win, St. Cecilia moves to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in district play, while Wood River fell to 0-5 and 0-1 in district play.
The Bluehawks will play perhaps their most pivotal game of the season next week against Doniphan-Trumbull, with the winner of that game sitting firmly in the C-2 District 7 driver’s seat.
Wood River.......0 0 0 0
St. Cecilia....13 20 7 7
STC -- Clark 7-yd TD run (PAT good) 7-0 STC
STC -- Schmidt 11-yd TD run (PAT no good) 13-0
STC -- Stewart 22-yd TD run (PAT good) 20-0
STC -- Weidt 8-yd TD run (PAT good) 27-0
STC -- Glass 40-yd TD run (PAT no good) 33-0
STC -- Glass 3-yd TD run (PAT good) 40-0
STC -- Stewart 13-yd TD run (PAT good) 47-0