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St. James gets run down

September 28, 1998|By MIKE WOLFF

ST. JAMES - The Poolesville Indians took advantage of their size, strength and experience to destroy the St. James Saints 47-6 on Saturday.

Senior running back Scott Stolzenburg was the primary beneficiary of the mismatch, as he ran for 162 yards on just 11 carries in the first half. The only reason he didn't get more was because the mercy rule took effect when Poolesville went ahead 39-0 before the end of the second quarter.

"I think we executed real well as a team," Stolzenburg said. "I just played my part. I am not a selfish player. I want to do whatever I can to help the team."

Poolesville (3-1) dominated the game from the beginning, when senior Anthony Tucci recovered a fumble by St. James quarterback Billy Keyes on the third play of the game. Poolesville made an early statement by taking control of the line of scrimmage and running the ball five times for 41 yards to set up a 1-yard TD run by Tucci.

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"The offense did a nice job," Poolesville head coach Chris Metzger said, "We were able to keep the running game going and control the line."

Poolesville went ahead 13-0 on 3-yard run by senior quarterback Chris Schmidt.

"The kids worked hard like we asked them to," Metzger said, "We jumped on them early, just like we needed to do."

The Indians opened up a 20-0 lead by the end of the first quarter when Stolzenburg scored on an 8-yard run, and put an exclamation point on the game when Schmidt connected on a 52-yard scoring strike to senior tailback Brian Schultz. The TD put the Indians ahead, 39-0.

By the time the first half came to end, the referees invoked the mercy rule. The second half was played with two nine -minute quarters with no clock stoppages.

Even when Poolesville appeared to slip up, they were able to put points on the board. After a touchdown by junior fullback Clint Gonchar, Poolesville set up to kick the extra point. The ball was errantly snapped over the holder's head into the hands of kicker Josh Odell, who proceeded to run in for the 2-point conversion.

"We ran into a buzzsaw today," St. James head coach Chick Meehan said, "They are a good physical football team and we are more of a finesse, perimeter team, and that showed today."

The lone score for St. James (1-3) came on a perfectly placed 34-yard TD pass from Keyes to senior tight end Larry Scott.

Poolesville's next game will be a big test when they take on Walter Johnson High School on Friday.

"We need to have a great week of practice," Stolzenburg said, "They have a good defense with a lot of returning players."

St. James plays their first game within their division next Saturday at Potomac.

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