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Saints add 'em up for victory

September 23, 2000

Saints add 'em up for victory



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


ST. JAMES - The St. James offensive philosophy is a strange combination of ex-Ohio State coach Woody Hayes and an elementary math school teacher.

It's training table and multiplication table joining forces. Hayes believed in the "Three yards and a cloud of dust" running attack. In math, do that four times and you have more than enough for a first down.

For the Saints to make sense of it, all they do is hand it to Brandon Monroe. The sophomore halfback came up with the answer by rushing for 162 yards, including touchdown jaunts of 94 and 32 yards, to lead the Saints to a 35-13 win over Maret in a Mid Atlantic Conference game.

"I believe that if we can get Brandon or Antoine (Cooper) just one block, they will get us a couple of yards," St. James coach Daryl Hayes said. "If we can get that one lead block to the point of attack and connect, they can get us three yards. We don't punt much, so four (plays) times three yards is 12 and we only need 10 for a first down."

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Most of St. James' point of attack was around the outer ends of Maret's defensive line, allowing Monroe and other Saints' runners to pop free for yardage. The Saints rushed for 375 yards in all in 41 tries, including 24 plays that went for three yards or more.

"We realized that all we needed to do is get one block to get things to happen," Monroe said. "We were in better condition, thanks to the 5:30 workouts of Coach."

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The Saints marched on the game's opening drive, finishing an 80-yard push with Will Moyet's 31-yard scoring pass to Sid Huguenin, who caught the ball at the 20 and ran in for the touchdown for an 8-0 lead.

Monroe broke the game open with on the second play of St. James' first drive of the second quarter. He took a handoff designed to go off right tackle and broke it around end, breaking three tackles, including a last-ditch lunge by Darren Sun at the Maret 30 to complete a 94-yard jaunt.

"When I got the pitch, the fullback got the block to the outside and I cut in and got free," Monroe said. "I almost got tackled downfield, but I got by with the help of Coach."

And a changed play.

"The play was an audible," Hayes said. "They were eagling down and we were running at the guard and tackle hole. We thought that Monroe was going to be a sweeper for us, but he can run inside. He's very gifted. He comes from good bloodlines."

Huguenin's second 31-yard touchdown catch gave St. James a 22-0 halftime lead. The Saints held Maret to 25 yards of offense on 25 plays while running off 296 yards of its own in the first half.

Maret scored on the first drive of second half with help of 25 yards in St. James penalties. Jack Lyons hit Joe Canale on a 7-yard scoring pass to cap a 64-yard drive.

The Saints' defense held as Maret tried to pass its way back in the game but only hit on 13 of 32 tries. Monroe broke off his 32-yard scoring sweep to the left to give St. James a 28-7 lead after three quarters.

Danny Plank scored on a 17-yard quarterback keep in the fourth to give the Saints a 28-point lead. St. James finished with 464 yards of total offense.

Maret scored a consolation touchdown when Lyons hit Gabe Podesta with a 31-yard touchdown with three minutes remaining in the game. Podesta is the son of Dick Podesta, the White House Chief of Staff, who attended the game.

St. James 35, Maret 13

Maret 0076-13

St. James81467-35

SJ - Sid Huguenin 31 pass from Will Moyet (Emilio Rodriguez run)

SJ - Brandon Monroe 94 run (Rodriguez run)

SJ - Huguenin 31 pass from W. Moyet (run failed)

M - Joe Canale 7 pass from Jack Lyons (Canale kick)

SJ - Monroe 32 run (kick failed)

SJ - Dan Plank 17 run (Huguenin kick)

M - Gabe Podesta 31 pass from Lyons (pass failed)

MSJ

First downs1313

Rushes-yards21-8 41-375

Passing yards 17789

Comp.-att.-int.13-32-17-11-1

Total offense53-18552-464

Fumbles-lost4-04-2

Punts-avg.5-34.02-33.5

Penalties9-8515-140

Records - St. James 2-1

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