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Saints take care of business emphatically to tame Panthers

September 12, 2010|By MARK KELLER
  • Saint James defensive tackle George Eric Colbert (55) closes in from behind to tackle Hancock quarterback Garrett Wiles on Saturday during the Saints' 48-7 victory.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

SAINT JAMES -- On Sept. 11, Saint James football coach Chris Milmoe felt a responsibility to talk to his team about responsibility in his pregame speech.

"I think it's important to remember this day and the responsibility of those firefighters that ran into the World Trade Center," Milmoe said. "So many teenagers try to avoid responsibility. That's what gives you purpose, gives you drive. Without responsibility, life has no meaning.

"They had a responsibility today to get the job done and they did."

The Saints got the job done in a hurry Saturday against Hancock, scoring 27 points in the first quarter on their way to a 48-7 victory over the Panthers.

Jamie Peterson threw five touchdown passes and the Saints (2-0) rolled up 511 yards of offense and scored the most points by a Saint James team since the end of the 2006 season.

On the other side, Hancock (1-1) was unable to get its offense untracked. Playing without receiver Eli Souders, who was ineligible after being ejected from last week's game, the Panthers managed just 32 yards in the first half.

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The Panthers finished with 125 yards, but 86 of those came on their one scoring play -- a touchdown pass from Garrett Wiles to Tanner Dobrzanski.

"Their kids always play hard," Hancock coach Dave Mahaffey said. "We seem to have a mental break against them where we just don't come out and do what we've prepared to do. That's on me. I have to break them of that."

Saint James looked to establish the run early and it only took one play -- a 43-yard run by Mike Townes -- to do just that. Three plays later, Peterson threw his first touchdown pass, a 6-yard hitch to Tommy Wagner, who then added the point-after kick.

Townes finished with 126 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, Chris Pritchard had 56 yards and a touchdown and Robert Taylor-Smith had 57 rushing yards.

Wagner's kickoffs helped keep Hancock from beginning any of its drives with favorable field position. Four of his kickoffs went into the end zone for touchbacks, while the other three were taken from inside the 10-yard line.

Wagner accounted for half of Saint James' points, catching touchdown passes of 6, 21 and 36 yards and kicking six PATs. Kevin McCormack caught two touchdown passes --28 and 55 yards. Peterson was 6 for 9 passing for 165 yards.

The large cushion gave Milmoe an opportunity to play his substitutes for the entire second half, getting them playing time which will help the Saints depth later this season and giving them a chance to shine.

He singled out Alex Demarco, who caught a short pass from Kevin Manesh and turned it into a 67-yard gain to the Hancock 2.

"I have an individual goal this year for every player on this team to have one meaningful moment in a game," Milmoe said. "For Alex, I wish he could've gotten that one into the end zone. But that's something he can hold on to for the rest of his life."

The game was delayed for 10 minutes late in the first quarter when Hancock's Ben True was injured while tackling Townes. Coaches and trainers were tending to True's left leg and he was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher with his left knee elevated.

Saint James 48, Hancock 7

Hancock 0 0 7 0 -- 7

Saint James 27 21 0 0 -- 48

SJ -- Tommy Wagner 6 pass from Jamie Peterson (Wagner kick)

SJ -- Kevin McCormack 28 pass from Peterson (Wagner kick)

SJ -- Wagner 21 pass from Peterson (pass failed)

SJ -- McCormack 55 pass from Peterson (Wagner kick)

SJ -- Chris Pritchard 36 run (Wagner kick)

SJ -- Mike Townes 22 run (Wagner kick)

SJ -- Wagner 36 pass from Peterson (Wagner kick)

H -- Tanner Dobrzanski 86 pass from Garrett Wiles (Tyler Cheng kick)

Hanc SJ

First downs 2 18

Rushes-yards 23-39 36-279

Passing yards 86 232

Comp-Att-Int 1-9-2 7-12-0

Total offense 32-125 48-511

Punts-avg. 5-31.0 1-2.0

Penalties-yards 3-25 10-65

Fumbles-lost 2-0 4-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Hancock, Dobrzanski 7-35, Younker 1-5, Heinbaugh 3-4, True 4-3, Faith 2-3, McKinley 2-0, Edgerton 1-(minus-4), Wiles 3-(minus-11); Saint James, Townes 11-126, Taylor-Smith 11-57, Pritchard 5-56, McCormack 1-41, Scrivens 1-11, Hart 3-3, Manesh 1-0, Neale 1-(minus-4), Peterson 2-(minus-11).

PASSING--Hancock, Wiles 1-9-2-86; Saint James, Peterson 6-9-0-165, Manesh 1-3-0-67.

RECEIVING--Hancock, Dobrzanski 1-86; Saint James, McCormack 2-83, Wagner 4-82, Demarco 1-67.

Records: Hancock 1-1; Saint James 2-0.

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