St. Joe tops Lake, prepares for next challenge
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:00 PM
MADISON - After out-lasting Lake 20-6 in the season-opener last week, the St. Joseph Bruins face a huge challenge Friday night against the Natchez Cathedral Green Wave.
Cathedral proved to be big and fast on offense last week in a 42-31 win over St. Aloysius last week - with three skill position players Bruins coach Miller Todd said he's not looking forward to having to find a way to stop.
Senior quarterback Wyatt Boothe, he said, is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and can throw, junior receiver Jardarius Anderson is flashier than a lightning bug and tackling 5-foot-9, 200-pound tailback Dee Fleming is like trying to stop a bowling ball.
Junior linebacker James Allen Coley, Todd added, is one of the best defenders his team will face all season.
"They are a well-coached team and a talented one," he said. "They just scored 42 last week, so we know they expect to score 40-plus this week. We're going to have to shorten the game, because they have big play potential.
"We can't win in a shootout."
But shortening the game is exactly what the Bruins were able to do against Lake last Friday night, and despite five offensive turnovers, it earned them a win.
The Bruins defense was on the field for far too long in the first half, and Todd said he made the adjustment in the second half to go - almost exclusively - to the ground game, in order to keep his defense off the field.
"We were just doing too much on offense," Todd said. "Our defense had played extremely well, but we had put them in a bad situation a couple of times with turnovers. So we got basic and we got our athletes involved."
St. Joe also dominated on special teams - Eric Diamond punted five times, landed two inside the Lake 20-yard-line and averaged 43.6 yards a kick. Jay Newman was 2-for-3 on extra point attempts, and pinned the Hornets deep inside their own territory on kickoffs.
In a game that was still scoreless at halftime, that was all it took.
Hunter Beene carried the ball five times for 75 yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown and DaJour Evans and Josh Clayton both punched in tochdowns on the ground.
"That's what we want to do," Todd said. "We want to run the football to set up the pass and fundamental defense and special teams."