FRONTENAC — St. Mary’s-Colgan won a muddy affair against the Frontenac Raiders, 14-0, on Thursday. Panthers quarterback Cade Simmons rushed for 135 yards in the game, including an 81-yard rushing touchdown.
“Our offensive line did a great job of controlling the battle up front, and our halfbacks ran hard throughout the game.” said Colgan coach Shawn Seematter.
On his 81-yard scamper, Simmons diverted from what Coach Seematter called from the sideline, and it resulted in a game changing play.
“I saw the linebackers were blitzing, so it looked like a perfect sneak opportunity.” said Simmons
Simmons was coming off a 300-yard, five touchdown performance in week one.
“Coming in we knew it was going to be a hard-fought game, so we focused on winning the turnover battle. As a senior I have seen firsthand how important this game is for the community, so it is a great feeling to be able to come away with the victory.” added Simmons.
The Frontenac offense opened up after a slow first half. Quarterback Jake Beckmann found wide receiver Brendan Ishimura for a few big plays, including a 27-yard strike down the sideline.
Halfback Alex Johnson carried the load for the Raider’s rushing attack, but struggled to penetrate the Panthers defense.
“It's difficult to make a game plan when there is as much rain as there was today.” said Frontenac coach Mark Smith. “We knew Colgan would be a smash-mouth team, and ultimately we made some mistakes that were tough to bounce back from.”
Coach Smith did see some positive takeaways from the Raiders performance.
“Overall, I think we improved from our performance last week. Our running game was much better, and our offensive line played more physically this week. Our defense was solid for most of the game. We had a missed assignment that cost us on one play, and Simmons made a great play on his run before halftime, but I’m proud of how our guys came out in the second half and kept competing.” added Smith.
With rain drenching the field throughout the day Thursday, both teams turned to the running game in the first half. Colgan didn’t attempt a pass in the first half, working to establish their read-option attack.
Kash Marietta put the Panthers on the board first, with a 34-yard rushing touchdown on a option play that he bounced to the outside.
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