Weekly Feature



2017-09-07 / Sports

Lancers open with shutout win over Timon

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI Reporter

St. Mary’s football team enjoyed week one of the 2017 season much more than the opening week a year ago. After opening last season with a 48-0 loss to Hutch Tech, the Lancers shut out Monsignor Martin foe Bishop Timon 33-0 on the road Saturday.

“We’re very happy with the outcome,” St. Mary’s Coach Chris Dickson said. “It’s nice to finish the week out on a win and start the season 1-0 as opposed to last season, where we got throttled and were 0-1.”

The game started slow for both offenses. The Lancers led just 6-0 at halftime after Ja’Shawn Collins ran one in from the quarterback position in the second quarter.

“It took us a little while to get going,” Dickson said. “We were a little hesitant at times and we really didn’t catch our mojo until the third quarter after we came out of halftime. It was 6-0 at halftime. We could have went up another score before halftime in receiving the kickoff before half. But I made a poor choice in making a call and I wish I had that one back, but it didn’t end up hurting us.

The team had a big third quarter, putting up 21 points. D’Jae Perry ran 35 yards for a score. Freshman Jaqwan Manuel had a 52-yard touchdown run. Then Sean Melson ran back an interception 68 yards for a score. CJ Ozolins ran one in from 10 yards out for the final score in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the defense pitched a shutout. While the performance wasn’t perfect, the unit played very well and showed improvement from last season.

“I thought overall our defense played great,” Dickson said. “We had three times where we had coverage breakdowns. They dropped a touchdown in the end zone. They had another wide-open guy down the field a couple of times and they just didn’t complete the catch. Other than that, it was just basically communication. I thought overall the defense played really well. It was a hot day and we ended up capitalizing in the second half by getting some sacks. We got after the quarterback. We played much better in the second-half than we did in the first.”

The Lancers will have a chance to move to 2-0 when they take on Nichols Saturday. They’re preparing for a team that is capable of running the ball well.

“They’re a run team,” Dickson said. “They run the double wing. Our defense is going to have to be very disciplined this week. We’re going to have to make sure we understand what we’re doing as a defense and we have to stick with it. Playing that offense, if you do something wrong, that allows for a big play. We can’t have any of that. Offensively, let’s just get better. Keep improving and keep running the ball. Hopefully that will be all right for us on Saturday.”

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