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September 8, 2013The Game At A Glance: St. Joe's (Montvale) jumped out to a quick lead, kept its foot on the gas, and jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead in beating DeMatha (Maryland), 42-14.
First Half Highlights: DeMatha opened the game with the ball, picking up two first downs, but turned the ball over on downs on the Joe's 30. Joe's needed three plays to get on the board when Quai Jefferson went 13 yards on a reverse. The key play was a 55 yard scamper by quarterback Spencer Aukamp to the 15 on their first play. The Green Knights then recovered an onside kick on the 45 of DeMatha and needed seven plays, with Sherman Alston scoring from 14 yards out. After DeMatha picked up two first downs, they settled for a 41 yard field goal attempt that failed, giving Joe's the ball on the 20. They marched down the field on twelve plays, capping it off with another Alston touchdown through the middle from 8 yards out and it was 21-0 with eight and a half minutes left in the second quarter.
An interception by Joseph Giles-Harris on the DeMatha 27 was returned to the 5 yard line. Alston scored form one yard out to make it 28-0. Joe's then went eight plays and Aukamp hit Jefferson for a 40 yard score over the middle, making it 35-0 with twenty-nine seconds left in the half.
Second Half Highlights: The second half was played on a running clock, due to St. Joe's having a 35 point halftime lead. The Green Knights made it 42-0 in the third quarter when Alston went through the middle and scored from 13 yards out. The drive covered 83 yards in seven plays. DeMatha scored twice in the fourth quarter when John Lovett found Cameron Phillips for 9 yards against the Joe's first team defense and Lovett followed by hitting Chris Jones for a 7 yard score against the backups.
Play Of The Game: The successful onside kick that Joe's recovered after their first score and the 55 yard run by Aukamp on their first play. Aukamp's run set the tone and the onside kick led to their second score and DeMatha never recovered and it paved the way for the rout.
Game Balls: The entire St. Joe's team on both sides of the ball. They executed, imposed their will, and were, by far, the more physical team. It was a thorough beating. Alston rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns, but it was still a team effort from everybody.
St. Joe's (Montvale) head coach Tony Karcich - "It wasn't about size, it wasn't about individual talent. It was about eleven guys being together on every play, selling out; that's what we sold all week. Every play, we sold out, on both sides of the ball and special teams. That's what I'm proud about our guys. There were so many good things today. If we apply that week to week to week, we're going to be a pretty good football team."
St. Joe's (Montvale) tailback Sherman Alston - "I give all the credit to my offensive line and my fullback, Mark Fossati. We had a good week of practice and we executed. We started six week ago and worked for this game. I can run behind the big guys on the line and being so short, it's hard to see me. We had a good pre-season and couldn't wait to play today."
St. Joe's (Montvale) quarterback Spencer Aukamp - "There was one thing on our mind. We were very upset about losing our opener to Good Counsel last year. We didn't want that to happen again. We worked even harder this year and it paid off tonight. I didn't expect the score to be like this, but I knew we were the better team. We played our hearts out tonight. They were bigger and faster, with thirteen Division 1 guys, but we played as a team, we played with heart, and that's why it was 42-14."
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