RC Routs Blues, 52-6

RC Routs Blues, 52-6

FIGHTING BLUE backup quarterback Colton Painter looks for a teammate to pitch the ball to while running back Austin Moore (far right) gets open, PM offensive lineman Caleb Mason (61) blocks for Painter, and lineman Elijah Griffin (77) waits for oncoming Roanoke Catholic defenders. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC Routs Blues, 52-6

PM RUNNING back Ethan Moore celebrates scoring the Blues’ first points of the season while teammates congratulate him. Moore made a nine-yard touchdown run with eight seconds left. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC Routs Blues, 52-6

PM RUNNING back David Williams prepares to make a catch. Williams caught three passes for 14 yards. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC Routs Blues, 52-6

FIGHTING BLUE starting quarterback Ty Ruley scrambles for yards. Ruley made several runs, but he was sacked twice to give him a net total of minus-10 yards on five carries. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Parry McCluer Gets First Points Of The Season

Roanoke Catholic put up all of its points in the middle two quarters Friday to overwhelm the Parry McCluer High School football team 52-6 at Vinyard Park in Roanoke.

The Celtics, three-time defending state champions in Division IIII of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association, proved to be too much for the Blues, who are still looking for their first win through five games.

The Blues, however, did find pay dirt for the first time this year when Ethan Moore scored on a nine-yard touchdown run with eight seconds to go in the ball game. The score was set up by a series of runs by Moore and Nick Reid.

“It felt good to finally get that monkey off our back,” PM head coach Mark Wheeler said. “It’s very difficult as a coach to watch your team drive the ball up and down the field and not finish it off with a score. Hopefully, we will continue to improve and get more of them.”

Giving credit to Moore, Reid and the Blues’ offensive line, Wheeler said, “I was very glad to see these guys step up. We worked a lot in practice last week on our red zone offense, and we will continue to do so.”

The first quarter was scoreless, but the Celtics (4-1) scored three TDs in the second quarter to take a 24-0 lead into halftime. Roanoke Catholic, which had a 34-game winning streak snapped by North Cross two weeks earlier, added four TDs in the third quarter to stretch its advantage to 52-0.

El Amin Shareef ran for 163 yards and four TDs on 19 carries for the Celtics on their homecoming night, and Kawuan Ray ran for 165 yards and three TDs on nine carries. The Celtics made 5-of-7 two-point conversions, and they repeatedly recovered onside kicks.

RC amassed 405 rushing yards on the night to PM’s 101. Reid led PM with 28 yards on five carries, Jeremiah Fulwider had 25 yards on three carries, Moore added 22 yards on four totes and Keaton Coleman had 19 yards on eight carries.PM starting quarterback Ty Ruley scrambled for yards several times, but he was sacked twice to give him a net total of minus-10 yards on five carries.

Addressing the main challenges of playing the Celtics, Wheeler said, “Roanoke Catholic has a lot of speed, size and strength in certain positions. Our offensive game plan was to isolate certain players, mix it up and attack their weakest areas on defense. With the onside kicks and turnovers, we just didn’t get a chance to really get it rolling.”

Neither team had much success in the air. RC quarterback Sam Sweeney completed 2-of-3 passes for 26 yards, and Ruley completed 1-of-8 passes for 17 yards with one interception, with David Williams making the lone catch. In the fourth quarter, Colton Painter took the reins as quarterback to lead the Blues on their long-overdue TD march. He threw just one pass, a 12-yard completion to Ethan Moore.

After the teams traded possessions in the first quarter, RC started the second quarter in PM territory. A series of runs led to a 1-yard TD dive by Ray, and Shareef ran in the two-point conversion to give the Celtics an 8-0 lead with 10:14 left in the first half.

On the Celtics’ kickoff, the Blues fumbled the ball, and RC recovered it at the PM 45-yard line. The Celtics stayed with their running game, and Shareef ran for a 2-yard TD, and a two-point conversion pass from Sweeney to Marquis Adams extended their lead to 16-0 with 8:51 left in the half.

The Celtics then recovered an onside kick, and a series of runs led to a 5-yard TD run and two-point by Shareef to extend RC’s lead to 24-0 with 1:28 left in the half.

PM’s Brendon Conley fell on the ball to prevent RC from recovering another onside kick, and the Blues got into RC territory but were pushed back by penalties. After PM punted, the Celtics fumbled, and the Blues recovered the ball but were unable to advance it before the half ended.

The Celtics wasted no time to start the second half, scoring just 20 seconds in when Ray made a 72-yard dash to the end zone to extend his team’s lead to 30-0. PM defensive end Holden Kerr then tackled Sweeney to prevent a two-point conversion. It was one of several tackles for Kerr.

After recovering another onside kick, the Celtics scored just over two minutes later when Ray made a 37-yard run for a TD, and they extended their lead to 38-0 when Sweeney passed to Adams for a two-point conversion.

The Blues fumbled RC’s kickoff, and the Celtics recovered the ball. Two plays later, Shareef made a 37-yard TD run to extend RC’s lead to 44-0 with 7:55 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion pass failed.

The RC defense held the Blues in their own territory on their next possession, and the Celtics scored their final TD when Shareef ran 18 yards into the end zone with 1:26 left in the third quarter. Sweeney then made a two-point conversion pass to Davionne Carter to extend RC’s lead to 52-0.

Ruley was intercepted early in the fourth quarter, but the Blues possessed the ball for most of the period, culminating with Moore’s late TD run.

Assessing his team’s defensive performance, Wheeler said, “Considering that our defense was on the field for most of the night, I thought they played hard.”

In addition to Kerr, other Blues making tackles included Caleb Mason, Keaton Coleman and Sawyer Beverley.

Moving forward, Wheeler said, “We still need to continue to work on every aspect of our game. Fundamentals are still a work in progress – blocking, tackling, passing, receiving.”

The Blues will begin Pioneer District action on Friday at Craig County (2-3) at 7 p.m.

Anticipating the matchup with the Rockets, Wheeler said, “It’s always a challenge down at Craig. Although they haven’t won a lot of games, they play and hit hard.”

PM0 0 0 6 6

RC0 24 28 0 52

First Quarter

No scoring

Second Quarter

RC – Ray 1 run (Shareef run)

RC – Shareef 2 run (Adams pass from Sweeney)

RC – Shareef 5 run (Shareef run)

Third Quarter

RC – Ray 72 run (run failed)

RC – Ray 37 run (Adams pass from Sweeney)

RC – Shareef 37 run (pass failed)

RC – Shareef 18 run (Carter pass from Sweeney)

Fourth Quarter

PM – Moore 9 run (kick failed)

PM RC

First downs 9 11

Rushes-yards 30-10144-405

Passing yards 29 26

Comp-Att-Int 2-9-1 2-3-0

Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-2

Penalties-yards 3-20 5-25

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – PM, Reid 5-28, Fulwider 3-25, Moore 4-22, Coleman 8-19, Williams 3-14, Secrist 1-7, Painter 1-(-4), Ruley 5-(-10). RC, Ray 9-165, Shareef 19-163, Rhodes 9-75, Sweeney 1-4, Carter 3-2, Goad 1-2, Adams 2-(-6).

PASSING – PM, Ruley 1-8-1 17, Painter 1-1-0 12. RC, Sweeney 2-3-0 26.

RECEIVING – PM, Williams 1-17, Moore 1-12. RC, Schaible 1-23, Carter 1-3.

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