Catholic High’s offense clicked on all cylinders Friday night to dominate St. Michael in the St. Michael jamboree.
Catholic scored consistently, and with ease, in the first half of its 30-7 rout at Doug Williams Stadium.
Two touchdowns from LSU commitment Derrius Guice, one from wide receiver Landon Flowers and a safety yielded 23 first-half points for the Bears.
“I was pleased because jamborees are usually a mixed bag,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said. “We were fortunate to make some big plays in the first half, which really made the difference in the game.”
Sophomore Clyde Edwards-Helaire set up a touchdown for Guice and nearly scored one for himself. After Guice’s 86-yard TD was brought back on penalties, Edwards-Helaire ran 36 yards to set up Guice for an 11-yard score with 8:33 left in the first half.
Catholic quarterback Ian Brian soon after connected with Flowers, who ran the ball 53 yards for a touchdown. After the PAT, the Bears went up 14-0.
Following the Bears’ punt, a bad snap by St. Michael went into the end zone for a safety, which allowed Catholic to extend its lead to 16-0. Less than a minute following the safety, Guice rushed 52 yards for another touchdown to put the Bears up 23-0 at 3:58.
St. Michael struggled offensively, but in the second half, it got on the board at 6:18 when senior Matthew Butler ran 81 yards for a touchdown.
St. Michael intercepted Brian twice in the second half but was unable to convert the defensive stops into points. After the first interception, St. Michael went for it on fourth-and-2, but a bad snap caused a turnover on downs.
“Those guys brought it to us early; we had to make some adjustments and some young guys had to grow up,” St. Michael coach Paul Varnado said. “We did much better in the second half, but we’ve got to bring the a lot things we need to fix for next week.”
St. Michael junior C.J. McGarner intercepted Brian with 4:57 left and, after a 10-yard run and two incomplete passes, St. Michael went for it on fourth-and-13, but senior Jeffrey Vaccaro slipped at the line of scrimmage.
“We got to expose some of our weakness and things that we have to work on,” Varnado said. “The biggest thing for us is that we’re trying to get better as a team, and when you play a team like that, you get to see where we need to get better.”