There’s not a lot that will stand in the way of Cameron Dantzler and the Falcons of St. Thomas Aquinas when it comes to getting the job done to get the victory.
In a 24-0 win at home against Carver, Dantzler made his presence felt on both sides of the ball and having at least one hand in all three touchdowns, including a 1-yard run, a 23-yard pass and a 40-yard interception return.
“During the week, coach told us we were going to be playing a very good opponent, and we focused all week on preparing,” Dantzler said. “Everybody played well, including the offensive line, the defensive line, backs, everyone.”
St. Thomas (6-0) resumes its District 7-2A schedule next week at Pope John Paul II while Carver (4-2) starts its league schedule with a 9-4A contest against Karr.
Dantzler finished with 159 yards on 22 carries while defensive lineman and LSU commitment Edwin Alexander had four sacks and spent a lot of time in the Rams backfield.
The Falcons took the momentum early as they scored on their first possession, with an eight-play, 59-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard run by Dantzler.
Alexander anchored the defense that came up with stops on all five of Carvers’ five fourth-down conversion attempts in the game, beginning with a pass break up in the end zone as they threatened to answer back.
“We were able to not allow their offensive line to finish a play,” Alexander said. “That’s we do. I was just out there having fun.”
With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, the lead was extended to 10-0 on a 23-yard field goal by Adam Hetzinger. Following the field goal, Alexander got the first sack and forced a fumble, which the Falcons recovered near midfield to start the second quarter.
Credit the Carver defense for keeping Dantzler in check for much of the first half, allowing just one completion. Early in the third quarter, it appeared as if the Rams were taking back some of the momentum, limiting the Falcons to a yard on their first possession. But they also caught a break when an apparent 57-yard touchdown run by Dantzler was negated by a holding penalty.
The Falcons defense came up with another big play in the third, with a goal-line interception on what looked like a touchdown drive.
“We came in with a good game plan against a team that was averaging about 40 points a game and played extremely well,” St. Thomas Aquinas coach John White said. “Cameron (Dantzler) played both ways, and that makes us a better team, especially against the pass.”
That was never more evident than, with the team holding a 17-0 lead late in the fourth quarter, Dantzler stepped in front of a pass by quarterback Izea Hurst and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown, putting the game out of reach.