Playing against a team that had given up 94 points in losing its first two games this season, St. Augustine predictably jumped on Baton Rouge-Capitol quickly.
The Purple Knights burst to a 42-0 halftime lead before settling for a 56-0 victory Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Josh White, a 5-foot-8 sophomore quarterback, scored touchdowns on runs of 3 and 11 yards in helping St. Augustine (2-1) to a 28-0 first quarter lead. The Purple Knights were down to their third quarterback after losing starter Dwayne McGill to a knee injury in the jamboree against Warren Easton and backup Michael Mims to a knee injury against De La Salle.
“I'd never lost two quarterbacks in back-to-back games like that,” St. Augustine coach Al Jones said. “Josh is a sophomore, but he's going to carry our load right now. He played some scout team for us, but he did an outstanding job for us. I just wish he was about 6-3.
“The positives were that we got a win and that a lot of our kids who don't get a chance to participate were able to play. That was big because our kids work hard.”
Reserve players began playing in the second quarter. About they only thing that could slow St. Augustine was a 30-minute delay for lightning that began at 2:58 p.m.
St. Aug will open District 9-5A play at 7 p.m. Friday against Jesuit at the Shrine on Airline. Capitol (0-3) begins 7-2A play against East Feliciana.
The Golden Lions, who have just 27 players, were held to 88 yards, including 13 rushing. Capital had minus-12 yards rushing in the first half and 25 in the second. It passed for 75 yards, including 62 in the first half.
“We are in a rebuilding stage, and our numbers are down right now,” said first-year head coach Jacob Davis, whose team has not scored this season. “So, we'll take our lumps. We have a lot of younger guys. We have some guys who are willing to fight, now matter what the circumstance. So, we're going to stick it out and keep fighting, and I expect to see better results down the line.
“St. Augustine is a well-coached, disciplined team with size and speed. But our mistakes is why it got out of hand.”
The Knights rushed for 218 yards and six touchdowns, with Donte' Neco, a junior, scoring both of St. Aug's second-half touchdowns — on runs of 7 and 4 yards. Senior Garland LaFrance (4 yards) and sophomore Mahmood Bailey (7 yards) also scored in the first half, along with Andrew Sceau, who had a 44-yard interception return in the second quarter.
With Capitol unable to move the ball and also averaging 3.3 yards per punt in the first half, St. Aug took advantage of excellent field position from the start. The Knights' first four drives began at the Lions' 39, 4, 30 and 29 yard lines in building a 35-0 lead by 7:14 of the second quarter. Capitol's second punt went for minus-15 yards and its fourth went for minus-10.
Mims did play sparingly and combined with White for 3 of 4 passing for 102 yards.
“(Mims and McGill) will be back,” Jones said. “We start district play next week, so for now we'll go with Josh.”