The St. Charles defense dominated for a second straight week and the Comets rolled to a 36-0 victory over Thomas Jefferson on Friday night at Memtsas Stadium.
“We have eight returning starters and good leadership, so we can be pretty dominant when we want to be,” senior strong safety Justin DuBose said. “Getting a shutout is always in the back of your mind, but you have to take it one drive at a time.”
The game featured two teams, both ranked in The New Orleans Advocate’s Small School Super, that dropped from 3A to 2A this season. It also featured two teams that posted shutouts in their season openers
The top-ranked Comets shut out Thibodaux 31-0 last week.
Thomas Jefferson beat St. Martin’s 27-0 in a game that ended just over midway through the second quarter due to lightning.
This one was over around the second quarter as well when Tahj Smith scored on a 6-yard run to gave the Comets a commanding 29-0 with 9:10 left in the half.
As scary as it sounds, St. Charles coach Frank Monica says his team can be even better.
“To be honest, I think we can play to another level,” Monica said. “I thought we played lazy. I thought we played complacent and didn’t play with that swagger you need to play with.”
Try telling that to Jaguars coach Kevin Kelly, whose team was held to 88 yards rushing and 39 passing.
“They just outmanned us physically, and we just couldn’t hang with them,” Kelly said. “That was the bottom line. It could have been closer if we don’t drop balls. I liked our effort though, because we didn’t quit.”
St. Charles (2-0) didn’t waste any time, driving 63 yards on its opening possession. The key play on the drive was a 29-yard run by Justin Loupe. The senior running back capped the drive with an 8-yard run.
The Comets scored on all four of their first half possessions (Tyler Sandefer scored on a 1-yard run. Loupe had a 69-yard gallop down the visitors’ sideline and Tahj Smith’s 6-yard run).
Smith, who had 63 yards on eight carries, scored the lone second-half touchdown.
Loupe finished with 145 yards on nine carries, with 138 coming in the first half.
“We had talked to Justin about trying to split something and get in the secondary and make a big play and he did that tonight,” Monica said. “Justin has good speed, and it’s up to us to get him past the line of scrimmage. I was pleased. I thought he had a good night.”
Two of the Comets’ first half touchdowns were set up after a pair of blocked punts.
Thomas Jefferson put together a nine-minute drive to finish the second half but came away empty after reaching the 11-yard line.
“They held the ball for nine minutes in that quarter and that’s not good,” Monica said. “I don’t care who you’re playing, that’s not good. Credit to coach Kelly and his kids because they never quit.”
Quarterback Tyler Butler led the Jags with 55 yards and running back Donte Sincere was held to just 26 yards on 10 carries.
The Comets will play their first home game Friday against Vandebilt Catholic, while Thomas Jefferson travels for the first time this season to play Lusher.
“We are going to play some 4A and 5A opponents in the next weeks, and we are going to have to lift up our intensity and hustle,” Monica said.