Comets must wrangle Fisher, Wing-T offense
Fresh off 41-23 victory over Newman, Comets set sights on 3-0 district start
St. Charles Catholic got into a shootout with Newman's explosive offense last week, but the Comets offense controlled the clock down the stretch and used two long scoring drives in the second half to come away with a 41-23 victory.
St. Charles Catholic running backs Marcus Hall and Lazedrick Thompson led their team to the victory by combining for 310 yards and five touchdowns. Newman, who outgained the Comets 420-352, climbed to within 10 points at 27-17 in the fourth quarter. But St. Charles Catholic went on a seven-minute, 80-yard drive that clinched the victory.
Hall finished with 213 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns. Thompson ran for 97 yards and a touchdown.
"Our running game was effective," Comets head coach Frank Monica said. "We were able to basically keep the ball on the ground and keep the Newman offense off the field. Our line and our backs really played well."
While the ground attack was a major reason behind the St. Charles Catholic victory, Monica thought the entire team gave their all.
"I was very pleased with how we played because we played hard," he said. "We had trouble stopping Newman because they have a great offense, but our kids were resilient and they had a strong fourth quarter, which is what any coach wants out of his players.
"We are thankful to be 5-0 because we are still playing with a lot of youth on the defensive side."
The Comets will try for their third district win this Friday when they travel to Fisher. The Gators are 3-2 on the season, and have a pair of blowout losses to both Riverside and Curtis. Fisher lost to Riverside 49-8 and fell to Curtis 48-6.
But Monica said that the Gators, who run a Wing-T offense, are difficult to prepare for.
"Their offense is very different from most of the other schools, who have moved to the spread," he said. "The Wing-T is based on deception, and they have a powerful offensive line and an athletic quarterback that can run it well."
To counter that offensive attack, Monica said his team will have to play with a lot of discipline.
"Our guys are going to have to read positions and deal with a lot of misdirection," he said. "When you defend against this type of offense, if you just guess you usually guess wrong."
Defensively, Monica said that Fisher is a physical team that is basic up front, but tries to maul the offensive line and get to the quarterback.
"They aren't fancy, but they do what they do well," he said.
And Monica feels that his team will need to win the field position battle in order to have success on offense.
"If we can get good field position, we have a strong advantage," he said. "But we are also going to have to stop their Wing-T offense and play very well in special teams."
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