St. Anne’s-Belfield was prepared and ready to take care of business Friday afternoon.
So focused in fact, that just a few minutes after getting started, there wasn’t much more business to handle in a 64-6 victory over Hargrave Military Academy.
STAB exploded for 30 points in the first quarter, leading 23-0 with 5:11 still left in that frame after three touchdowns (a Brodie Phillips run, a Kareem Johnson punt return and a Lee Parkhill to Jalen Harrison touchdown toss) and a safety. By halftime it was 43-0 and STAB didn’t score in the final 8:48 of the first half.
“Our kids came out focused and played well,” said STAB coach John Blake. “Last week we went down to North Cross and we didn’t seem real interested so I was a little worried about this but we came out foscued and played hard.”
The huge lead allowed the Saints a chance to play the other half of its roster in the entire second half including backup quarterback John Schotta and key young linemen that’ll be looked to in the coming years to help anchor STAB up front.
“We don’t have a JV program so having games like this where we can get a lot of kids in and they can play a lot helps our program out quite a bit,” Blake said.
DeeJay Anderson went for a team-high 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. John Woodson and Michael DiGiacomo each had seven carries, with Woodson going for 87 yards and two touchdowns on his while DiGiacomo had 48 yards.
The Saints completed just one pass, the Parkhill to Harrison toss that went for 54 yards and the score.
The game served as a tune-up for next week’s rivalry clash with Covenant as the Saints head across town to face the Eagles at their place.