For the second time in as many games, the Eastmoor Academy football team overcame a slew of penalties as the Warriors defeated host St. Charles 14-6 on Friday, Sept. 2, at Walt Plank Field.
Senior receiver Terrell Hudson gained 34 yards on an end-around with 8 minutes, 25 seconds left in the third quarter for the only touchdown of the second half after the game was tied at 6 at the break.
Quarterback David Valdez passed to running back Tahje Brown for the two-point conversion after the Warriors took the first drive of the second half 80 yards in six plays.
"Terrell Hudson and Devon Edwards made some big plays on both sides of the ball and I also thought Tahje Brown came up with some big runs," said Eastmoor coach Jim Miranda, whose team improved to 2-0. "We've got some real good athletes capable of incredible plays, but if we continue to make stupid penalties and be undisciplined, it's going to bite us."
Eastmoor had 12 penalties for 83 yards, including one that wiped out what would have been a 34-yard touchdown run by Devonte Butler.
"Terrell actually got called for holding on that one, so he was real upset at halftime," Miranda said. "But he made up for it in the second half."
Hudson had three catches for 35 yards and scored on his lone run. Edwards had three receptions for 34 yards and a key sack of St. Charles quarterback Nicholas DeJaco during the Cardinals' last possession.
Valdez finished 11-for-22 for 111 yards with one interception and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Adams in the second quarter. Brown ran for 84 yards on nine carries.
St. Charles, which fell to 0-2, was limited to seven first downs and 150 total yards.
"Our defense played well for the most part, but allowed some big plays on big downs and we can't do that," St. Charles coach Jeff Pharion said. "Our offense wasn't good at all. We need to shore up some pass protection and execute. We didn't execute well. We've got to get better in a hurry."
St. Charles scored first on John Colisimo's 41-yard field goal in the second quarter. After Eastmoor took a 6-3 lead, Colisimo added a 30-yard field goal with 2:11 left in the first half after Gunner Francis had returned a kickoff 80 yards to the Eastmoor 15.
DeJaco was 9-for-19 for 102 yards and an interception. He also ran for 31 yards on 11 carries.
EASTMOOR 0 6 8 0 -- 14
ST. CHARLES 0 6 0 0 -- 6
SC--Colisimo 41 FG
E--Adams 13 pass from Valdez (run failed)
SC--Colisimo 30 FG
E--Hudson 34 run (Brown pass from Valdez)