Sean Fitzmartin rushed for 125 yards in 11 carries to lead the St. Charles Preparatory School football team past the visiting Columbus Crusaders 41-28 on Friday, Sept. 23.
Fitzmartin also had touchdowns of 34 and 5 yards for the Cardinals (2-3), who led 38-7 midway through the third quarter. Gunner Francis also had 11 carries for 84 yards for St. Charles with scoring runs of 5 and 7 yards.
“The line did what they needed to do to open up holes for me and Gunner,” Fitzmartin said. “They were executing well and we were running to the holes.”
The Cardinals also got field goals of 22 and 27 yards from John Colosimo against the Crusaders, who fell to 0-5.
“I worked hard in the offseason with former Ohio State kicker Tim Williams and it’s helped a lot,” Colosimo said. “I go into every kick knowing I’m going to make it.”
St. Charles quarterback Nick DeJaco was 7-for-10 passing for 119 yards with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Fenlon.
But after building a 38-7 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Cardinals put in their back-ups, leading to an impressive showing by Crusaders quarterback Aaron Long. The senior was 9-for-16 passing in the fourth quarter for 247 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. For the game, he completed 11 of 20 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns.
“That shows how well we can play when we work together,” Crusaders coach Brian Stier said. “We put ourselves into a big hole against a good football team and you can’t do that.”
Alex Andrews had touchdown receptions of 26 and 5 yards and Chris Bradley had a 69-yard touchdown catch. Tyler Sharp caught a 31-yard scoring pass.
Garrett Cargin and Ian McPhaden both had a fumble recovery for the Cardinals, and Garrett Haywood had an interception.
Nigel Easley had a fumble recovery for the Crusaders, and Andrews intercepted a pass.
ST. CHARLES 10 21 7 3 -- 41
CRUSADERS 0 7 0 21 -- 28
SC--Francis 5 run (Colosimo kick)
SC--Colosimo 22 FG
SC--Fitzmartin 5 run (Colosimo kick)
SC--Francis 7 run (Colosimo kick)
CC--Alex Andrews 5 pass from Long (Heckman kick)
SC--Fenlon 10 pass from DeJaco (Colosimo kick)
SC--Fitzmartin 34 run (Colosimo kick)
CC--Sharp 31 pass from Long (Heckman kick)
SC--Colosimo 27 FG
CC--Bradley 69 pass from Long (Heckman kick)
CC--Alex Andrews 26 pass from Long (Heckman kick)