In a wild game that featured three safeties and a blocked field goal, the St. Charles football team rallied to beat visiting Eastmoor Academy 19-16 on Sept. 6.
The Cardinals, who improved to 2-0, trailed 16-7 at halftime, but their defense produced two second-half safeties and running back Luke Eversole scored on a 7-yard run with 1 minute, 12 seconds left to complete the comeback.
Eversole finished with 224 yards rushing on 35 carries and added one catch for 5 yards.
“We wanted to establish the run and establish the line of scrimmage,” St. Charles coach Deke Hocker said. “We stuck to our game plan and it worked out.”
Eastmoor, which fell to 1-1, tied the game at 7 on a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Demetrius Salley to Chamon Turner and took a 14-7 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Cameron Long.
The Warriors extended their advantage to 16-7 on a safety.
In addition to allowing two safeties, Eastmoor had two second-half drives end in the red zone without any points, as it had a field-goal attempt blocked and lost a fumble that led to St. Charles’ game-winning touchdown.
“We made some plays off the bat and got ahead,” Eastmoor coach Jim Miranda. “Then we came out in the second half and had two scoring opportunities, but we came away with nothing. But we’re a young team, and a good team, and we’ll get better.”
Salley completed 10 of 20 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown and Long rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries and had five catches for 37 yards.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final EASTMOOR 7 9 0 0 16 ST. CHARLES
7 0 4 8 19
SC—Eversole 37 run (Bastaja kick)
EA—Turner 70 pass from Salley (Ansu kick)
EA—Long 2 run (Ansu kick)
SC—Eversole 7 run (Forresta pass from Mason)