Complete domination in all phases of the game.
The St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy football team ended a five-game losing streak in impressive fashion with a 70-0 shellacking of Carson Long on Friday afternoon.
Austin Emel gashed the Warriors (0-4) for 165 yards and three touchdowns on only four carries, and added a 55-yard TD reception, as the Wolves (1-5) controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Defensively, St. Joseph’s limited Carson Long to one first down and minus-72 yards of total offense. Yes, minus-72.
“I’m feeling pretty good. I thought last week we started playing better, especially defensively. We came out right from the start and played well on both sides of the ball,” said St. Joseph’s Academy coach Dave Carson. “We established the offense first play of the game and the defense followed suit. We didn’t have any film on them but our line controlled both sides of the ball.”
The Wolves scored on nine of their 10 drives, seven straight, and on the first play of the game.
Emel went off-tackle and scampered 66 yards for the score. It was like rolling a snowball downhill the rest of the game for St. Joseph’s.
Charlie Ross made it 14-0 with a 59-yard punt return, Emel scored from four yards out, Brendan Robinson plunged in from the 1 and Ross ran 20 yards to daylight, making the score 34-0 after one.
The Wolves added three touchdowns in the second quarter — two from Emel and one from Ross setting the halftime tally at 54-0.
Ross scored on a 13-yard dash and Emel broke another off-tackle play 75 yards for the TD. Emel also caught a 55-yard scoring strike from quarterback Mike Kresovich. It was the only pass St. Joe’s attempted in the contest.
“Austin has been waiting for a breakout game like this. We know he can run, our line just hasn’t been giving him the holes like they did tonight,” Carson said. “The second half we had what will be our starting backfield for next season and they did some good things, so I was happy about that.”
The second half featured a safety, a 10-yard TD run from Ross, his fourth of the game, and a five-yard blast by Zac Sechler to close out the scoring.
The Wolves defense kept up the pressure, holding the Warriors to minus-20 yards in the second half.
“I’ve been telling our kids all along that this 3-5 defense is a shut-down defense if you execute it properly,” Carson said. “We have a lot of new guys and they’ve had to learn the assignments but it’s coming along. They are starting to understand it. I think our defense really took a turn for the better last week. I can see us hustling more. I can hear the pads a little more. We have so many young guys out there, but they are starting to figure out their positions and are playing with more intensity.
“Our confidence is high right now. Anytime you can come in and do this, you’re going to feel good about yourself. We’ve been in every game this year but one. We just need to learn how to close them out.”
St. Joseph’s Academy visits Chestnut Ridge next Friday.