GLEN ELLYN – The St. Francis offensive line knew it had a decided advantage against the much smaller Chicago Christian front coming into its game Friday.
The weight advantage allowed the Spartans to run wild in a 49-0 blowout at College of DuPage. St. Francis gained 334 yards on the ground in the victory.
The Spartans started the rout in the second quarter by scoring 28 points en route to a 35-0 halftime lead. Michael Robinson scored two touchdowns in the second quarter.
“The first quarter was really sloppy. Coach told us to put our helmets on and get ready to play in the second quarter,” Robinson said. “We all just stepped it up in the second half.”
Already up 14-0 in the second quarter, the Spartans’ defense dug in its heals as it faced a third-and-1 from its own six. Two forced incomplete passes, including a Chicago Christian drop in the end zone, gave the ball back to a Spartans’ offense that averaged nearly 10 yards a carry in the first half.
Alex Alcantara’s 44-yard run on a reverse set up TJ Jackson’s 1-yard touchdown run to give St. Francis a 21-0 second-quarter lead.
Jackson finished with 105 yards and three touchdowns.
“In the second quarter, we began to pick it up behind the offensive line and we started scoring,” Jackson said. “The offensive line gives us great push on every play. There’s always a hole to run through. All I have to do is run as hard as I can on every play.”
The Spartans put an exclamation point on the first half as Robinson threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a 28-yard pass to Joe Connelly with 11 seconds left in the half to make it 35-0.
Robinson finished 6 of 9 for 147 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before sitting the majority of the second half.
“We try to take it one practice at a time one game at a time,” St. Francis coach Greg Purnell said. “We’re getting better offensively. The kids are really picking up the misdirection we run. We’re hard to play against because you only see it once a year. We’re throwing the ball better which makes us more balanced. We might harder to defend.”
Jackson started the second half with a 50-yard run to the Chicago Christian three-yard line. Chris Smith finished the drive off a play later with a three-yard touchdown run to give the Spartans a 42-0 lead. The run broke the 40-point rule that forced a running clock for the remainder of the game.
Jackson capped off the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run to increase St. Francis’ lead to 49-0 with 5:18 left in the third quarter.
“Our kids are excited about the opportunity coming up next Friday with Montini coming in here,” Purnell said. “I really have tip my hat to our seniors who are just doing a great job. I’m excited that we’re 3-0 with Montini coming in here.”
St. Francis hopes the 485-yards of total offense will carry over into Friday’s game with Montini, the defending IHSA Class 5A state champions.
ST FRANCIS 49, CHICAGO CHRISTIAN 0
St. Francis 7 28 14 0 – 49 Chicago Christian 0 0 0 0 – 0
HOW THEY SCORED
SF – Jackson 4 run (Shultz kick), 2:16Second quarter
SF – Beck 17 run (Shultz kick), 11:53 SF – Jackson 1 run (Shultz kick), 7:49 SF – Brundage 40 pass from Robinson (Shultz kick) 5:48 SF – Connelly 28 pass from Robinson (Shultz kick) 0:11Third quarter
SF – Smith 3 run (Shultz kick), 11:26 SF – Jackson 4 run (Shultz kick) 5:18
RUSHING – St. Francis: Jackson 10-105, Smith 3-11, Robinson 2-13, Beck 4-40, Baumgartner 2-49, Rowan 1-6, Alcantara 1-44, Doyle 4-23, Prociuk 2-34, Wedoff 1-9. Totals: 32-334. Chicago Christian: Roundtree 7 – minus 16, Bolhuis 4-7, Findysz 9-32, Stephens 1-1. Totals: 21-24.PASSING – St. Francis: Robinson 6-9-1-147, Prociuk 0-1-0, Yasak 1-3-4. Chicago Christian: Bolhuis: 6-19-1-61RECEIVING – St. Francis: Brundage 3-62, Connelly 2-46, Beck 1-37, Wilson 1-4, Chicago Christian: Roundtree 2-18, Stephens 2-27 De Vries 1-16, TOTAL YARDS – St. Francis 485, Chicago Christian 85