CLAYTON, Mo. – The metro St. Louis area avoided late afternoon storms Friday, but that didn’t necessarily make it an ideal setting for football.
Wheaton Academy discovered as much in a 44-0 loss to Westminster Christian in its season opener.
The Warriors committed seven turnovers, fumbling five times and throwing two interceptions.
“All around it was a very ugly, ugly game and we’ve got a lot to work on,” Warriors interim coach Brad Thornton said. “We’ve got a lot to work on.”
Wheaton Academy trailed, 21-0, at halftime, and the defense surrendered a touchdown on the first play of the second half. The Warriors followed by breaking through to block the extra point attempt, an encouraging sign to Thornton.
After the game, Thorton and his staff told the Warriors they could either choose to respond to adversity or quit.
“This is a team that I think wants to respond,” he said. “We’ll learn from it and be ready to get back after it [at practice] Monday.”
Jacobs tournament: At Algonquin, Kaneland’s tournament and season opener was postponed until today with the Knights trailing Harvard, 1-0.
“They had one shot on goal and they made it,” Knights coach Scott Parillo said. “We have about seven shots on goal and have not made it.”
The match, by default, is at halftime. Harvard scored about 26 minutes in, but all tournament games have been shortened to 25-minute halves to accommodate other games scheduled for today.
Mother McAuley 2, St. Francis 0 (25-20, 25-22): At Wheaton, St. Francis opened the defense of its 3A state title with a narrow loss before a capacity crowd.
The Mighty Macs built early leads in Game 1 (13-8) and Game 2 (15-11) and held on.
Perennial power Mother McAuley placed third in Class 4A last season, its fourth top-3 finish since the program won the AA crown in 2004.
St. Francis has won nine state championships under veteran coach Peg Kopec.