ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East football team celebrated homecoming in style, pounding Elgin, 42-16, on Friday night.
After a tough loss at the hands of Neuqua Valley last week, the Saints (4-1, 2-0 UEC River) appeared to be back on track on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball against an outmatched and winless Elgin team.
The Saints’ offense was paced by quarterback Jimmy Mitchell, who repeatedly exploited the edge of the Elgin defense.
Mitchell methodically picked apart the secondary, going 10 for 17 passing with 258 yards and five touchdowns.
Receiver Mitch Munroe was on the receiving end of Mitchell’s first two touchdown passes, and later added a 34-yard run to round out his offensive effort.
Receiver Brannon Berry also was a solid target for Mitchell, pulling in three passes and scoring a touchdown of his own on a 57-yard Mitchell pass.
Receiver AJ Washington added a touchdown on a Mitchell pass that he snatched out of the air from an Elgin defender, and tight end Phil Hopper scored on a 44-yard screen pass that Mitchell shoveled to him after a muffed snap.
After struggling against Neuqua Valley’s kick return team last week, East took special caution with its kickoffs. The Saints kicked away from dangerous Elgin return man Jaylen Clemons after he had a 54-yard return on the opening kickoff.
East kicker Pat Frio used a series of directional and short kicks to keep the ball out of Clemons’ hands and avoid a repeat of last week.
East coach Mike Fields was happy to bounce back with the win, but he still wants to see improvement out of his team before its conference matchup against Geneva next Friday.
“We challenge our guys every week to get better week to week,” Fields said. “We’ll look at the film and see where we’re at. We’ve got to do it for four quarters.”
The Saints played without starting running back Erik Anderson, who was hurt in the game against Neuqua Valley.
“He’s doing OK, I think he’ll be back next week,” Fields said about Anderson. “This week off I think helped him.”
ST. CHARLES EAST 42, ELGIN 16
ELGIN 0 0 0 16 -- 16 STCE 14 21 7 0 --42
HOW THEY SCORED
STCE -- Munroe 5 pass from Mitchell (Frio kick), 2:33
STCE -- Munroe 34 pass from Mitchell (Frio kick), 2:10
STCE -- Munroe 34 run (Frio kick), 11:26
STCE -- Barry 57 pass from Mitchell (Frio Kick), 6:05
STCE -- Washington 10 pass from Mitchell (Frio kick) 4:41
STCE -- Hopper 44 pass from Mitchell (Frio kick), 10:17
ELGIN -- Sitter 1 run (Gaddy run), 6:06
ELGIN -- Clemons 21 38 pass from Sitter (Gaddy run) 0:51
RUSHING -- Elgin: Clemons 8-minus 1, Gaddy 4-16, Sitter 7-21, Smith 4-24. Totals: 23-60. St. Charles East: Arvizu 5-5, Cuautle 1-4, Dupuis 2-1, Lopez 9-96, Mitchell 1-4, Munroe 1-34. Totals: 18-144
PASSING -- Elgin: Setter 13-28-124-1, St. Charles East: Dupuis 0-2-0-0-0 Mitchell 10-17-258-5-1
RECEIVING -- Elgin: Clemons 1-4, Gaddy 4-minus 5, Higgins 4-84, Schuring 2-17, Smith 2-24. Totals:13-124. St. Charles East: Abate 2-24, Barry 2-79, Flanigan 1-55, Hopper 2-62, Munroe 2-29, Washington 1-10. Totals: 10-258
TOTAL OFFENSE: Elgin 184, St. Charles East 402
SOPHOMORE GAME: St. Charles East 42, Elgin 8