ELGIN – For the second Friday in row, a St. Charles team took on Larkin to get back on a winning track after a lopsided loss the week before.
And for the second week in a row, the St. Charles team – this time East – left Memorial Field back in the win column. The Saints downed the Royals, 55-12, in the season’s final Upstate Eight Conference River contest.
The victory clinched a second straight playoff berth for East (6-3, 4-2 UEC River).
The Saints wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Brannon Barry returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
East scored on seven of its nine possessions in the first two quarters to take a 48-12 half time lead. After the kickoff return, the Saints scored three touchdowns in the air and four on the ground.
Quarterback Jimmy Mitchell, who started the game with 1,888 passing yards on the season, broke the 2,000 yard mark, completing 11 of 18 attempts for 189 yards. He connected with Mitch Munroe for two of the first half scores; one for 7 yards and the other for 1 yard as time ran out in the second quarter.
Mitchell also connected with Mo Flanigan on a 30-yard touchdown toss.
Senior Erik Anderson (112 yards rushing on nine carries) scored two first-half rushing touchdowns on runs of 13 and 46 yards. Junior Ramon Lopez rumbled 4 yards for a score.
Anderson scored his third touchdown on the night at the 3:41 mark in the third quarter on 38-yard pass from Mitchell to put East up, 55-12.
The Saints defense limited Larkin (3-6, 2-4) to 182 total yards and picked off two of Kemmerin Blalark’s passes.
The game marked the end of the Mike Scianna era at Larkin. Scianna is stepping down after four years as the Royals coach with a 11-25 record.
It was a welcome bounce-back for the Saints, who were coming off a 47-14 loss to Batavia last week.
East is expected to land in the 7A playoff draw.
ST. CHARLES EAST 55, LARKIN 12
STCE 28 20 7 0 - 55
LARKIN 6 6 0 0 - 12
HOW THEY SCORED
E – Barry 94 yard kickoff return (Anderson kick) 11:45
E – Munroe 7 yard pass from Mitchell (Anderson kick) 9:12
L – Clemons 29 yard pass from Blalark (kick failed) 4:14
E – Lopez 7 yard run (Anderson kick) 3:18
E – Flanigan 30 yard pass from Mitchell (Anderson kick) 0:44
L – Blalark 20 yard run (kick failed) 9:09
E – Anderson 13 yard run (Anderson kick) 5:29
E – Anderson 46 yard run (Anderson kick) 1:33
E – Munroe 1 yard pass from Mitchell (kick failed) 0:00
E – Anderson 38 yard pass from Mitchell (Anderson kick) 3:41
RUSHING – Larkin: Clemons 8-19, Blalark 7-1 , Tomlin 6-17 Totals 21-37 St. Charles: DuPuis 5-18, Mitchell 2-28, Arizu 1-12, Anderson 9-112, Lopez 9-52. Totals 26-222.
PASSING – Larkin: Blalark 11-26-1-145. St. Charles East: Mitchell 11-18-3-189
RECEIVING –Larkin: Shipp 2-27, Clemons 1-29, Bonds 5-70, Quincy 1-13, Randazzo 1-0, Hunter 1-6. Total: 11-145 St. Charles East: Barry 6-76, Anderson 2-64, Munroe1-7, Flanigan 2-42 Total: 11-189
TOTAL OFFENSE – Larkin 182, St. Charles East 411.
SOPHOMORE GAME – St. Charles East 40, Larkin 22