ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East football team had a delayed start to its 2014 season due to a severe weather Friday night but it's the ending that was the worst part of East's weekend.
The Saints faded down the stretch Saturday as South Elgin broke open what had been a close game to defeat the Saints, 49-14, at Norris Stadium.
Despite having 14 penalties, the Storm were able to amass 497 yards of offense. Storm quarterback Hayden Nelson threw for 332 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
The momentum swung South Elgin’s way when the first play of the second half was a 47 yard touchdown run by junior Shawn Griffin. That made the score 21-7 with 11:38 left in the third quarter.
Nelson was able to complete 12 of 14 passes in the second half.
“The line did an incredible job for me today,” Nelson said.
The Saints were not able to get off the field on third downs. They gave up six plays of 25 yards or more in the game.
“Third downs and big plays really killed us,” first-year coach Bryce Farquhar said. “… It kind of got out of control in the second half.”
St. Charles East allowed 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
The Saints' two scores came on rushing scores from senior running back Ramon Lopez and senior quarterback Kyle Cook. Lopez scored near the end of the first quarter on a 3-yard run to the outside. He finished the day with 15 carries for 58 yards and one score.
Cook scored in the second quarter after a great fake to Lopez, which gave him a wide open lane to run in from 8 yards out.
The Saints' air attacked struggled as they had a completion percentage under 30 percent and three interceptions.
“I was very pleased how we came out in the running game we, did some things really well," Farquhar said. "We have some things to work on."
Defensively, senior Parker Vidmich had a sack and fumble recovery and junior Blake Saltsman had an interception.
The Saints travel to Jacobs next week in hopes of making amends.
“The beauty about football is you reset every week … we’re looking forward,” Farquhar said.
South Elgin 49, St. Charles East 14
South Elgin 7 7 7 28- 49
St. Charles East 7 0 7 0- 14
SE- Kumerow 38 pass from Nelson (Farfan kick), 9:09
STCE- Lopez 3 rush (Camper kick), 3:45
SE- Griffin 20 pass from Nelson (Farfan kick), 5:24
SE- Griffin 47 rush (Farfan kick), 11:38
STCE- Cook 8 rush (Camper kick), 1:10
SE- Kamlenski 9 pass from Nelson (kick failed), 10:53
SE- Kamlenski 28 pass from Nelson (2pt conversion good- Kamlenski from Nelson), 6:10
SE- Amrhein 19 rush (Farfan kick) 3:33
SE- Menken 18 pass from Amrhein (Farfan kick), 1:30
South Elgin: Griffin 13-109, Amrhein 5-34, Ware 7-20, Nelson 8- minus, Lynch 1-minus Totals: 147
St. Charles East: Lopez 15-58, Cook 18-54, Canales 7- 12, Cuautle 3-minus Totals: 118
South Elgin: Nelson 19-28-1-332, Amrhein 1-2-0-18. St. Charles East: Cook 6-26-3-34, Wright 1-1-0-11
South Elgin: Kamlenski 6-109, Ware 1-79, Menken 7-58, Kumerow 2-43, Griffin 3-31, Nelson 1-30 Totals: 350. St. Charles East: Asquini 5-33, Flanigan 1-1, Basile 1-11 Totals: 44
Totals Offense- South Elgin 497, St. Charles East 162