Su­perb Saints clip Ea­gles, 48-7

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Jeff De­wees For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

READ­ING » Berks Catholic is one fear­some out­fit.

How fear­some is to be de­cided in Novem­ber and be­yond. But the Saints are play­ing about as well as a high school out­fit can pos­si­bly play at the mid­way point of the grid­iron reg­u­lar sea­son.

The host Saints (5-0) rolled up 498 yards of to­tal of­fense Fri­day night and shut down the formerly high-fly­ing Ex­eter Ea­gles at the other end to record a 48-7 vic­tory in a Berks League cross­over clash.

Berks Catholic moved to a 35-0 lead mid­way through the third quar­ter and got the mercy clock rolling against a Berks Sec­tion 1 club that fig­ured to be Gov­er­nor Mif­flin’s only se­ri­ous chal­lenge in the cir­cuit’s top rung. In­stead, the Ea­gles fell to 2-3 over­all.

BC’s Bran­don Ge­orge com­piled 197 rush­ing yards on just five totes in the first half and fin­ished with 228 on nine car­ries with three touch­downs. Ge­orge has proven the bull­doz­ing change-up to scat­back Cooper Lutz, who amassed 85 yards on 15 at­tempts Fri­day night.

Most im­por­tantly, it was the Saints’ stout de­fense that con­tin­ued to shine. BC sur­ren­dered a cos­metic touch­down up 42-0 but oth­er­wise held an Ex­eter at­tack that had been av­er­ag­ing nearly 400 to­tal yards per game to 263.

Ea­gles’ quar­ter­back Bran­don Un­terkoe­fler had two com­ple­tions at half­time for net -2 pass­ing yards. He fin­ished 5 of 10 for 66 yards and one score -- a 6-yard toss to Jack Fi­ucci early in the fourth quar­ter for Ex­eter’s only marker.

Nick Sarangoulis -- Ex­eters’s do-ev­ery­thing run­ning back -man­aged 57 yards on 11 rush­ing at­tempts but, in a po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing de­vel­op­ment for the Ea­gles, de­parted be­fore half­time with a shoul­der in­jury.

The Saints have sur­ren­dered just 31 to­tal points in five games, all but eight com­ing in fourth quar­ter garbage time with huge leads. The first-team de­fense has yet to be scored upon as the cal­en­dar flips to Oc­to­ber.

“Our of­fense con­trolled the ball and our de­fense con­trolled their of­fense,” BC head coach Rick Kee­ley said. “We are play­ing very good foot­ball right now.”

Could the Sec­tion 2 Saints ac­tu­ally be the Berks League’s top unit? It’s an en­tic­ing ques­tion, with the neigh­bor­ing Gov­er­nor Mif­flin Mus­tangs and sec­tion ri­val (and fel­low un­beaten) Wyomissing in the mix, but Kee­ley wouldn’t bite. The Saints and Mus­tangs don’t play; the Spar­tans still await, more than a month off.

“I’m only wor­ried about be­ing the best team tonight,” Kee­ley said. “So the next-week things, they take care of them­selves.

staff and our kids do a great job of just fo­cus­ing on who we’re play­ing tonight ... if you take care of busi­ness one week at a time, all those ac­co­lade-type things take care of them­selves. It’s a shame you can’t play some­one who’s not on your sched­ule. Mif­flin has a great team and we have a great team.”

Lutz got the lion’s share car­ries, but when Ge­orge had the foot­ball he was im­pos­ing.

The ju­nior run­ning back hit pay dirt on his first tote of the night, a 67-yard rum­ble through Ex­eter’s de­fense for an early 7-0 Saints lead not six min­utes into the con­test. The sec­ond time he touched it, Ge­orge went for 49 yards -- which set up BC’s sec­ond score, a 5-yard re­cep­tion by Lutz from quar­ter­back Ter­rence Derr with 4:48 left in the half. His third carry was good for 33; his fourth was a 19-yard touch­down run to make it 21-0, 1:55 to the break. His fifth went for 29, set­ting up Luke Pain­ton’s 23yard touch­down re­cep­tion from Derr for a 28-0 lead. Ex­eter sim­ply could not con­tain him.

“I was just try­ing to help my team get up and stay up,” Ge­orge said. “When they try to con­tain one (Lutz), we come back with the other. That’s all it is.”

Quin­ton Fo­ley added a pair of sec­ond half scores for the Saints, with the reg­u­lars de­parted. He ran for 76 yards on five car­ries.

For Ex­eter, the strug­gle was ex­ac­er­bated by San­goulis’s in­jury, which oc­curred in the sec­ond quar­ter. Gage Mo­ran ran for 82 yards on seven car­ries in his stead, but their styles are dif­fer­ent. Mo­ran’s straight-ahead, be­tween-the-tack­les style dif­fers from San­goulis’s na­tive slith­er­ing elu­sive­ness. Ex­eter head coach Matt Bauer did not sound ter­ri­bly op­ti­mistic af­ter the game.

“We won’t know un­til Satur­day when the doc­tor sees him,” Bauer said.

Bauer was asked if he saw this lop­sided re­sult com­ing.

“No, I did not,” he replied. “But I’ll take re­spon­si­bil­ity for it. I’m in charge.

“It gets back to what we’ve stressed all year: Tack­ling. I thought we did a much bet­ter job last week against Mif­flin (a 24-14 loss) with that. We took a step back tonight in that area.”

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