Savannah rolls past St. Joe Benton

By Thomas Huitt Johnson The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 22, 2011 - 12:12 AM

Blake McFadden finally received a chance to start at quarterback for Savannah.

Up until Friday’s game at Benton, the senior played a limited role this year for the Savages after sitting out last season to focus on baseball prospects, but after Savannah starter Zane Wilt came down with turf toe early in the week, coach Mark Cole called McFadden’s number.

McFadden answered in a 40-13 win at Sparks Field, playing a part in all six of the Savages’ touchdowns.

“That was his first snaps at varsity quarterback, ever,” Cole said.

McFadden, a Division I baseball recruit, prospected out as Savannah’s future starter following his sophomore year.

Instead, he chose fall baseball during the 2010 season and started this year as a punter only. Eventually, he worked in more as a defensive back before Wilt’s injury forced Cole to retrieve a plan long though dormant.

Savannah trailed 6-0 for the entire first quarter and half of the second. McFadden looked out of sorts, but that changed when he burst down the left side of the field for a 40-yard touchdown run midway with just more than 7 minutes left in the first half to put Savannah up 7-6.

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