Staley roll over St. Joseph Central

By Levi Smith Newspress Now
Posted: October 6, 2018 - 12:43 AM

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Amid a flurry of turnovers and errors, Central struggled to move the ball on offense and couldn’t stop the constant offensive momentum of perpetual Class 5 powerhouse Staley, as the Indians fell to the Falcons 48-0 on Friday at Staley High School.

Central coach Regi Trotter acknowledges that it wasn’t one of the team’s neatest games of the season, something they could have used if they wanted to keep pace with the defending state champion Falcons (6-1).

“We weren’t making sharp throws, we weren’t keeping good protection, we weren’t taking care of the football. That’s the bottom line,” Trotter said. “The football is so important that the whole game is named after it and we couldn’t keep possession. ... A lot of these mistakes weren’t necessarily takeaways as much as there were giveaways and we can’t have those if we want to beat anybody, let alone a very talented team like Staley.”

Staley started scoring from the first drive, converting two fourth downs on its initial possession and blending run and pass seamlessly as it drove in for a touchdown run by senior quarterback Loa Grace to give them an early lead.

The first Indians possession, by contrast, ended with Central quarterback Taylor Wells throwing a dangerous pass over the middle that was picked off and returned for a score by the Falcons. It was the first in a string of interceptions, dropped snaps and fumbled pitches as Staley stymied the Central option attack all night.

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