St. Vincent football coach Tim Schumer said that his team had “a lot of fun” on Friday night. The Indians scored early and often, then dominated on defense as they shutout Bayless 59-0 for the team’s third straight victory.
It also signified the third consecutive shutout. The Indians last gave up points against Valle Catholic on Sept. 10 (12 quarters). Schumer noted his team’s defense is playing fundamentally sound.
“Our guys are getting in the groove right now, Schumer said. “They are getting familiar with their positions and what is being asked of them. They have been playing lights out right now. The linebackers are doing a great job of flying around and making plays, our secondary is covering the receivers, and our defensive line is being disruptive and getting in the backfield.”
The offense had an equally great day as Schumer said at least seven different players make a catch and another eight had at least one carry. Schumer is seeing growth not only on the defensive side of the ball, but also offensively.
“Guys are finding their role in the offense and excelling at it,” he said. “I think we are growing as a team and these games have helped us build confidence.”
That confidence is growing and fans have to look no further than sophomore quarterback Christian Schaaf, who went 8 for 8 with 170 yards and two touchdowns against Bayless.
His leading receiver was Trevor Moonier who made just one catch for 45 yards and one touchdown. Evan DeWilde had one catch for 37 yards. Senior Jacob Kapp was the only Indian player with multiple catches as he collected two passes for 34 yards. Connor McMillian made the other score through the air for St. Vincent and accounted for 12 yards.
On the ground, the Indians were led by Mason Light’s 53 yards on nine carries and one touchdown. Cooper McMillian followed that with 32 yards rushing on one carry and a touchdown. Jett Rietzel also ran in another touchdown and accounted for 15 yards on the ground.
St. Vincent (4-2) will return home and take on St. Pius (5-1) Friday, Oct. 8 in Perryville. St. Pius is coming off a 37-13 victory over Doniphan last week. The Lancers have won five games in a row, allowing 20 points or less in each victory.
Schumer understands this will be a tough game for his Indians.
“They are a tough hard-nosed team,” Schumer said. “They like to run the ball so we are going to have to be ready for them to slow the game down a little bit and limit possessions.”