St. Vincent football has asserted itself the past few years when it comes to matchups with their crosstown rival Perryville. The Indians had won three straight contests against the Pirates.
St. Vincent made it four consecutive wins over their rivals on Friday night.
St. Vincent took control from the opening drive and rode that momentum to a 36-0 victory over Perryville at Indians field.
“We executed for the most part,” St. Vincent coach Tim Schumer said. “We had some chances that I wish we would have converted in the second quarter, but we had some turnovers that we will continue to work on. The defense was lights out all night, and that’s where I felt like we won the game.”
The Indians held the Pirates to just 108 total yards and Perryville coach Brent Roth agreed with Schumer to a degree that his team lost the battle in the trenches.
“Our offensive line got beat, that’s all there is to it.” Roth said. “Penalties hurt us too and backed us up and forced us to throw and we had no time back there. It’s a team problem all the way around. I’m going to take my share of the blame as well.”
St. Vincent got off to another fast start as they scored on the opening drive. St. Vincent quarterback Christian Schaaf scrambled for 23 yards to the Pirate 30 and was even sacked by linebacker Deven Lukefahr on third down, before the sophomore scrambled 12 yards on fourth down for the score.
St. Vincent led 6-0 with 8:55 left in the first quarter and that’s exactly how Schumer wanted it.
“We wanted to get the ball and set the tone early,” Schumer said. “That gave us some momentum going forward in the first half.”
The Pirates did have their biggest play of the game later in the quarter on a 20-yard run by Ben Hotop to the 35-yard line, but the drive stalled after a sack by Colby Hager.
Things got worse for Perryville from there as the ensuing punt went awry after the snap went over the head of the Pirate punter for a safety as the Indians quickly led 8-0.
The Indians got the ball back, but Perryville was able to force one of St. Vincent’s four turnovers. Justin Wingerter intercepted a Schaaf pass at the Pirate one yard line. The fact that the Pirates were able to have four takeaways was one of a few positives that Roth was able to take away from the game.
“We just weren’t able to do anything with them,” Roth said.
That turnover was no different along with the fumble that the Pirates were able to force after another punt.
St. Vincent was able to take advantage of the Pirate defense on some deep passing plays. Schaaf went to Kapp on a 3rd and 20 pass that ended up in the redzone for 35 yards. Schaaf went 9-16 for 135 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Kapp had three catches for 53 yards, while Kaden Kassel had two catches for 52 and one touchdown.
The Kapp catch later set up a three yard run by Jett Reitzel as the Indians pounded the ground game for 203 yards. Mason Light led the Indian ground attack with 72 yards on nine carries. Schaaf ran for 59 yards on eight carries.
But the drive that separated the Pirates and Indians and was momentum shifting according to both coaches was the one right before halftime.
Penalties had backed St. Vincent into a second and 37 situation after an interception by Evan DeWilde at midfield. Schaaf scrambled for 21 yards and Kapp caught a pass that converted a fourth and 14 for the Indians down to the Pirates seven-yard line.
Kassel caught a slant pass on the next play to give the Indians a 22-0 lead with 28 seconds left in the half.
“That was just a killer for us,” Roth said. “Being down two scores is manageable, but three proved to be too much. We had a script coming out of halftime, but we had a penalty that forced us to throw everything out the window.”
The Indians didn’t help out any comeback attempts either.
Kassel picked off a Pirate pass for a touchdown midway through the third quarter and the Indians blocked a Pirate punt for a touchdown for the final margin. With that play the Indians scored points on offense, defense, and special teams.
“When you can score in all three phases, that drastically raises your chances of winning,” Schumer said. “It also means that our team as a whole was clicking.”
Perryville will host Potosi (1-4), while St. Vincent will travel to Bayless (0-5), the first year member of the I-55 Conference.
“That’s going to be a new challenge for us,” Schumer said. “We will work on us this week, clean some stuff up and look to Bayless.”