Friday, October 14, 2011
Football: No. 23 Chaminade 31, St. Paul 6
By Sean Ceglinsky
WEST HILLS -- No one is perfect.
Logan Scott, however, was about as close as it gets Friday night.
The senior quarterback completed 16-of-19 for 220 yards and tossed three touchdown passes in the first half for Chaminade. On the ground, Scott rushed for 57 yards in eight carries. His well-rounded effort was more than enough to guide the Eagles to a rather impressive 31-6 victory over visiting Santa Fe Springs St. Paul in a Mission League opener for both schools.
With the victory over the Swordsmen (5-1, 0-1), Chaminade (5-1, 1-0) proved itself worthy of a No. 23 spot in the ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings. This was also a matchup of the top two teams in this week's CIF-Southern Section Western Division poll.
Scott started the second half similar to the way he ended things in the first: Throwing the ball well. He completed four passes for 39 yards on the Eagles first possession of the third quarter. Terrell Newby scored on a one-yard run to give extend the lead, 28-6, at 9:24.
Ben Krientenburg, a freshman kicker for Chaminade, booted a 30-yard field goal with 10:23 remaining in the fourth quarter for the game's final magin.
With less than three minutes left in the first half, Chaminade effectively used its hurry-up offense. Scott had a 38-yard pass go off Kevin Lewallyn's fingertips. No matter, Elijah Dunston caught a 26-yard pass from Scott to give the Eagles a 21-6 lead at the break.
Scott completed 9-of-12 passes for 120 yards in the first half.
Following a particularly poor punt, Scott & Co. got to work near midfield. It didn't take long for the Eagles to score either. He connected with Dunston on a 16-yard touchdown and Chaminade extended its advantage, 14-3, with 5:23 left in the second quarter.
Trailing by three points, Scott directed a time-consuming scoring drive. He capped things off with a 20-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Brenden McKinney. All of a sudden, the Eagles had their first lead of the game, 7-3, at the 5:23 mark of the first quarter.
Paul Telles used his legs to jump start things early on in the game. He scrambled for 23 yards to move St. Paul into scoring position. Minutes later, Kevin Melendrez lined up and kicked a 31-yard field to give the Swordsmen a 3-0 lead with 9:03 left in the first quarter.