The Saints of Berks Catholic have been red hot in the early stages of this 2013 season. Friday was no exception as the Saints played host to Schuylkill Valley. The Berks Catholic faithful celebrated senior night in a big way with a 36-7 victory.
Kicker Drew Stanko got the scoring started for the Saints when he connected on a 22 yard field goal in the first quarter. Pop Lacey added 6 with a 30 yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter, putting the Saints up 10-0 after a Stanko PAT. QB Patrick Causa found Kyle Eliff for a 25 yard touchdown on the next possession, putting the Saints up 16-0 going into halftime.
The Saints struck early and often, again in the 2nd half. Chris Warren got the scoring started in the 3rd quarter with a 44 yard touchdown scamper, putting BC up 23-0. Cooper Kutz added a 1 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter as well which put the Saints up 30-0. The Saints scored their final touchdown in the 4th quarter on a Chris Warren 7 yard touchdown run. Schuylkill Valley then scored their only points of the game late in the 4th when Tanner White found Nicholas Braucher for a 5 yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 36-7, which was the final count.
Leading the way for the Saints on offense was a pair of running backs in Chris Warren and Pop Lacey. Warren, a senior, carried the ball 8 times for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also catching 2 passes for 50 yards. Lacey, a junior, carried 9 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a 17 yard pass. The tandem has quickly become one of most thrilling offensive duos in Berks County.
For Schuylkill Valley, the offense struggled mightily accumulating just 153 total yards. Nick Scheidt, who came into the game having rushed for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns, was kept out of the endzone for the second consecutive week and finished with a season low 41 yards. One bright spot was that Gregory Johnson made his Berks-leading 5th interception of the year.
Berks Catholic’s defense has now surrendered just 65 points on the season, trailing Wilson by only one point for best defense in Berks County.
The Saints (2-0, 6-0) will travel to Hamburg (1-2, 4-2) next Friday, while the Panthers (1-2, 4-2) will play host to Blue Mountain (1-2, 2-4).