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Locked down

Gaels roll

October 13, 2012
By ERIC PRATT sports@messengernews.net

Unexpectedly trailing by a point late in the first half, St. Edmond briefly abandoned what it does best to try and take all the momentum away from upstart Sioux Central.

The change of pace worked, as the sixth-ranked Gaels drove 57 yards in less than a minute through the air to grab the lead for good on their way to a 36-8 triumph over the Rebels inside Dodger Stadium.

St. Edmond (7-1 overall, 5-1 in Class 1A, District 2) wrapped up second place in the standings and a first-round home playoff date by putting away Sioux Central (3-5, 1-4) in a speedy affair that took under two hours to complete. While senior Alex Mericle again dominated on the ground - accumulating 29 carries for 195 yards and three touchdowns - it was the passing partnership of senior quarterback David Flattery and sophomore receiver Landon Peed that delivered the game-altering plays.

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''David and Landon had some huge connections for us,'' said Gael head coach Dick Tighe, who earned career win No. 398. ''The pass (a 43-yard completion to set up a Mericle touchdown with 10 seconds left in the first half) really saved our bacon.

''It was important that we were able to not only get the lead back before (the break), but also have something to build on. They kind of took it to us at the point of attack (in the first two quarters), so we had to respond.''

St. Edmond scored the final 29 points to make the margin of victory look much more comfortable than Tighe felt up until the closing seconds of the second period. After surrendering 126 rush yards on 36 attempts by a persistent Rebel offense in the first half, the Gaels gave up just 79 total yards the rest of the way. Sioux Central failed to complete a single pass, while Flattery found Peed three times for 75 yards alone.

Fact Box

SESC

First downs1612

Rushes-yards45-25758-205

Passing920

Comp-Att-Int4-7-00-2-1

Total Yards349205

Punts-Avg.2-32.54-29.5

Fumbles-Lost5-21-0

Penalties-Yards4-413-20

St. Edmond015147-36

Sioux Central0800-8

Scoring Summary

St. Edmond - Landon Peed (26-yard pass from David Flattery), 11:54 left second. Aaron McElroy kick.

Sioux Central - Devin Tripp (1-yard run), 3:40 left second. Parker Habben run.

St. Edmond - Alex Mericle (1-yard run), 0:10 left second. Mericle run.

St. Edmond - Mericle (3-yard run), 5:51 left third. McElroy kick.

St. Edmond - Mericle (7-yard run), 3:03 left third. McElroy kick.

St. Edmond - McElroy (10-yard run), 8:07 left third. McElroy kick.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-St. Edmond: Alex Mericle 29-195, Aaron McElroy 5-34, Matt Stumpf 2-21, Vinnie Harvey 5-5, David Flattery 4-2. Sioux Central: Devin Tripp 38-145, Parker Habben 8-27, Nathan Leer 10-26, Austin Glawe 2-7.

PASSING-St. Edmond: David Flattery 4-7-0-92. Sioux Central: Parker Habben 0-1-1-0, Austin Glawe 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING-St. Edmond: Landon Peed 3-75, Matt Stumpf 1-17.

Mericle again did most of the dirty work, flirting with 200 yards before all was said and done. The 195-pound halfback moved within 195 yards and three scores of Neil Flattery's single-season records with last night's performance.

''Alex is just a great runner, especially considering he's at maybe 80 percent right now,'' Tighe said of the senior, who is still dealing with an injured foot. ''And Landon is a heck of a receiver. He's a valuable weapon. David made some nice throws and Landon just went up and got them.

''We made a few defensive adjustments and did a much better job with our assignments in the second half (defensively). It was also big to come out right after halftime and score. Those (bookend) touchdowns really got us going.''

Up 15-8 at the start of the third quarter, St. Edmond churned out a 17-play, 65-yard scoring drive that chewed up over six minutes of clock time.

Aaron McElroy also hit paydirt for the Gaels, who will take on Eagle Grove back here this Friday before hosting a 1A substate opener on Oct. 24 - likely against either Hull Western Christian or Hartley-HMS.

St. Edmond senior Hank Crimmins intercepted a pass.

Sophomore Devin Tripp had 145 yards on 38 rushes for Sioux Central, pushing his season total to 1,233 yards. The Rebels are coached by Brandon Goodchild - a nephew of West Bend-Mallard legend Koy Goodchild.

The Gaels, who now sport a combined overall record of 16-3 in the last two years combined, meet the Eagles at 7 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium to conclude the regular season.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-St. Edmond: Alex Mericle 29-195, Aaron McElroy 5-34, Matt Stumpf 2-21, Vinnie Harvey 5-5, David Flattery 4-2. Sioux Central: Devin Tripp 38-145, Parker Habben 8-27, Nathan Leer 10-26, Austin Glawe 2-7.

PASSING-St. Edmond: David Flattery 4-7-0-92. Sioux Central: Parker Habben 0-1-1-0, Austin Glawe 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING-St. Edmond: Landon Peed 3-75, Matt Stumpf 1-17.

 
 

 

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