St. Charles Completes Large Comeback to Defeat Triton
After being upset by Triton in last year’s playoffs, the St. Charles Saints used that extra motivation to fuel their 12-point comeback and eventually beat the Cobras 22-19 on Friday, Sept. 27.
Triton got the scoring started when running back Parker Boe ran it in from 10 yards out. A successful extra point by Adrian Martinez gave the Cobras a 7-0 lead.
However, the Saints tied the game on a two-yard touchdown run.
Triton re-took the lead when quarterback Austin Melder scored on a 14-yard touchdown run. The extra point was no good so Triton led by six points, 13-7.
The Cobras added another touchdown when Melder plunged over the goal line from one yard out. Triton ran a two-point coversion to hopefully make up for missing the earlier extra point, but the conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
The 19-7 score held until halftime.
Triton Head Coach Mike Ellingson said his offense used a combination of passes and runs to move the ball effectively in the first half.
“We completed some quick passes and had some nice hard runs,” he said.
In the third quarter, St. Charles trimmed the Cobras’ lead to 19-14 after the Saints scored on a nine-yard touchdown pass.
He mentioned that the Saints used a variety of offensive schemes to keep the chains moving.
“St. Charles mixed in versions of veer, quick pitch and option which made some players break down their given responsibility,” he said.
After successfully moving the ball in the first half, Ellingson said his offense struggled in the second half.
“Our offense failed to execute on multiple levels, turnovers (four) proved to be the Achilles heel this evening”
Speaking of turnovers, Triton committed their most costly turnover in the fourth quarter as they fumbled the ball in their own territory and St. Charles took advantage by scoring on a one-yard touchdown run. Up by just one point, the Saints decided to try a two-point conversion to make it a three-point game and were successful so they lead 22-19.
The Cobras looked like they were going to at least tie the game as they marched down the field and reached the Saints’ 15 yard-line, but a penalty pushed them back to the 20 and a pass into the end zone fell incomplete.
That brought up fourth down, and Triton decided to kick a game-tying field goal rather than another throw into the end zone.
Unfortunately, Martinez’s 30-yard field goal attempt fell just short and St. Charles held on for the 22-19 victory.
After a tough loss, Ellingson said the Cobras will work on limiting self-inflicted wounds.
“Turnovers will be emphasized in practice, also untimely penalties proved to be quite costly,” he said.
Triton’s record is now 3-2. The Cobras’ next game is a road contest against Pine Island at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.