By: Donald Kane
Homecoming is always an exciting time in high school, and that was evident at Guerin Catholic on Friday night. The students showed up in full force and were all dressed in the Hawaiian theme. The energy of the crowd was palpable all night, and when the players rushed onto the field I am sure they could feel it. On the field, the Golden Eagles continued to play well. Senior Thomas Kaser continued his stellar season with 4 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown and 2 punt returns for 53 yards. Luke Keller put together another strong performance as well, going 5 for 6 for 58 yards with 2 touchdowns. The offense was clicking on all cylinders from start to finish. From the wide receivers running good routes to the offensive line controlling the line of scrimmage, the offense did not have much trouble making big plays all night. On the other side of the ball, it was a dominant showing. Howe struggled to find an offensive rhythm all night long in part due to the pass rush the Golden Eagles were able to consistently generate. A few of the defensive lineman who helped generate the pass rush were seniors Sam Ashton and Chris Castillo, and sophomore Nick Szymczak. The defense was also very good at getting quick stops, allowing the offense to control the clock and win the time of possession battle. At the end of the first half, Guerin Catholic was up 48-0, and that meant that their starters did not see much action in the second half. The second half gave Coach Dilley and the rest of the staff a glimpse into what the future of Guerin Catholic football will look like. Young players also got plenty of opportunities to showcase their skills as well as get valuable experience in a Varsity football game. Sophomore quarterback Christian Gelov played in his first Varsity game last night, completing 2 passes for 28 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown pass was an 11-yard strike to fellow sophomore Nick Demas. Even with Guerin up by 48 points on the end of the third quarter, Howe showed a lot of character and fight as they continued to battle the entire game. Howe outscored Guerin Catholic 14-6 in the fourth quarter, and that is a positive that they can carry into next week’s game. As for the Golden Eagles, continuing to watch film and shore up in areas they feel they need to improve, they should carry a lot of confidence with them, as starting a season 4-0 is hard to do.