Serra's losing streak continues; Brentwood wins in rout
Serra Catholic's losing streak stretched into its second season when the Eagles were clipped, 49-7, by Brentwood Friday in a Class A Black Hills conference game at Brentwood Stadium.
After finishing last season winless, the Eagles (0-1, 0-1) fell behind early and were unable to dig themselves out of a deep deficit.
“I just told them to keep their heads up,” Eagles first-year coach Tony St. Angelo said. “That's all you can do after a loss like this. Brentwood is a good opponent. They're going to be No. 1 or 2 in our conference.”
Brentwood's Tayron Kyser returned the opening kickoff to the Eagles' 46. After three straight handoffs to Justin Vickless, the Spartans were up, 7-0.
On the Eagles' next possession, junior quarterback Zac Quatrone ran around the left end for a nice gain. Vickless tweaked his knee on the play and hobbled to the sideline. Vickless, who racked up 1,648 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, entered the game 67 yards short of 3,000 for his career. He left the game with three carries for 46 yards and a score.
“He twisted his knee a little bit,” Spartans coach Kevin Kissel said. “We didn't want to do anything else with him. He hurt it the beginning of the year, tweaked it. We rested him the last two weeks. Doctor checked him, he should be OK.”
When Vickless went down, the Eagles didn't find the going any easier. On the Spartans' next offensive play, Connor McWilliams hit Bill Madeja on a 46-yard scoring strike.
The Spartans replacement running back, sophomore Pat Carr, took over and rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 9, 28 and 19 yards.
“I wouldn't even call that kid a backup,” St. Angelo said, noting Carr is good enough to start at just about any other conference school.
Brentwood scored a touchdown on every offensive possession in the first quarter to take a 28-0 lead. The Spartans scored in three plays or less in every series.
The Eagles got off to a better start in the second quarter, stuffing the Spartans on a fourth and goal from the 2-yard line. However, they ended the ensuing possession with a punt. A few plays later, Carr scored on a 19-yard run, but that was the only score allowed by Serra Catholic in the second quarter.
“Our defense came up big time in the second quarter,” St. Angelo said.
Serra junior Hamdan Wyatt had a few productive kickoff returns in the first half, but the Eagles offense wasn't able to capitalize. They did not find the end zone until quarterback Zac Quatrone scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth. Quatrone finished with 53 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Brentwood junior Cody Conroy (6-foot-7, 230 pounds) was a terror on defense. He routinely disrupted plays and recovered a fumble resulting from a broken play late in the first half.
Up next for the Eagles is a trip to Maryland next Saturday to Play Hancock. When Imani Christian was unable to field a football team this season, Serra scheduled the out-of-state game.
Ed Phillipps is a freelance writer.