Miscues sink Serra Catholic
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Serra Catholic could not overcome five turnovers from junior quarterback Zac Quattrone and lost its home opener, 42-24, to Chartiers-Houston on Friday night.
Trailing, 35-24, midway through the fourth quarter, Quattrone fumbled for the third time with the ball inside the 5-yard line and a chance to make it a one-possession game. After recovering the fumble, Chartiers-Houston took advantage of a roughing the punter call on fourth down and marched down the field, punching in a 15-yard touchdown to seal the victory.
“We preach no turnovers, especially down on the 1-yard line,” first-year head coach Anthony St. Angelo said. “We've got to protect the football. I thought we played well. Just stupid little things like that hurt bad.”
Two plays before the fumble, junior Hamden Wyatt broke free for a 49-yard run to the 1. Wyatt led the team with 71 yards rushing on seven carries and added 126 yard on five receptions.
Although Serra Catholic outgained Chartiers-Houston, 398 to 301, the Eagles couldn't stop the Buccaneers' rushing attack led by Spencer Terling. The freshman punished the Eagles, finishing with 152 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries.
Quattrone was picked off twice. Still, he had a good day through the air, completing 15 of 26 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown to junior Joe Satira. Satira led the team with eight catches for 127 yards to go with his first-quarter score.
St. Angelo was happy with his defense's effort, especially in the second half.
“I think we wore them down,” St. Angelo said of his group. “That's all. We didn't really make any adjustments. It was, ‘Just do your job and that's it.' ”
The loss drops Serra Catholic to 1-3 on the season, 1-2 in conference play, with their only win coming via forfeit.
St. Angelo is confident his team can silence the doubters who don't believe the Eagles will win again.
“Everyone outside of here doubts us, but we should have won this one,” he said. “Just keep building, that's all.”
Gary Horvath is a freelance writer.
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