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Munroe honors dad with big day for St. Charles E.
  • Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com  St. Charles East's Mitch Munroe runs down the sideline on his way to making the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter vs. South Elgin on Saturday, August 31.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com St. Charles East's Mitch Munroe runs down the sideline on his way to making the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter vs. South Elgin on Saturday, August 31.

  • St. Charles East's Ramon Lopez takes down South Elgin's Tyler Christensen in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | St. Charles East's Ramon Lopez takes down South Elgin's Tyler Christensen in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Tyler Christensen is sacked by St. Charles East's Ramon Lopez in the second quarter on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | South Elgin's Tyler Christensen is sacked by St. Charles East's Ramon Lopez in the second quarter on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin senior Jacob Zabran, 17, of South Elgin fires up the rowdies at kickoff for the game vs. St. Charles East on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | South Elgin senior Jacob Zabran, 17, of South Elgin fires up the rowdies at kickoff for the game vs. St. Charles East on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin seniors Alex Pierscionek, left, and Alec Barclay take to the field for the start of the game vs. St. Charles East on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | South Elgin seniors Alex Pierscionek, left, and Alec Barclay take to the field for the start of the game vs. St. Charles East on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The pass is complete and a touchdown made by St. Charles East's AJ Washington despite an attempt to block by South Elgin's Tyler Christensen in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | The pass is complete and a touchdown made by St. Charles East's AJ Washington despite an attempt to block by South Elgin's Tyler Christensen in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Antchill Thomas stops St. Charles East's Ramon Lopez cold in the second quarter on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | South Elgin's Antchill Thomas stops St. Charles East's Ramon Lopez cold in the second quarter on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East's Scott Roback celebrates an interception in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | St. Charles East's Scott Roback celebrates an interception in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Tyler Christensen shakes off a tackle attempt by St. Charles East's Brannon Barry in the second quarter on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | South Elgin's Tyler Christensen shakes off a tackle attempt by St. Charles East's Brannon Barry in the second quarter on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East's Mitch Munroe strong-arms South Elgin's Nino Arredondo in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31.

    Purchase Photo | St. Charles East's Mitch Munroe strong-arms South Elgin's Nino Arredondo in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East's Michael Candre takes down South Elgin's Shawn Griffin in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31. 3 20

    Purchase Photo | St. Charles East's Michael Candre takes down South Elgin's Shawn Griffin in the first quarter on Saturday, August 31. 3 20 Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Rob Cuda looks to pass in the first quarter on Saturday against St. Charles East.

    Purchase Photo | South Elgin's Rob Cuda looks to pass in the first quarter on Saturday against St. Charles East. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Seth Hancock

St. Charles East football coach Mike Fields called his team's season opener "a tale of two halves."

The Saints tallied 203 of their 315 total yards in the first half, and host South Elgin racked up 236 of its 284 total yards in the second half.

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Luckily for the visitors, a 28-0 halftime lead was able to hold up as the Saints defeated the Storm 35-27 in the nonconference matchup Saturday afternoon.

With good field position, East was able to jump out to a 14-0 less than four minutes into the game.

Honoring Saints' senior Mitch Munroe's father Scott, who passed away over the summer, East's first play from scrimmage led to a touchdown when quarterback Jimmy Mitchell threw a pass to Erik Anderson who in turn pitched the ball back to Munroe who ran down the right side of the field untouched for a 43-yard score.

"We called that Scott's play, and we worked on it a lot," Fields said. "We wanted that for Mitch, and I really thought Scott was looking down on us today. It was executed perfectly."

Munroe (106 receiving yards) also caught a 13-yard TD pass from Mitchell for the final score of the first half. Mitchell added TD passes of 5 yards and 23 yards to Brannon Barry and Morgan Flanigan respectively in the first half.

Mitchell finished 21-for-33 with 272 passing yards, and he hit Barry from 36 yards out in the final minute of the third quarter for the Saints' final score of the game and a 35-7 lead.

"If you put a target out 40 yards away from Jimmy, he'll hit it 10 out of 10 times," Barry said. "He gets along great with all of the receivers, and he did a great job today."

It was Patrik Pistorio's inaugural game as the Storm's head coach, and although the final result wasn't what he wanted he saw his squad fight back with 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

South Elgin QB Rob Cuda (15-for-34, 301 yards) threw 3 touchdown passes and caught another on a trick play. Tyler Christensen caught an 86-yard TD pass early in the third quarter and added a 6-yard TD grab for the final score of the game, and Andrew Kamienski caught a 13-yard TD pass in the fourth.

Cuda's TD catch came from 8 yards out when he pitched the snap to Nick Menken, who in turn threw the TD pass.

"Definitely that second half told me that my kids have a bunch of moxy," Pistorio said. "After that first half, we knew we had to fight back. I was happy with the fight, but we have a lot of work to do."

East's defense forced 3 turnovers including interceptions from Scott Roback and Jon Finn, and Michael Candre had 4 sacks.

"It feels amazing to get that first win," Candre said. "You get that first win, and you feel pretty good. I think we're just going to keep getting better."

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