St. Edward has easy time with Guerin

 
By Jared Birchfield
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/16/2016 11:54 PM

It was all St. Edward during its 50-0 Metro Suburban crossover win over Guerin Friday night at Greg True Field in Elgin.

The Green Wave scored on 6 of 9 drives -- 5 of 6 in the first half -- and held the Guerin offense to a total of 3 yards.

 

The victory raises St. Edward's record to 4-0.

The Green Wave's first possession of the game was the only one in the first half that did not end with a touchdown.

Sophomore running back Angel Garcia score the team's first TD on its second drive of the game -- a 1-yard plunge with 5:49 left in the first quarter. Garcia was once again the workhorse for St. Edward's ground game, rushing for 87 yards on 7 carries.

"We were a little unfocused on the first drive," said St. Edward coach Mike Rolando. "Luckily Angel got us going with the running game and then we were on our way, everybody got into rhythm."

The Green Wave's passing game took over from there. On the team's next drive, quarter back Dylan Mlinarich connected with James Harkins for a 1-yard scoring pass.

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Mlinarich completed 10 of 14 passes for 110 yards, all in the first half. Backup QB Jordan West directed the team in the second half.

The defense ended the first quarter scoring. After a Guerin fumble, linebacker Daniel Falco recovered the ball and raced 19 yards for the score.

All 3 second quarter touchdowns were on passing plays. Fifty-six seconds into the second half, Ryan Pomeroy (3 receptions for 38 yards) caught Mlinarich's 23-yard pass for a TD. On the Green Wave's next drive, it was receiver David Madden's turn, crossing the goal line on a 20-yarder. Tyler Holte completed the first half scoring on a 9-yard pass.

St. Edward led 44-0 at the half.

With a running clock, the Green Wave ran only three drives in the second half. West scored the final TD on a 58-yard run in the third quarter.

Guerin (0-3) couldn't get its offense on track. The Crusaders crossed into Green Wave territory on three possessions, two in the second half and never penetrated the red zone.

St. Edward will have its work cut out for it next Friday, when it opens its Metro Suburban Blue conference schedule by hosting IC Catholic, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A.

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