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FINAL: Saints Top Vikings 34-27

The St. Charles East Saints take the win in an offensive battle Friday night in St. Charles.

A trade of turnovers early in the fourth quarter turned a 28-27 St. Charles lead into a touchdown and a 34-27 Saints win Friday at St. Charles East.

Bobby Hess opened the scoring for Geneva with a 93-yard kickoff return to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead after 3 seconds of play.

But St. Charles East came back two minutes later with an interception return by Mitch Munroe for a touchdown. Hess scored on a 40-yard run to make it 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

St. Charles quarterback Jimmy Mitchell hit Erik Anderson on a 58-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter. But freshman quarterback Nick Derr connected with Kyle Brown for a 77-yard score, and Geneva led 21-14 at the half.

Munroe matched Hess' game-opening heroics by taking the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 21.

St. Charles special teams and turnovers took over from there.

The Saints blocked a Geneva punt, and Mike Eyre recovered in the end zone for a 28-21 St. Charles East lead. The Vikings countered with a 43-yard pass from Derr to Brown, but the Vikings missed the extra point, giving the Saints a 28-27 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Geneva intercepted a pass and had the ball inside the Viking 20-yard line but fumbled the exchange, allowing Anderson to punch in the go-ahead touchdown from the 5-yard line.

The Vikings marched to the Saints' 31-yard line before a holding call and an unsportsmanlike conduct call ended the drive. 

The Saints improve tp 4-2 overall, 3-0 in the Upstate Eight River Division. The Vikings fall to 1-5, 1-2 in the UEC, and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

 

SCORING

Q / time  team - player# - description  PAT 1 / 11:47 G - # 32   93 yard kickoff return #30 PAT 7 0 1 / 9:22 S - # 3    20 yard Int return #54 PAT  7 7 1 / 4:30 G - # 32   40 yard run #30 PAT 14 7 2 / 11:50 S - # 17     58 yard pass to # 21 #54 PAT  14 14 2 / 10:13 G - # 17   77 yard pass to # 15 #30 PAT 21 14 3 / 11:45 S - # 30   90 yard kickoff return #54 PAT  21 21 3 / 9:45 S - block punt into end zone #54 PAT  21 28 3 / 7:15 G - # 17   43 yard pass to # 15 #30 N/G 27 28 4 / 11:00 S - # 21   5 yard run #54 N/G 27 34

SCORE BY QUARTER

Scores by Quarters 1   2   3   4   Total Geneva 14 7 6 0 27 STC E. 7 7 14 6 34

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