For the second week in a row, Seton Catholic suffered little drop-off with backup quarterback David Gesicki commanding the Sentinels’ offense.
Coming off a blowout victory over San Tan Foothills last week, Gesicki once again led Seton Catholic (4-1) to a dominant 46-14 victory, this time over Division III Maricopa on the road Friday night.
Despite the scoring disparity, Seton Catholic trailed 7-0 entering the second quarter, as the offense sputtered and the defense had difficulty halting Maricopa running back Kentrell Coleman, who scored on an 18-yard run to top off the Rams’ opening drive.
But the proverbial floodgates opened shortly thereafter for the Sentinels, as they scored just six seconds into the second frame on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Gesicki to receiver Anthony Johnson. Once the cobwebs came off, the Sentinels were unable to do anything but score on offense; the team reeled off 40 unanswered points and found the end zone three times in both the second and third quarters.
“I think, eventually, we just started executing,” said Seton Catholic coach Rex Bowser.
The most impressive individual offensive performer was Gesicki, who accounted for six of the Sentinels’ seven touchdowns, with three touchdowns a piece in the air and on the ground. Gesicki totaled 307 passing yards on 17 of 23 attempts and added six rushes for 29 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s going to grow and grow and grow,” Bowser said of his quarterback.
Also starring for Seton Catholic was receiver Matt Haggerty, who darted through the Maricopa secondary with little sweat and great ease on his way toward a seven-catch, 172-yard evening, and even stopped by the end zone twice on two long-receptions. Halfback Eric Probst accounted for the seventh touchdown on a 2-yard run late in the third quarter, as he tallied 57 yards on 12 carries for the game.
As the offense skated through the Rams (2-3), the Sentinels’ defense put the clamps on the Maricopa offense for a majority of the final three quarters, limiting Maricopa to a late 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Caleb Buck to tight end Deven Garay. Between touchdowns No. 1 and 2, Seton Catholic forced three turnovers – two fumbles and an interception – and held the Rams to 1 of 8 on third downs.
It was a solid night for the Sentinels, although the final results is even more impressive given the additional injuries Bowser said Seton Catholic accrued during last week’s practices. The wave of injuries forced him to insert a number of backups into the regular playing rotation, many of whom Bowser said were playing brand-new positions.
“We’re starting to hold this team together with twine and Elmer’s Glue,” he said. “They (backups) are getting an opportunity and they’re taking advantage of it.”
Seton Catholic 46, Maricopa 14
Seton Catholic 0 20 20 6 – 46
Maricopa 7 0 0 7 – 14
First downs: Seton Catholic: 16, Maricopa: 16
Rushes-yards: Seton Catholic: 34-184, Maricopa: 32-214
Passing yards: Seton Catholic 307, Maricopa 145
Comp-Att-Int: Seton Catholic 17-23-0, Maricopa 12-23-1
Fumbles-lost: Seton Catholic 2-0, Maricopa 5-2
Penalties-yards: Seton Catholic 6-55, Maricopa 10-50
M – Coleman 18-yard run (Staehs kick)
SC – Johnson 5-yard pass from Gesicki (Garlid kick)
SC– Gesicki 11-yard run (Garlid kick)
SC – Gesicki 10-yard run (kick failed)
SC – Haggerty 22-yard pass from Gesicki (Garlid kick)
SC – Haggerty 41-yard pass from Gesicki (kick failed)
SC – Probst 2-yard run (Garlid kick)
M – Garay 5-yard pass from Buck (Staehs kick)
SC – Gesicki 1-yard run (kick failed)