St. John drubbed in debut

St. John Central opened its 2011 season on the banks of the Ohio River on their beautiful “Field of Dreams” venue.

Unfortunately for the Green faithful, things quickly turned into a nightmare for Paul Rose’s bunch.

Grove City Christian ran over the hosts by a 61-12 count that surprisingly could have been worse.

The reason the score did not implode was due to two factors.

One this year’s Irish squad seems to have bought into Paul Rose’s “Irish Pride” mantra and two the Eagles’ coaches showed class in substituting early and often.

St. John’s did all they could in order to play good football.

Saturday was just a case of simply being out-manned.

Rose was heartfelt in his words.

“In life, you are not always going to have things go your way; and for sure you will have setbacks, but the true test is how you respond. Do you get up and fight back, or do you stay down? These kids got up today and that is what I want to instill in the young men on my team.”

The Irish were also dealt a fatal blow early in the contest with the score lighting 7-0. One of their key players was ejected from the game.

“When you are only dressing 16 kids, you need every one of them,” claimed Rose. “I really didn’t think he should have been kicked out of the game, but he was.”

Rose continued, “When I took this job I knew it was going to be a challenge, and I know these guys are disappointed, but I know we can win some football games and bring some pride back to St. John’s. It’s just not going to happen overnight.”

The Eagles jumped out to a 20-0 edge after one quarter and by intermission, had built a 41-6 advantage.

After three frames the Johnnies trailed, 54-12.

St. John did manage to muster more than 300 yards of offense on the afternoon. Senior quarterback Travis Ogden was the lone 100-plus runner on the day. He toted the leather 15 times for 123 stripes. He also completed two passes to hard-nosed John Alvey for 26 yards. He finished 2-of-9 and was picked once.

Alvey notched 67 yards on 11 tries. Devon Hennessy ended with nine carries good for 52 yards. Opic had 55 yards on nine attempts.

The Eagles talented senior Ben Whitaker rushed for 92 yards on just five carries. He threw for a six-pointer in the first quarter when he found sophomore Nate High all alone for a 20-yard hook-up.

Promising freshman Tre Roberts took only one handoff on the afternoon, but he took advantage of his chance scampering 85 yards to paydirt.