Sabers defense pitches shutout

Sabers defense pitches shutout

KINCAID — After a long trip to Kincaid made interesting when the team’s equipment van broke down along the way, St. Thomas More vowed not to come out flat.

Michael Plecki made sure of it.

Plecki set the tone by running the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown as the unbeaten Sabers rolled 49-0.

“Forty-three points in the first half made it worth the trip,” STM coach Dan Hennessey said.

The Sabers ran all over Kincaid South Fork, getting long rushing touchdowns from Josh Parker (65 yards) and Storm Joop (55) in a dominant performance.

Parker, a freshman, ran for 164 yards on 14 carries, and STM also got interception returns for touchdowns from Cam Deedrich and Sean Sullivan.

Hennessey credited Deedrich, Chase Kangas and Bret Roos, who blocked his second punt of the season, had two sacks and was credited with a safety, as defensive stars.

“That’s nice,” Hennessey said of the shutout. “They were cheering for it. We pulled our starters, and the guys we put in were going for it. Got the shutout, that’s huge.”

The Sabers only threw the ball six times — “We pretty much ran the ball at will (Friday),” Hennessey said — and two of the completions went for touchdowns.
Joop connected with Justin Bristow and Parker for long touchdown receptions.

Now the Sabers head into conference play right where they want to be:
“Our goal was simple: Gotta go 2-0 in the nonconference,” Hennessey said. “Gotta keep it going now. They’re very focused. They’re on a mission right now.”

Sangamon Valley Conference standings

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 0 0 2 0
St. Thomas More 0 0 2 0
Clifton Central 0 0 1 0
St. Joseph-Ogden 0 0 1 0
Iroquois West 0 0 1 1
Momence 0 0 1 1
Watseka 0 0 0 2

Salem at Clifton Central
St. Joseph-Ogden at Carterville

St. Thomas More at Watseka
Clifton Central at Paris
PBL at Iroquois West
St. Joseph-Ogden at Momence