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Moreau vs. Encinal

The match-up between the Moreau Catholic Mariners and the Encinal Jets Thursday night was a battle for the BSAL title.  The two teams came in ready to fight for a championship.

The Jets’ explosive offense got out to a quick start on the ground when Nahim Paschal got loose from 28 yards out for the first score of the night.  The Mariners option attack would grind out a 14-play drive that eventually stalled, when a Nicholas Kinast pass to Tight End Chris Baca, came up two yards short at a first down.  Encinal’s Quarterback, Andrew Ve’e, went to work through the air making a connection with Jon Trodder for a 24 yard gain followed by a 41 yard touchdown by speedy Receiver Bo Banks.  After Moreau’s offense stalled again the Jets took over looking to extend their lead even further.  The Mariner defense seemed to finally wake up while being lead by Adam Sagapolu who came up with a big tackle for a loss on a 3rd down which forced an Encinal punt.  The punt was blocked and recovered by Sagapolu to give Moreau the ball as well as some much needed momentum.

The Mariner offense found the end zone on their first possession of the second quarter when Nicholas Kinast hit Chris Baca from 16 yards out for a score.  What seemed to be a promising moment quickly turned to disappointment for the Mariners as Nicholas Kinast stayed on the turf after completing the pass to Baca.  Kinast would not return to the game.  The Mariner defense stuffed the first and second down run plays from the Jets as Moreaus’s, Arthur Chitpedakorn, had a huge stop on the edge.  The Jets were forced to throw on a third and long which turned into their third score of the contest as Ve’e this time connected with Jon Trodder who took the pass and went 62 yards to the end zone putting the Jets up 21-7.  Each team’s defense held strong through the rest of the half with the Jets’ Austin Ve’e and Kaniela Kahuanui coming up with big tackles for losses and also DJ Fa’agata coming up large with a fumble recovery.  Moreau’s defense had some nice stops by Tim Kondo and Sean Godfrey and also some good pass defense by Francis Delfino and Matt Wong.

Early in the second half the Jets came out and established their dominance.  On defense, Jon Trodder came up with a third down sack of Chris Baca who took over as the Mariner’s Quarterback after losing Kinast.  The electrifying Bo Banks returned the Moreau punt 33 yards to the 19-yard line.  After an 18 yard gain on a Ve’e pass to Alex Amiri, Running Back Kaniela Kahuanui, steam rolled in from a yard out for the score.  Nahim Paschal made quick work of Moreau’s next possession as he intercepted a Baca pass on first down to regain possession.  The Jets rolled 73 yards in 7 plays, this time all on the ground, with some big gains by Corey Sails and capped off by another Bo Banks score on a run from 31 yards out making the score 34-7.  Moreau’s hard running Jordan Jabson chipped away yardage until the Mariner’s turned the ball over again when Encinal’s Rashaad Sinkfield picked off a pass at the 14-yard line to give his team the ball yet again.

The Jet’s ground game returned as the fourth quarter began.  Marching down the field on a 10-play drive was the only negative play with a tackle for a loss by Moreau’s Matt Wong.  Encinal finished the drive with another Andrew Ve’e touchdown pass this time on fourth down to Jon Trodder for the score.  After a Moreau punt, Trodder scored again from 55 yards out and on the ground to end the games scoring at 47-7.

Encinal’s speed proved to be too much for Moreau to handle.  The Jets look to take their BSAL title and momentum into the D-III playoffs.  The Mariners loss in the second quarter of Quarterback Nicholas Kinast seemed to put a halt to any threat they posed offensively.  Chris Baca stepped up and filled in, but unfortunately for them, the offense is just more effective when he is catching balls not throwing them.

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