Neumann coasts past Oasis 41-0
Celtics offense produces big in weather-shortened game
It was all St. John Neumann Friday night at Caloosa Football Field as the Celtics took care of Oasis 41-0 in a weather-shortened affair.
Before lightning was detected in the area and the skies opened up halfway into the third quarter, St. John Neumann (4-2) was in full control and had its foot on the gas as a running clock was in effect by the half.
Oasis (1-5) moved the ball well on its first two drives, but was unable to convert the momentum into points. Losing quarterback Parker Smith after their second possession due to a shoulder injury didn’t help the Sharks’ cause, as their defense had no answers for the Celtics’ running attack.
“We came out crisp and moving the ball offensively,” said Oasis head coach Jason Grain of his team’s play to start the contest. “We’ve got a young quarterback that was looking good, our line was blocking, we got into rhythm. Neumann is a good team. They executed their game plan. They made some good adjustments coming off of their bye week. They had a good plan.”
The Celtics never flinched on the offensive side of the ball, opening the scoring with an eight-play drive capped by quarterback Dawson Jones’ 5-yard run inside of the left pylon.
It looked as if Oasis had plans to answer on its first drive of the game, as the Sharks put together a long series that ended with a missed field goal after having a first down on Neumann’s 12-yard line.
The Celtics needed just four plays to post another score as Jones found tight end TJ Ninchritz for a 20-yard strike early in the second quarter.
It was on Oasis’ ensuing possession where they lost Smith, as he landed hard on his shoulder after releasing a pass under pressure that was unfortunately intercepted. Smith was 6-for-7 for 52 yards before the injury.
“He’s the underpinnings of our program,” Grain said of his freshman quarterback. “He looked really good. It was the best we’ve looked on offense. We’ve just got to get him healthy.”
Oasis junior Jaxon McArdle-Sykes stepped into the quarterback role following the injury and performed well, using his legs (60 rushing yards), attempting to get his team into a groove.
St. John Neumann found success on every one of its drives throughout the game, and Conner Savenas accounted for the third touchdown via a 5-yard run with authority halfway through the second quarter to put his team up 22-0.
The Celtics turned the Sharks over on downs on the following possession and Savenas, who ran for 166 yards on the night, took the first carry 61 yards to the house.
The Celtics then recovered the kickoff after the Savenas score, marching down the field in seven plays to extend their lead to 35-0 thanks to a 5-yard touchdown run from Nigel Katende.
St. John Neumann took its five-score lead into the break and added another for good measure after once again turning Oasis over on downs, as Jones (5-for-9, 72 yards, two touchdowns, 99 rushing yards) found Joseph Baier for a 15-yard score.
Immediately following the touchdown, as the teams were lining up for the extra point, the lightning siren sounded. After a short conversation, both sides agreed to put this one in the books.
Grain and the Sharks have already put their performance in the rearview and have their sights focused on next week’s affair with Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (Spring Hill, 0-4).
“We’ve got homecoming next week,” Grain said. “We’re going to come out and make sure that everyone’s healthy and be ready to go.”
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St. John Neumann 7 28 6 41
Oasis 0 0 0 – 0
SJN: Dawson Jones 5-yard run (Jones kick); 8:10
SJN: TJ Ninchritz 20-yard reception from Jones (Louis Marte reception); 10:59
SJN: Conner Savenas 5-yard run (Jones kick); 6:43
SJN: Savenas 61-yard run (Jones kick); 4:49
SJN:Nigel Katende 5-yard run (2-point fail): 1:44
SJN: Joseph Baier 15-yard reception from Jones (no attempt); 6:31