The sting of Week 1 is fading for St. Rita. The No. 15 Mustangs pulled away in the second half to beat Fenwick 38-15 Saturday night in a Catholic League crossover at Morton West, their second straight comfortable win after an opening defeat against Marist at Soldier Field.
“I think we’re getting over the Marist loss,” quarterback John Kelley said. “We’re moving on forward and we know we can compete with anybody in the state.”
St. Rita led just 10-7 at halftime, but opened a 24-7 lead in the third quarter on a pair of Kelley touchdown passes. He found Julian Crum for a 12-yard score and Tom McCormick for a 10-yard touchdown.
Tim Lombard’s 45-yard punt return for a touchdown with 11:35 left in the fourth period pushed St. Rita’s lead to 31-7.
Fenwick’s final score came when Jimmy Donahue caught an 18-yard pass from Gino Cavalieri to cut the deficit to 31-15.
Guerby Ministre ran five yards for the Mustangs’ final score.
The big second half didn’t come after any major tactical changes, according to St. Rita coach Todd Kuska.
“We didn’t execute very well in the first half at times,” Kuska said. “We shot ourselves in the foot. At halftime, I said, ‘We don’t have to adjust. We have to do a better job of holding onto the ball, a better job of executing.’”
“We just settled down and got the mental mistakes out,” said Kelley, who was 8-of-19 passing for 87 yards in the first half and 5-of-8 for 88 yards in the final two quarters to finish 13-of-27 for 175 yards with two touchdowns.
Junior Derrick Miles led the Mustangs’ ground game with 78 yards on 15 carries, his best game of the young season.
The Mustangs will be back in action this Friday for their home opener against archrival, Brother Rice High School. Game time is set to kickoff at 7:30pm at Doyle Stadium located on the St. Rita Campus.
Courtesy of Mike Clark, Season Pass