Seton Catholic coach Dan Chase pointed at the McKenzie Stadium scoreboard, where the Cougars’ 36-0 loss Saturday night to Blanchet Catholic of Salem already had been erased.
He didn’t fault his team’s effort, but their execution of the game plan.
“We see enough of the wing-T that we should have been prepared for this,” Chase said. “I’m looking forward to the next week of practice so we can get better.”
Blanchet, a 3A state quarterfinalist in Oregon a year ago, rolled up 346 yards on the ground and 435 yards of total offense. Trent Gianella and Nick Orlandini ran for two touchdowns each for the Cavaliers
“The whole week, we were very flat,” said Seton quarterback Will Noce-Sheldon, whose team won its opener last Friday against King’s Way Christian. “We just didn’t bring the intensity we should have, and it showed on the field tonight.
“I’m not disappointed in the score, but how each one of us performed. The score was representative of that.”
Still, the Cougars showed flashes where it looked like they would hang with the Cavaliers.
After spotting Blanchet a 19-0 lead, Seton drove 71 yards in seven plays and looked like it would score just before halftime. An offensive pass interference penalty stalled the drive, and Daniel Scruggs’ 42-yard field goal try caromed off the crossbar.
The Crusaders answered with a quick strike of their own, needing only three plays to set up Jake Bartholomew’s 35-yard field goal as the first half ended.
Seton later had a 19-play, 80-yard drive in the second half that ended when Noce-Sheldon was stopped inches from the goal line on fourth down.
“They’re a state competitor in Oregon, and they run a similar defense to a couple teams in our league,” said Noce-Sheldon, who ran for a team-high 87 yards on 18 carries. “So it’s good for us to get used to that. They were good competition, and now we have a great feel for defenses we’ll see later on.”
BLANCHET CATHOLIC 36, SETON CATHOLIC 0
Blanchet 13 9 14 0—36
Seton 0 0 0 0—0
BC — Nick Orlandini 12 run (Jake Bartholomew kick)
BC — Trent Gianella 1 run (kick failed)
BC — Trevor Nash 51 run (kick failed)
BC — Bartholomew 35 FG
BC — Gianella 18 run (Bartholomew kick)
BC — Orlandini 17 run (Bartholomew kick)
RUSHING—BC, Gianella 16-117, Orlandini 13-120, Nash 2-56, Reilly Smith 4-30, Jared Myers 2-18, Charlie Taaffe 1-5. SC, Will Noce-Sheldon 18-87, Craig Boyle 14-27, Emil Chan 3-14, Dylan Cole 2-1, Jordan Torres 1-4, Tristan Ryan 1-0, team 2-(minus 16).
PASSING—BC, Nash 4-7-0-89, Jack Coen 0-1-0-0. SC, Noce-Sheldon 4-11-1-59.
RECEIVING—BC, Ben Bartch 2-49, Orlandini 1-21, Gianella 1-19. SC, Cole 2-14, Chan 1-29, Brandon Castleberry 1-16.