St. Anne’s-Belfield’s offense has been solid already this year, but against Virginia Episcopal Saturday, the Saints’ eight-man squad unleashed 555 yards of total offense in a 69-36 shootout win over the Bishops.
STAB exploded for 22 points right out of the gate and led 37-8 at the end of the first quarter, scoring all 37 points in the final 7:39 of the frame. Amani Woods scored the opening touchdown, then Nic Reese had a pick six. Reese followed that with an 83-yard touchdown run to complete the 22-0 start. After VES got on the board, Nolan Bruton hit Elijah Johnson for a 19-yard touchdown. Then Woods struck again with eight seconds left in the quarter to push the lead to 37-8.
Virginia Episcopal cut into the lead with a strong second quarter and trailed just 37-22. But STAB got going again in the third quarter, with Reese kickstarting things with a 61-yard touchdown run, then Bruton found Reese for a 49-yard touchdown catch. Woods ripped off a 54-yard run to make it 61-30. STAB capped the scoring with a 36-yard toss from Reese to Bruton as both Saints continued to show off their versatility.
Woods averaged 10.6 yards per carry on 17 touches while piling up 170 yards. Nic Reese had 149 yards on just four carries including the two long touchdowns. Elijah Johnson had three catches for 49 yards. Bruton threw for 156 yards, going 8-for-14 with a pair of touchdowns while Reese went 2-for-2 for 46 yards and a score.
STAB held a significant advantage in turnovers, with a 6 to 1 ratio in that department. Nick Musi picked off two passes while Nic Reese and Mason Meulenberg.
Joe Ambrosi finished with 12 tackles, 11 of them solo while Gabe Decker had 8.5 tackles and a sack. Jago Gould had eight tackles and Musi added seven stops to ho with his two picks.
Virginia Episcopal also put together some huge numbers, taking the edge on STAB in total yardage 567-555 yards thanks to a sizable advantage in time of possession and running 104 plays. STAB was significantly more efficient, averaging 12.3 yards per play to the Bishops’ 5.5.
The Saints will look to keep things rolling next week on the road against Brunswick Academy.