GAME SIX: Hotze Field inside Granger Stadium
Beaumont Monsignor Kelly Catholic 22
Eagle Football 41
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Quarterback Peyton Matocha ‘19 threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others in a first-half blitzkrieg as the Eagles launched the district race during Alumni Weekend with an overwhelming win for a third consecutive victory that wasn’t nearly as close as the final might indicate.
After turning the ball over on their first offensive snap, Eagle Football buried Kelly with an avalanche of touchdowns on six consecutive series.
Matocha began the Surge Knight beatdown with a 35-yard payoff strike to receiver Josh Madden ‘19 streaking up the right seam, then capped a crisp seven-play 88-yard march with a read-option carry untouched to the end zone for 14-0.
St. Thomas recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and running back Ian Wheeler ‘19 carried on three straight plays for the final 25 yards and the touchdown for 21-0 roughly seven minutes into the game.
Kelly soon resembled a collapsed building. Just a hole surrounded by a bunch of bricks strewn all over the road.
Head Coach Rich McGuire
“It was just click, click, click and that’s what I’ve been expecting from our offense. Executed at a tempo which is what I want … a focus for us during the week. Our offensive front doesn’t have great depth but they continue to produce. No pressure on the quarterback. And defensively we’re getting better, getting healthy. Should have a couple of more guys back next week which is really important.”
ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD
The early Eagle success portended an offensive onslaught.
Matocha enjoyed impenetrable protection playing less than the first half and needed only 15 plays to post 20 points in the second period, beginning with a 42-yard romp to push the margin to 28-0.
Next, he orchestrated a flag-filled possession that saw two Blaine McDaniel ‘18 touchdowns erased by penalty. Matocha cooly dialed up Dyan Dixon ‘19 down the middle on third down for 32 yards to set up McDaniel who finally cashed in a score that stood to crush the count to 35-0.
Inside of three minutes remaining before the halftime, Matocha drilled a dart to receiver Parker Nelms ‘17 who spun away from defenders inside the 10-yard line and scooted free for a commanding 41-0 advantage.
Yet Matocha’s most impressive completion ignited the second scoring series. Hanging in the pocket seemingly for an entire election cycle before rolling to his right, he planted and lasered a throw to Madden behind the secondary good for 29 yards. Four plays later Matocha danced to the end zone and Kelly was digesting defeat the rest of the evening.
“That was probably Peyton’s best game of the season. Very few misses. A few drops. Really on target. Excellent reads. Great ability to keep plays alive. Can throw when his body isn’t in prime position and still put it on the money.”