St. Mary's put the run back into its run-and-shoot offense and took advantage of mistakes by visiting Southwestern to come away with a 31-0 victory at Anne Arundel Community College last night.
Steve Schummer had six carries for 33 yards and a touchdown and Mark Zeller four carries for 20 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Saints.
"We tried to establish the run early and control the line of scrimmage," said St. Mary's coach Brad Best. "We came off the ball well and I was very pleased about that."
St. Mary's got all the points it would need on the game's second play. Southern quarterback Terrance Wheeler was intercepted by Matt Clune, who returned the ball 15 yards for a touchdown.
Things would not get any better for Southwestern the rest of the night. The Sabers did not cross the 50 until late in the first half, and their deepest penetration of the night was to the Saints 36.
St. Mary's finished with only 171 yards of total offense, but did not have any problems putting points on the board. After a botched punt gave the Saints the ball on the Sabers 14, it took Schummer just one play to make the score 14-0.
St. Mary's was the beneficiary of good field position almost the entire night. Zeller scored his first touchdown in the second quarter on a 6-yard run. The touchdown capped a five-play drive that started on the Sabers 38 and gave the Saints a 21-0 lead at halftime.
St. Mary's would score twice in the third quarter. Kicker Mark Kiefer started things with a 37-yard field goal. Following a Sabers fumble on their own 7, Zeller struck again, carrying twice to score his second touchdown on a 1-yard plunge. Keifer made all four of his conversion attempts.
Best emptied the bench for the fourth quarter, but Southwestern couldn't do anything against the second-team defense, either. Saints linebackers Zeller and Joe Keenan seemed to be on some kind of stunt or blitz on every play, causing havoc for the Sabers' offensive line.
"Even though we beat Douglass last week, defensively we weren't happy because we didn't have any sacks," said Best. "We did some different things and were able to get into the backfield this week. That's eight points in three games our defense has given up."