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No. 1 St. Joe starts fast, tops St. Mary's


Anne Arundel Community College's Seigert Field became the latest backdrop for the Mount St. Joseph Air Show.

Yesterday's audience -- host St. Mary's -- found itself reeling from two quick-strike touchdown passes in the game's first eight minutes. From there, No. 1 Mount St. Joseph cruised to a 26-12 victory.

Junior quarterback Lucas Phillips and senior wide receiver Dan Rosewag (five catches, 107 yards) did the early damage for the )) Gaels (4-0, 1-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association), connecting on scoring passes of 53 and 27 yards for a 13-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

"I think those first two scores put our guys to sleep," said Mount St. Joseph coach Mike Working. "Sometimes when you score that easily, it makes the players get complacent. [St. Mary's coach] Brad [Best] did a great job of keeping his players in the game."

The Saints (2-2, 0-1) cut the lead to 13-6 midway through the second quarter with a five-play, 38-yard drive. Sophomore tailback Jamison Mullen scored on a 1-yard run.

The Saints' Zack Burke recovered a fumble deep in Gael territory the ensuing kickoff, but defensive back Archie Wannamaker's interception and 61-yard return set up his 12-yard touchdown run just before halftime.

"Offensively, I think we did well," said Lucas Phillips, whose brother Loran caught two passes for 50 yards. Lucas finished the contest with 222 yards passing, completing 10 of 18 attempts for three touchdowns and one interception.

Matt O'Donald (three catches, 74 yards) capped the Gaels' scoring with a 53-yard touchdown pass with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter.

Mullen scored St. Mary's final touchdown early in the final period on a 4-yard run.

D8 Mullen paced the Saints with 57 yards on 13 carries.

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