St. John Neumann played at home against St. Petersburg Catholic Friday night, and the Barons played defense looking like they’d come too far to lose.
Led by the rushing of Bailey Brooks and Noah Simpson, the Barons recorded a 23-7 victory over St. John Neumann in Naples while shutting down the Celtic offense for much of the game.
Brooks led the Barons with 110 yards rushing. Simpson also had 59 yards.
St. Pete Catholic won its first game in nearly two years.
“I was impressed with our effort here tonight,” said St. Pete Catholic coach Shannon Brooks. “We wanted to come in and play hard, and I think we were definitely the more physical team out here. We are young and make some mistakes, so we don’t always play the smartest, but we always play hard.”
The Baron (1-1) defense forced three fumbles from the Celtics (0-1) and had one interception.
“We were physical up front, and we flew to the football really well,” Brooks said. “I can’t commend our kids more for how hard they’ve worked and played. We needed to win one”
Sean Henell led the Celtics with 40 yards rushing. But St. John Neumann was shut out for almost 41 minutes.
“Our defense played their butts off, but we didn’t do well offensively,” said St. John Neumann coach Simon Codrington. “We’ve improved a lot the last few weeks, but we still have more to work on.”
Five minutes into the game, Simpson pinned Neumann deep on a punt, which set up the Celtics inside their own 5-yard line. Two plays later, Brooks sacked Julien Tirado in the end zone for a safety, and the Barons led 2-0 midway through the first.
The Barons completed a 61-yard drive with the game’s first touchdown early in the second. Seve Saganowich lofted a 30-yard heave to Shae Donnelly to make it 9-0 with just 45 seconds gone in the second.
St. Pete Catholic scored again on a 1-yard scramble from Saganowich to make it 16-0 shortly before halftime.
The Celtics gained only 56 yards in the first half.
St. John Neumann got its only touchdown of the game with 5:39 left when Richard Reisinger hit Paul Costain with a 10-yard touchdown pass.
St. Petersburg Catholic 2 | 1 4 | 7 | 0 | FINAL 23
St. John Neumann 0 | 0 | 0 | 7 | FINAL 7
SPC: Safety, Bailey Brooks sacked Julien Tirado in the end zone
SPC: Shae Donnelly 30 pass from Seve Saganowich (Jonathan Mlynarczyk kick)
SPC: Saganowich 1 run (Mlynarczyk kick)
SPC: Noah Simpson 6 run (Mlynarcazyk kick)
SJN: Paul Costain 10 pass from Richard Reisinger (Cesar Lora kick)