In front of a Cougar homecoming crowd sprinkled with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. Thomas More overwhelmed Beau Chene High School with a school record-breaking 70-0 victory, fueled by an offensive explosion of the Cougars’ arsenal of playmakers Friday night.
Just two weeks removed from its only loss of the season against Catholic High School, St. Thomas More (5-1) has found its offensive rhythm, combining for 122 points in their last two games.
“Last week, we really found what of our offense was capable of,” said senior quarterback William Bellamy. “That was our turning point of the season. Tonight, we came out with the same confidence…We came out and did what we were taught to do, and the result was a bad one.”
The Cougars came out firing and recorded 239 total yards and 56 points in the first two quarters. Bellamy led the charge with an efficient performance featuring six completions on eight attempts for 90 yards and three touchdowns.
Bellamy utilized the depth of the Cougars’ receiving corps to its fullest advantage with each touchdown pass to a different receiver, including a four-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Nick Morton in the first quarter.
“My wideouts did a great job,” Bellamy said. “My offensive line gave me a lot of time. When they do those things, it makes it real easy for me.”
Even after Bellamy and the rest of St. Thomas More’s starters took their seats on the bench, the Cougars continued to roll as their youth showcased their talents and never let up.
Although the tenacity showed overall by the younger players impressed Bellamy, one wideout in particular stood out – junior wide receiver Ben Moody, who notched the Cougars’ last touchdown with a 41-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
“We call him ‘Silent, but Moody,’” Bellamy said. “He has no emotions, but he went in there. We actually broke our school record by scoring 70 points tonight, and he did the job for us. It was really exciting.”
While the offense lit up the scoreboard, St. Thomas More’s defense shut down Beau Chene’s offense, allowing the Gators only 39 yards on 35 plays.
Throughout the night, the Cougars’ defense put their offense in short field situations with four fumble recoveries, including senior defensive end Aaron Monrose’s fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter.
“They were very opportunistic,” said St. Thomas More coach Jim Hightower. “We maybe stripped the ball a couple of times to create some turnovers.”