Bishop McLaughlin falls 34-0 in first home game to undefeated Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic.
SHADY HILLS - Santa Fe Catholic tailback Steve Horvath rushed for 118 yards on 14 carries, including a 12-yard touchdown run, as the Crimson Hawks rolled to a 34-0 Class B, District 6 victory over Bishop McLaughlin in the Hurricanes inaugural home game Saturday.
In addition to the 12-yard scamper, Horvath had a 14-yard touchdown called back because of a holding penalty.
Quarterback Brian Studiale added touchdown runs of 2 and 3 yards as the Lakeland school improved to 4-0.
"I give a lot of credit to Bishop McLaughlin," Hawks coach Mike Jones said. "They hung in there. We tried to run some razzle-dazzle plays to fluster them, but that's not us. We are a 3 yards and a cloud of dust football team. Running the football is what we do best."
After a three and out by the Hurricanes (0-2) to start the game, Santa Fe took over at its 40. An eight-play, 60-yard drive ensued, capped off when fullback Ryan Faiola bulled in from 3 yards out. Faiola finished with 41 yards on six carries.
Bishop McLaughlin received an encouraging performance from quarterback Coleman Hengesbach. The junior, heavily pressured all day, completed 10-of-18 for 46 yards. But he threw interceptions on the Hurricanes' final two first-half possessions, one of which led to Studiale's first touchdown run.
"I was happy with the way Coleman played," coach Jim Ceccarelli said. "I was happy with the way he threw the ball."
Chris Redfield, who rushed for 93 yards and scored the Hurricanes' only touchdown two weeks ago with a 72-yard punt return, never was a factor. Carrying the ball primarily on end-around and cross-trap attempts, he finished with minus-7 yards on five carries.
Hengesbach led Bishop McLaughlin with 10 yards on four carries.
"Our line play has got to get much better, much quicker," Ceccarelli said. "There's not a whole lot you can do offensively when your line is getting pushed into the backfield."