Great Kick-Off for SLS Football

Charlie Nelson ’13 completes the pass to Myles Gaines ’13

It was a classic autumn day as the St. Luke’s Storm marched onto the field. The leaves rustled in the wind, students crammed into the bleachers dressed in Storm sweatshirts, and the smell of football was in the air. This Saturday had a Homecoming-like feel. The Girls Varsity Soccer team began the festivities with a hard fought 0-0 tie in their match against perennial powerhouse Greenwich Academy, while the Boys Varsity Soccer team showed their strength with a win over the Hoosac School. The stage was now set for the Storm football team to show their athletic prowess and to conclude what had already been a great day for St. Luke’s sports.

Last Saturday was the Noel Thomas Show. The senior star running back successfully ran for 191 yards on 14 carries. He added three touchdowns to the list en-route to an impressive 22-7 win over Berkshire. The win was the first home game for the Storm and it was the second consecutive win in as many games. In addition to Noel’s majestic 13.64 yards per carry, Myles Gaines ’13 rushed for 114 yards on 19 carries. Gaines dominated on both sides of the ball, as he shut the door on most of Berkshire’s pass attempts. Senior quarterback Charlie Nelson also played a major role in the Storm victory, completing 11 out of 16 passes for 115 yards and rushing for 18 yards. His main receiving targets were senior Blake Stroman and Noel Thomas.

It was the season opener for the Berkshire Bears, who were down 6-0 going into halftime. The Bears were able to score a touchdown in the third quarter but the offense was later silenced by exceptional Storm defense led by seniors Andrew Sudano, Blake Stroman, Sam Drews, and junior Peter Baritz. Myles Gaines and junior Bryan Latorraca were responsible for shutting down all the deep passes thrown by Berkshire.

The biggest play of the game came in the fourth quarter with eight minutes to play. St. Luke’s was able to convert a 4th and 6 for a touchdown with a play-action pass, and the two-point conversion made it 14-7 St. Luke’s. The Storm wouldn’t look back, as they capped off the game with another touchdown followed by a Blake Stroman interception to seal the deal. After the game Peter Baritz had this to say: “[This game] will raise our confidence tremendously. Our team feeds off energy and we just need to start to believe more in one another. We know our coaching staff will fill us in on next week’s opponent and we’ll just prepare for another good week.”

The season looks bright so far after two consecutive wins. Their next test will be this Saturday at Hopkins for a 1 o’clock matinee. The Storm will try to make it three in a row and hopefully feed off of last weekend’s admirable victory.

— Ben Decatur, Sports Editor

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