St. Augustine is hard enough to beat without being generous.
Mira Mesa allowed a 58-yard punt return for a score, had a punt blocked to set up a 2-yard TD and had an interception that led to a third touchdown, allowing the Saints to roll past the host Marauders 56-17 on Friday in Eastern League action.
It was a convincing win for St. Augustine heading into the annual Catholic school showdown next week at Cathedral Catholic.
Leading the way, as usual, was sophomore running back Elijah Preston, who rushed 14 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns. This time he had lots of help.
Fellow 10th-grader Jordan Brooks gobbled in a punt late in the first quarter and dashed 58 yards behind a wall of blockers to give the Saints a 14-0 lead, after which they were never seriously threatened.
“I was nervous when I caught the ball because there were three (Mira Mesa) guys in front of me,” said the speedy Brooks. “I cut right when I caught the ball and that allowed me to break away.”
It was his first varsity touchdown.
Francois Sims II scored on a 2-yard run after a blocked punt and Preston went 5 yards following Mitch Cohen’s interception to highlight a 21-point third quarter.
The unranked Saints (5-2, 1-0) topped the Marauders (4-3, 1-1) for the fourth straight year.