When St. Augustine quarterback Joe Joe Hudson began Friday night’s game at Scripps Ranch by overthrowing open receivers on three straight attempts, coach Richard Sanchez pulled his starter aside to have a word with him.
“Joe Joe’s a guy that wants to air the ball out. So I threatened him that we’re never going to throw the ball again if he can’t hit a wide open receiver,” joked Sanchez.
Hudson’s next attempt was a 25-yard completion that finally sparked the offense and led No. 7 St. Augustine to a 45-10 win over Scripps Ranch that clinched at least a share of the Eastern League title.
“When I hit that 25-yarder, I looked right at my coach to make sure he was looking,” Hudson said.
True to his word, Sanchez let Hudson air the ball out after finally completing a pass, and Hudson responded by completing 9 of 16 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a 15-yard run.
The game started as a defensive battle, with St. Augustine (7-2, 3-0) scoring the only points of the first quarter when Thomas Goodridge returned an interception 30 yards for a score.
But four more turnovers in the half doomed Scripps Ranch (6-3, 1-2) and allowed the Saints to score 31 points in the second quarter, including a 55-yard hook-and-lateral with no time remaining on the clock.