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Saints run away from Dons in second half

11/03/2017, 9:45pm PDT
By Steve Brand

Saints cornerback Tyson McWilliams (5) intercepts a pass intended for Dons receiver Josh Lewis and takes it back 93 yards for the touchdown.

A year ago, St. Augustine barely avoided a running clock in a Holy Bowl loss to eventual state champion Cathedral Catholic.

The Dons weren’t nearly as fortunate Friday night as the Saints won their fifth straight game by erupting for 28 unanswered points in the second half of a 45-6 victory at Cathedral Catholic.

St. Augustine (7-3, 4-0) clinched the Western League title.

It was too much De Andre Daniels in the first half and a smothering defense in the second that produced the 23rd Saints win in the 51-year series.

Daniels finished with 259 yards on 21 carries, scoring on runs of 63, 65 and 2 yards. before being ejected in the third quarter.

It was the fifth straight start for sophomore QB Angelo Peraza, who completed 8 of 12 for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“I’m definitely more used to the game now,” said Peraza. “I don’t have any pressure on me and we have good chemistry. We were coming off our best week of practice.”

Coach Richard Sanchez said the winning streak is a result of Peraza moving to quarterback, allowing Ryan Thomas to shift to tight end, where he is a dominant blocker.

“Our young guys just got better,” said the Saints’ coach.

St. Augustine finished with 401 total yards while Cathedral Catholic (4-6, 1-3) was held to just 142 yards of total offense.

Brand is a freelance writer.

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