Since the highlights included multiple punts, Friday was not a good night for the Ste. Genevieve High School football team.
The Dragons suffered their first shutout since 2011, as visiting state-ranked Kennett posted a 33-0 victory in a meeting of Class 3 district foes.
The Indians (3-0) scored on their first three possessions and eventually built a 26-0 halftime cushion.
Ste. Genevieve coach Ken Weik said the coaches were hard on the players after the game, calling their attention to a lack of execution and a lackadaisical attitude.
“At some point in time, if you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, then you probably ought to get yelled at,” Weik said. “Our preparation wasn’t good. It was lackadaisical, and we kind of played that way. You drop balls, you don’t line up right, you don’t tackle. We play just like we practice, and that’s on my back.
“We’re going to get that right, and we’ll start getting a little more focus in practice and a little more down to what we’re supposed to be doing." ...
Ste. Genevieve had opened the night with a strong drive, taking the ball from its 29 to the Kennett 26. Senior quarterback Logan Gegg was 5-for-11 on the 13-play drive. He completed two passes to Payton Matthews for 21 yards, two passes to Logan Trollinger for 12 yards, and one to Bryce Trollinger for 6 yards.
But three incompletions and a sack ended the drive.
The Dragons were fairly quiet after that. Gegg hit Matthews on a 32-yard pass on Ste. Genevieve’s third possession but that drive stalled before crossing midfield,
Down 20-0, Ste. Genevieve’s fourth drive ended with Gegg’s 60-yard punt to Kennett’s 7-yard line. ...
Gegg had a 45-yard line drive punt in the third quarter and a 46-yard punt early in the fourth quarter — after Ste. Genevieve had driven as far as Kennett’s 36 — that pinned Kennett at its 1.
See complete story in the September 18 edition of the Herald.