St. Luke’s football can’t get going in 46-0 loss to Capital Prep Harbor
NEW CANAAN — It’s not often that a coach gets a Gatorade bath from his team in just the second week of the season.
But that was the case Saturday as Capital Prep Harbor blanked St. Luke’s 46-0 to give first-year coach Khamarr Smith career win No. 1.
“I’m not a fan of getting Gatorade poured on me,” Smith laughed. “But, it felt really good to get this win.”
After a slow start to the contest, quarterback Andre Woodson broke the ice for Capital Prep with a 3-yard score.
On the ensuing possession Navaughn Austin intercepted a pass and returned it to the St. Luke’s 21. Woodson picked up a bad snap on fourth and 6 and hit Deion Foreman at the Storm 5, where Morgan Cleveland would finish the job.
The next four minutes more resembled an Abbott and Costello skit than a high school football game.
Capital Prep’s Dayvon Nance recovered a St. Luke’s fumble at the Storm 43, but the Sharks gave it right back as Ben Joseph recovered a fumble for St. Luke’s just 47 seconds later. Again the ball ended up on the ground a minute later, this time with Prep’s Canon Aarons giving his team possession.
Prep would fumble on the next play, but fell on it to avoid four consecutive turnovers and the drive ended with Woodson finding Austin from 3 yards out.
“We just had to go out here and play hard for our coaches,” Woodson said. “They set a great game plan for us and we just executed.”
Once the Sharks defense smelled the blood in the water, the rout was on.
Mike-lee Joseph returned an interception 50 yards to give Prep a 30-0 halftime lead, then Austin had a 65-yard pick-six of his own late in the third.
The special teams got in on the scoring for the Sharks in the fourth quarter when Foreman returned a punt 55 yards for the final score.
Fittingly, the Storm’s offensive day ended with Prep recovering a fumble.
“We have a philosophy that we don’t take any segments off,” Smith said. “A lot of people consider special teams auxiliary, but we aim to score on special teams, we aim to score on defense and the offense is going to do what it has to do. It’s a point of emphasis for us to score on all three phases.”
Shaka Moales had an interception for the Storm on the first drive of the game, but little else went right for St. Luke’s in its opener. The Storm turned offense turned the ball over six times and didn’t complete a pass on the day.
“Frustrating, not the way I wanted to start,” Storm coach Noel Thomas said. “Ball security is number one. We’re going to go back to the drawing board. You can’t win ball games when you turn the ball over that many times. The circumstances are what they are, no excuses.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Andre Woodson, Capital Prep Harbor. Woodson was electric for the Sharks Saturday, scoring a rushing touchdown and throwing for another while also converting two 2-point conversions.
“I was just following my progressions in my plays and making plays,” Woodson said. “All I do is make plays.”
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Not only was Saturday’s victory the first for coach Khamarr Smith, but it was the first NEPSAC win for Capital Prep Harbor.
“It was my first win as a head coach and was our first win in the NEPSAC and we’ve been playing in the NEPSAC for three years now,” Smith said. “So, it was a lot to celebrate in the moment.”
It’s hard to find any positives in a 46-point loss, but while playing out the string in the fourth quarter St. Luke’s found one in freshman Austin Andersen. The running back chewed up yards late in the game for the Storm and looked like a viable option going forward.
“He’s an animal, he’s going to be just fine,” Thomas said. “But we as a group have to do way better.”
CAPITAL PREP HARBOR 46, ST. LUKE’S 0
CAPITAL PREP HARBOR8 22 8 8—46
ST. LUKE’S0 0 0 0—0
Records: Capital Prep Harbor 1-1; St. Luke’s 0-1.
CPH—Andre Woodson 3 yard run (Mike-lee Joseph pass from Woodson)
CPH—Morgan Cleveland 5 run (Deion Foreman pass Woodson)
CPH—Navaughn Austin 3 pass Woodson (Mekhi Hamilton run)
CPH—Mike-lee Joseph 50 interception return (2-pt conversion failed)
CPH—Austin 65 interception return (Cleveland run)
CPH—Foreman 55 punt return (Hamilton run)