Well-rounded Caxys roll past St. Joseph
Updated: September 5, 2012 10:18AM
LAKE FOREST — Robin Bowkett wanted to see a well-rounded effort from the Lake Forest Academy football team Saturday afternoon.
The Caxys responded, scoring on offense, defense and special teams to cruise past St. Joseph 34-12 and give first-year coach Bowkett his first-ever program victory.
“It feels great,” said Bowkett, whose Lake Forest Academy career began with a loss to Antioch in Week 1. “I feel a little bit better. I told them during the week that we needed to win all three phases of the game, and I think we did that.”
LFA led from the opening quarter, when junior quarterback Christopher John Karamanos hit senior Mathieu Albert Gagnon for a 55-yard touchdown pass to give the Caxys a 7-6 lead.
St. Joseph (0-2) stuck around for most of the first half, even pulling within a point at 13-12 with 2:35 to play before the break.
That’s when Lake Forest Academy (1-1) took over.
Senior Joel Dolay returned the ensuing kickoff to the 13-yard-line, and junior running back Mbasa Unathi Mayikanu slipped into the end zone to push the Caxys’ advantage to 20-12. Just 30 seconds later, Gagnon picked off a pass by St. Joseph quarterback Casey Scalise and returned it for his second score of the day.
“We’re a young team right now,” St. Joseph coach Anthony Griffin said. “We’re trying to learn how to win. I put that on our youth.”
The Chargers turned the ball over three times in the first half and twice more after the intermission. The Caxys put the game away for good late in the third quarter, when senior defensive back Alec Swanson returned a punt 60 yards up the left sideline for the game’s final points.
“Our goal was to have three turnovers and one score on defense,” senior Felix Schildorfer said. “Luckily, we reached that in the first half.”