Flashes bitten by Bogue Chitto

Published 12:41 am Saturday, October 29, 2011

St. Aloysius had its best offensive game since its last win, but two fourth-quarter turnovers stopped the Flashes’ rally against Bogue Chitto.

The visiting Bobcats got two touchdown passes and two runs from Brock Roberts to pace a 39-21 win Friday night at Balzli Field. Bogue Chitto improved to 6-2 in Region 4-1A play to stay in third place and is now 8-2 overall. St. Al (1-9, 1-7) ends its season next week at Mount Olive.

The loss spoiled an excellent game from Flashes senior Carlton Campbell in his final game at home. Campbell rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 67 yards. Still, it wasn’t enough.

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“We finally got out there and tried to play,” Campbell said. “We ran more of a two tight-end set and that gave us more blocking up front. We passed the ball a little more and Carlisle (Koestler) did great. The one interception there late wasn’t his fault.”

The pick, though, did end St. Al’s hopes of a victory for Campbell and his three fellow seniors, Scott Johnston, Robert Arledge and Zane Russell.

Trailing 33-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Flashes defense finally stopped the Bobcat offense, which had scored on five straight possessions. A 23-yard punt gave St. Al the ball at it own 48 with 8:55 to play.

Koestler, who threw for a season high 144 yards on 11-of-18 passing, hit two first down passes to the Bogue Chitto 21. On second down, he tried to hit an out route but the pass was picked off by Dennis Rodgers at the 10-yard line and returned 32 yards.

Bogue Chitto got a 38-yard run by Brandon Wells to set up Roberts’ second TD pass of the night, a 9-yard toss to Germie Martin to ice the game at 39-21 with 4:40 left.

St. Al moved 61 yards on its final drive, but Campbell was stripped of the ball at the Bogue Chitto 1 to prevent a closing score. St. Al opened the game with an impressive 64-yard drive in nine plays. Koestler hit Zane Russell for 22-yard TD pass. It was Russell’s first score of the season.