St. Al looks to finish year strong

Published 11:15 am Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BOGUE CHITTO — St. Aloysius goes into the final week of its season with a chance to eclipse last year’s total of two wins and showcase more players who could have a prominent role in 2013. The Flashes (2-8, 2-6 Region 4-1A) host Mount Olive Friday at Balzli Field.

The good news from last Friday’s 42-14 loss to Bogue Chitto, Class 1A’s top-ranked team, was the production from freshman quarterback Will Pierce, junior running back Douglas Busari, junior tight end Max Loving, and sophomore Casey Landers.

Pierce directed both of St. Al’s scoring drives against the Bobcats. The first one was set up by a 44-yard kickoff return by DeMichael Harris and was keyed by a 17-yard run by junior Barrett Teller. The Flashes (2-8, 2-6 Region 4-1A) finished the drive with Elliott Bexley’s 3-yard touchdown run.

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The second drive featured Pierce’s arm. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 66 yards. Loving caught two passes for 46 yards off a pair of well-executed clearing routes. Landers, Connor Smith and Forrest Logue also caught passes in the drive. The passing game opened running lanes for Busari, who scored on a 7-yard run.

On four touches, Busari picked up 35 yards to finish right behind Bexley’s 50 yards on 12 carries.

“I’ve just waited on my time and wanted to show what I could do,” Busari said.

Bexley said the young players, who include three linemen — sophomores Jacob Kitchens and Drake Dorbeck, and freshman tackle Josh Price — give the Flashes plenty of hope next season.

“We’ve got good young guys all over the place,” Bexley said. “Our D-line is getting better with each game. Our two outside linebackers, Casey Landers and Max Loving, are going to be good and can lead the team next year.”