St. Al nets second straight blowout victory

Published 4:01 am Saturday, September 22, 2018

In seven days, St. Aloysius went from the depths of a winless record to the amazing high of an impressive two-game winning streak.

Alvin Brown ran for 263 yards and two touchdowns, Phillip Upshaw threw a pair of TD passes, and the Flashes earned their second consecutive blowout win by beating Park Place Christian 35-6 on Friday.

After scoring a total of 45 points in its first four games, St. Al (2-4, 2-1 District 3-AAA) has outscored its last two opponents 83-12. The brief winning streak has revived hopes of earning a berth in the MAIS Class AAA playoffs that seemed dead a couple of weeks ago,

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“The kids are starting to come together. They’re learning their positions and spots and the scheme, and we’re getting some togetherness,” St. Al coach Michael Fields said. “This was very important for power points. We know we’re going to have to take care of our business. Hopefully, we can win out and not just get into the playoffs, but get in the top half and get a playoff game at home.”

St. Al’s winning streak and offensive surge has coincided with the return of two of its key playmakers. Brown sat out last week’s win over Porter’s Chapel with a hamstring injury, and Upshaw missed the two games before that with an ankle injury. With both of them on the field together, the results were obvious.

Brown started the scoring against Park Place with a 5-yard run, and then Upshaw threw his two TD passes to Trinye Brown and Ryan Theriot to put the Flashes ahead 21-0 at halftime.

The offensive game plan shifted to Alvin Brown in the second half. He amassed his 263 yards on 29 carries and added a 4-yard TD run in the third quarter.

“He was a beast,” Fields said. “He ran hard and toted the mail. It’s been a while since we had a kid that was that physical and playing like a man among boys. We could have easily let him go for 300.”

Upshaw finished 13-of-20 passing for 152 yards, with a 16-yard TD pass to Trinye Brown and a 23-yarder to Theriot. Theriot caught six passes for 77 yards, and Trinye Brown four for 64.

St. Al’s last touchdown came on a 22-yard interception return by Kieran Theriot. The interception was one of three takeaways by St. Al’s defense as it held Park Place to 116 total yards.

“We finally created some turnovers, and that helped us,” Fields said.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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