Of course, let's give credit where credit is due. St. Joe's offense, particularly their backs and line, played perfect. The line opened up huge holes that led backs Olamide Zaccheaus and D'Andre Swift to tear the Explorer defense apart. Senior Zaccheaus ran for 146 yards on 12 carries for three touchdowns while sophomore Swift ran for 56 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. Senior James Bell came in late to do clean up duties and ran for 97 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Senior QB Jack Clements threw for 56 yards on 4-of-6 passing and a touchdown. There wasn't much need to throw the ball when your run game is working so well.
Overall, St. Joe's played a spectacular game and you can't discredit them in this situation. They showed up big time. They will move on to the city championship to face the winner of Gratz and Franklin. Good luck to the Hawks in the rest of the playoffs and let's hope they keep the state championship in the PCL. As for the Explorers, basketball season is right around the corner!
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