POCAHONTAS - Make it back-to-back shutouts for the St. Edmond football team.
Keeping their unbeaten season firmly intact, the Gaels (4-0 overall, 2-0 in Class 1A, District 2) blanked Pocahontas Area by a 35-0 final here on Friday night.
Senior fullback Vinnie Harvey rushed for a career-high 182 yards and four touchdowns for SEHS, while junior Michael Faiferlick contributed 104 yards and one score.
Harvey found paydirt from 1, 2, 4 and 37 yards out, respectively. Harvey has now accounted for 496 yards overall and reached the endzone 12 times on the year.
"This was a lot tougher game than what the final score would indicate, but (PAHS) Coach (Roger) Sommerlot always gets his guys to play hard," said SEHS head coach Dick Tighe, who earned career win No. 404 last night. "Vinnie had another big night for us, and he even broke loose on a couple long ones (Harvey also ripped off jaunts of 65 and 36 yards), which was nice to see.
"The other most encouraging thing was we didn't have any turnovers."
St. Edmond7 21 7 0- 35
Pocahontas Area0 0 0 0-0
St. Edmond - Vinnie Harvey (1-yard run), :51 left first. Hank Crimmins kick.
St. Edmond - Harvey (2-yard run), 8:39 left second. Crimmins kick.
St. Edmond - Michael Faiferlick (44-yard run), 7:00 left second. Crimmins kick.
St. Edmond - Harvey (4-yard run), :34 left second. Crimmins kick.
St. Edmond - Harvey (37-yard run), 9:49 left third. Crimmins kick.
Rushing - St. Edmond: Vinnie Harvey 19-182, Michael Faiferlick 9-104, T.J. O'Tool 9-39, Robert Flattery 1-(minus-4). Pocahontas Area: Draven Barth 20-111, Wyatt Rahn 8-32, Jacob Kopriva 7-14, Aaron Aljets 4-(minus-1).
Passing - St. Edmond: Matthew Bocken 1-4-0-11. Pocahontas Area: Aljets 2-8-1-11.
Receiving - St. Edmond: Landon Peed 1-11. Pocahontas Area: Ben Olson 1-8, Kopriva 1-3.
In the opening half, the Gaels scored on four of their five drives, while building a commanding 28-0 advantage. Due to the 35-point differential rule, the clock ran continuously for the last 21:49 of the game.
"We were able to take control of the game by running the ball," Tighe said. "(The Indians) had some chances, but they just shot themselves in the foot too many times with fumbles and penalties."
Pocahontas Area, which committed four turnovers, failed to capitalize on a pair of golden scoring opportunities. On their first possession of the contest, the Indians missed a 27-yard field goal after marching 70 yards in 11 plays. A fumble at the Gael 9-yard line immediately following a costly false start penalty also came back to haunt the home team.
Harvey (7 tackles), Jimmy Averill (sack), Matthew Bocken (interception and fumble recovery), Chad Remsburg (fumble recovery) and Nick Hindt (fumble recovery) anchored St. Edmond's defensive unit, which held Pocahontas Area to just 167 yards of total offense. On the season, the Gaels have now outscored their opponents by a lopsided combined margin of 117-29.
Faiferlick's touchdown was a 44-yard scamper midway through the second period. Hank Crimmins went a perfect 5-for-5 on PAT tries as well.
Draven Barth, a senior, supplied a bright spot for the Indians (0-4, 0-2), netting 111 yards on 20 carries. Classmate Wyatt Rahn added 32 yards on eight attempts.
"No. 21 (Barth) gave us some problems, but he's a heck of a back," said Tighe. "(The Indians) came out in that Wing-T (offensive formation) to start the game, and we hadn't even practiced against it. Once they decided to go back to the Power I, we found a way to slow them down."
Linebacker Matt Lenz also managed a sack for Pocahontas Area, which was once again without the services of sophomore standout Tyler Case (elbow injury).
"We're on a roll and right where we want to be at this point in the season," Tighe said. "Our guys continue to gain momentum each week."
Next action for the Gaels is Friday when they welcome Ridge View (4-0, 2-0) for Homecoming. The Raptors downed Sioux Central last night, 43-20. Pocahontas Area visits Maple Valley-Anton-Oto (2-2, 0-1) in Week 5.