ST. MARYS, W.Va. - For the final time the St. Marys opened their home football season at Imlay Field and the Blue Devils did so in grand fashion as they punished the Ritchie County Rebels 47-0 Friday night in front a huge crowd at the legendary field.
Jeremy Pratt rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns and a tenacious St. Mary's defense limited the Rebels to just 63 yards of total offense as the Devils increased their regular season winning streak to 19 games.
Quarterback Wesley Parsons scampered 29 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter to open the scoring and Pratt found the end zone twice in the second quarter to increase the lead to 21-0.
MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
St. Marys quarterback Wesley Parsons (7) gets ready to take a center snap against Ritchie County at Imlay Field Friday night. The Blue Devils won 47-0.
While the SM offense was kicking things into the high gear, the defense was maybe even more impressive as they allowed Ritchie County just one first down in the first half.
The Blue Devils made it a four-touchdown lead heading to intermission when Corey Stewart plunged in from a yard out with just 30 ticks remaining on the clock.
"We're very proud of our kids and felt like we played pretty sound in all three phases of the game," said St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote, in his 13th year as head coach. "We had some kids step up who we may have had some questions about and we felt like they answered them tonight."
ST. MARYS 47 RITCHIE COUNTY 0
Ritchie County (0-1) 0 0 0 0 - 0
St. Marys (1-0) 7 21 13 6 - 47
SM: Wesley Parsons 29 yd run (Parsons kick) 3:06
SM: Jeremy Pratt 16 yd. run (Parsons kick) 11:54
SM: Pratt 4 yd run (Parsons kick) 7:29
SM: Corey Stewart 1 yd. run (Parsons kick) :30
SM: Pratt 1 yd run (kick no good) 8:35
SM: Bret Fetty 61 yd. run (Parsons kick) 5:25
SM: Ryan Miller 6 yd. run (kick no good) 10:29
Ritchie County: First downs: 2, Rushes/yds: 25-29, Passing yards: 34, Total yards: 63, Penalties/yards: 6-46, Punts/Avg.: 6-36.0, Fumbles/lost: 2/1
St. Marys: First downs: 16, Rushes/yds: 47-313, Passing yards: 114, Total yards: 427, Penalties/yds: 13-100, Punts/avg: 2-28.5, Fumbles-lost: 0-0.
Ritchie County: Passing: Cory Farley 4-16, 34 yds. (INT), Rushing: Tyler Reed 10-17, Zackary Utter 4-13. Receiving: Reed: 2-18, Jason Allender 1-9.
St. Marys: Passing: Parsons 5-8, 102yds, Will Billeter 1-2, 12 yds. Rushing: Pratt 15-90 (3TD), Fetty 3-89 (TD), Stewart 11-48 (TD), Dylan Gray 8-35, Parsons 1-29 (TD), Miller 5-23 (TD), Jared Bills 1-4, Jon Nichols 2-1. Receiving: Addison O'Brien 2-60, Jason Allen 1-26, Stewart 2-16, Gray 1-12.
Next Game: Wirt County at St.Marys.
The Devils went right back to work to open the second half as they drove 60 yards in eight plays with Pratt capping the drive by going in from a yard out for his third touchdown of the game.
"Jeremy (Pratt) is a kid that had to share the totes last year with a couple of good running backs that we had," said Mote of his senior running back who carried the ball 15 times in the game. "This is his senior year and it's a great way for him to get started."
Junior wide receiver Bret Fetty came up with the play of the game on the next Devil offensive possession when he took a reverse play 61-yards to pay dirt, making numerous Rebel defenders miss along the way.
St. Marys rushed for 313 yards in the game, with five different players scoring at least once.
The lone negative in the game for St. Marys was the huge amount of penalties they were whistled for.
In fact the Devils actually gave up more yards on penalties (100) than they allowed the Rebels (63).
The two teams combined to be flagged some 19 times for 146 yards.
Ryan Miller rounded out the scoring for SM with a 6-yard touchdown run in the final period.
The Devils will move into their new home next season at the brand new St. Marys high school, leaving them with just four games left to play at the field they have called home for the past 101 years.
"Its pretty sentimental for me both playing here and coaching here," said Mote. "We are looking forward to the new place for sure but there is going to be a lot of emotion here this year."
The Devils will look to make it 20 regular season wins in a row next week when they host Wirt County.