St. Vincent High's Mustangs bounced back from their first North Central League II/Bay Football League loss to dominate St. Elizabeth, 56-12, Friday night in a game played in Oakland.
The win improved the Mustangs to 4-2 overall and left them at 2-1 in league play.
The Mustangs dominated from start to finish, building a 21-0 first-quarter lead and breaking for halftime in front, 35-6. The second half was played with a running clock. St. Vincent has scored 50 or more points in two of its last three games.
St. Vincent scored in its first four first-half possessions and in five of its seven possessions over that period.
Mustang quarterback Mitch Sheppard, playing only in the first half, completed 13 of 22 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He has now thrown for at least one touchdown in each of his 16 career starts.
Michael Carroll, an outstanding wide receiver for the Mustangs, played quarterback in the second half. By then, St. Vincent coach Gary Galloway had called off the passing attack, although Carroll did complete a 15-yarder in his only attempt of the afternoon.
The senior did, however, get to run with the football and ended as the team's leading rusher with 71 yards on just four attempts.
Derek Murphy carried eight times for 35 yards and caught three passes for 70 yards. Those eight touches produced five St. Vincent touchdowns.
Arman Yektaparast caught a career high eight passes for 101 yards.
In order: the St. Vincent touchdowns came on a 5-yard run by Murphy, a 5-yard run by Murphy, a 4-yard run by Murphy, a 7-yard Sheppard to Zach Smith pass, a 13-yard run by Murphy, a 19-yard pass interception return by Carroll and a 6-yard run by Carroll.
Defensively, the Mustangs frustrated St. Elizabeth with five pass interceptions, two by Smith and one each by Patrick Garcia, Chris Faulknor and Carroll.
St. Elizabeth scored in the second quarter on a 13-yard pass from Aaron Nicholson to Frank Stephens and again late in the game when the speedy Stephens returned the last St. Vincent kickoff of the game 85 yards for a touchdown.