St. Mary's High quarterback Kevin Flemer threw for 376 yards and five touchdowns and the host Panthers held on for a 35-28 win over Valley Christian-Dublin on Saturday in a Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division game.
All five touchdowns came in the first half as St. Mary's built a 35-21 lead.
"Their defense was set to guard our big playmaker, which is Caleb Coleman," Flemer said. "They put the safety over the top. So I was working one-on-one with all of the other receivers and trying to see what they could do. It worked out for us."
Lorenzo Logwood caught four passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Liam Godfrey also caught four balls for 115 yards and a touchdown. Coleman caught four passes for 37 yards and no scores.
The Vikings (4-2, 0-2 TCAL Rock) were able to contain the Panthers (3-3, 1-1) in the second half.
Valley Christian piled up 292 yards on the ground and after Howard Wikle scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, the score was 35-28. The Vikings got the ball back with 3:07 remaining at the St. Mary's 41 after the Panthers failed on a fourth down.
A 24-yard run by A.J. Harris gave the Vikings a first down at the 18. St. Mary's defense held and when Vince Volpatti's pass to Demaurier Blackwell fell incomplete in the end zone, the game was sealed.
Wikle finished with 121 yards and the touchdown. Harris rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
"Our O-line -- we've got to give it up to them," Harris said. "They're the best blockers and we just ran behind them. We've just got to play better in the first half. We've been a second half team but we just have to do better in the first half and we'll be good."
St. Mary's 35, Valley Christian 28
Valley Christian 7 14 0 7-- 28
St. Mary's 14 21 0 0-- 35
SM -- Godfrey 26 pass from Flemer (Richards kick)
SM -- Mahone-Chambers 28 pass from Flemer (Richards kick)
VC -- Volpatti 6 run (Marco kick)
SM -- Logwood 28 pass from Flemer (run failed)
VC -- Harris 12 run (kick failed)
SM -- Phillip 18 pass from Flemer (Godfrey pass from Flemer)
VC -- Harris 1 run (Volpatti run)
SM -- Logwood 72 pass from Flemer (Richards kick)
VC -- Wikle 1 run (Volpatti kick)
Rushing: VC -- Wikle 20-121, Harris 17-109, Volpatti 15-54, Marco 1-8. Totals 53-292. SM -- Shockley 10-37, Logwood 11-34, Flemer 6-26, Phillip 3-16, TEAM 1-(-1). Totals 31-112. Passing: VC -- Volpatti 2-12-0-47. SM -- Flemer 18-35-1-376.
Receiving: VC -- Blackwell 2-47. SM -- Logwood 4-140, Godfrey 4-115, Coleman 4-37, Phillip 3-53, Mahone-Chambers 1-28, Jackson 1-3, Shockley 1-0. Fumbles/lost: Valley Christian -- 0/0; St. Mary's -- 4/0. Records: St. Mary's 3-3, 1-1 TCAL-Rock; Valley Christian 4-2, 0-2.