CEDAR RAPIDS – It is common for Cedar Rapids Xavier to compliment its scout team after a win.
This time, the scout team complemented the starters by finishing a decisive win.
With many reserves on the field for most of the second half, the seventh-ranked Saints handled Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 49-0, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Thursday night at Kingston Stadium.
When good things happen like scoring on five of your first six possessions and sandwiching halftime with a special teams and defensive scores, you can rest your starters.
"It's always good to see those guys get in," Xavier's Jim Moore said. "It's fun to see them play, coach them up and get better. Especially, this week. They worked so hard."
They helped the Saints starters prepare to fire on all cylinders.
Xavier took control from the opening snap, needing just 13 seconds for Cal Stovie to take a handoff and bolt 80 yards for a touchdown. Stovie, who finished with 125 rushing yards, bounced around the right end and was untouched downfield.
"(Quarterback) Reggie (Schulte) made a good call," Stovie said. "Our line stayed on their blocks. Logan Jones made a good block."
After a strong defensive stand by the J-Hawks, the Saints rolled to a 2-0 start. Many of Xavier's big plays resulted in taking advantage of Jefferson crowding the line. Big gains were made once the Saints broke the initial line of defense.
"They had a lot od guys up close it seemed," Xavier Coach Duane Schulte said. "If you can break a seam on that stuff and have a back like Cla Stovie, he's a fast kid and can be gone."
Reggie Schulte fueled the momentum, leading them to the next four touchdowns. He completed his first four passes, throwing his first three attempts for touchdowns. He connected on six of his first seven attempts for four TDs. Three of those came in the second quarter.
He couldn't recall a better start in organized football.
"Maybe in the backyard. That's where we used to bomb them out," said Schulte, praising his wide receivers. "Most of them were runs after catches. They did a great job sprinting to the end zone. They did most of the work for me."
Schulte's first pass found wide receiver Corbin Woods on a flag pattern for a 19-yard score, giving the Saints a 14-0 lead in the first. Schulte opened the second with a quick dump pass to Moore in the seam and the wide open Moore rumbled 82 yards for a TD and a 21-0 Saints lead.
"Reggie just gave me a good ball," Moore said. "I just kept running to be honest. I didn't know who was where. I saw the open field and kept on going."
Moore, who had 104 receiving yards, reeled in a 22-yard TD from Schulte a little more than a minute later. Matt Nelson added a 10-yard TD from Schulte, who had 173 passing yards.
Stovie capped the big first half with a 51-yard punt return to put the Saints up, 42-0, at the break. Eric Ryberg produced the final score, returning a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown on Jefferson's opening possession of the second half.
"I was happy for the kids," Duane Schulte said. "It was great to get as many guys in the game that we did."
The J-Hawks (0-2) managed a little more than 100 yards of total offense, moving as far as the Xavier 31 before turning it over on downs. Jefferson forced an early punt with two sacks on Xavier's second poseession.
"They came after us in the first quarter," Duane Schulte said. "You have to give Jefferson credit. Coach (Brian) Webb is doing some good things over there."
The Saints play Cedar Rapids Prairie at John Wall Field next week. Jefferson will travel to Dubuque Hempstead, attempting to snap a 24-game losing streak.
CR Xavier 49, CR Jeff. 0
AT KINGSTON STADIUM
TEAM STATISTICS CR Xavier CR Jeff.
First downs 8 8
Rushes-yards 19 - 138 30 - 28
Passing yards 173 76
Comp-Att-Int 6 - 8 - 0 6 - 16 - 0
Total yards 311 104
Fumbles-lost 1 - 0 4 - 2
Punts-average 2 - 48.0 5 - 35.6
Penalties-yards 6 - 38 5 - 33
CR Xavier –
Cal Stovie 7-125 ,
Reggie Schulte 4-0 ,
Nick Durin 1-13 ,
Kevin Feeney 2-5 ,
Brendan Miller 1-1 ,
Jim Moore 1-1 ,
Chris Ball 1-0 ,
Nick Robinson 1-0 ,
CR Jeff. –
Hunter Kloubec 4-17 ,
Nick O'Connell 10-21 ,
Pat Kopecky 1-0 ,
Drake Allen 3-2 ,
Layne Sullivan 6-0 ,
Team 2-0 ,
Lance Scallon 3-6 ,
Trae Gesling 1-4
CR Xavier –
Schulte 6-7-0-173 ,
Quinton Scholer 0-1-0-0
CR Jeff. –
Sullivan 6-15-0-76 ,
CR Xavier –
Corbin Woods 1-19 ,
Jim Moore 2-104 ,
Stovie 1-36 ,
Bryce Grimm 1-4 ,
Matt Nelson 1-10
CR Jeff. –
Brandon Wiederin 1-35 ,
Peter Watson 2-28 ,
SCORE BY QUARTERS
CR Xavier 14 28 7 0 – 49
CR Jeff. 0 0 0 0 – 0
CRX - Stovie 80 run (Ryan Persick kick)
CRX - Woods 19 pass from Schulte (Persick kick)
CRX - Moore 82 pass from Schulte (Persick kick)
CRX - Moore 22 pass from Schulte (Persick kick)
CRX - Nelson 10 pass from Schulte (Persick kick)
CRX - Stovie 51 punt return (Persick kick)
CRX - Eric Ryberg 12 fumble return (Persick kick)