Prep Football: Xavier Runs Away from Hempstead

By Mike Bonner, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS — In his final home opener of his career at Xavier High School, Saints senior Trey Sampson, attempted to lead his team into the locker room with 10 minutes left in warm-ups. Instead of a smooth jog off the field, Sampson tripped over the 40-yard line causing a few chuckles from the crowd and a log jam of Saints lightly colliding behind him.

For Xavier, on a night it honored its seniors, it was the Saints only stumble of the game.

“Well they did score on us so that wasn’t the only trouble,” Xavier coach Duane Schulte was quick to point out.

Make that two minor stumbles. Still, the Saints rode the running game of sure-footed Cal Stovie and the arm of Reggie Schulte. The two combined for 317 yards in a 48-7 win over Hempstead last night.

“Me and Reggie have grown up and always been together,” Stovie said. “But it’s everyone else too. Everyone is out there doing their job.”

The teams’ respective opening drives set the tone for the rest of the game. While the Mustangs went backward with their first possession, the Saints steamrolled down the field in four plays to make it 7-0. All 48 yards came from Stovie’s feet or Schulte’s arm.

Hempstead shoveled some coal on their offensive firepower with two quick passing strikes for 79 yards to tie the game at 7-7. But the Saints quickly extinguished any thoughts the Mustangs had of competing with 41 unanswered points.

By halftime it was 21-7 and Xavier held Hempstead to 8 second-quarter yards and 57 total in the first half. Xavier’s dynamic duo alone had 178.

“Wow, I did not know that,” Duane Schulte said. “Give Hempstead credit. They tried to stick with it and get after it but our defensive coaches do a great job and our kids buy into it and they did a great job.”

Xavier wasted no time continuing the punishment in the second half. In the first two drives — both TDs — of the third quarter Stovie and Schulte piled up 121 yards.

The Saints’ two-headed monster, for the most part, got to enjoy the rest of the game from the sideline.

“It was great,” Reggie Schulte said. “That’s the thing that makes football so enjoyable. When you get those guys giving you looks in practice, the scout team, when they get in, they just play their hearts out, everybody on the sideline just loves it. That was just great to see.”

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