In what easily could have been mistaken for time trials in the 100 meter dash, St. Luke's and Kingswood Oxford School traded touchdowns all afternoon in an FAA contest in West Hartford last Saturday. But at the end of a very long and overcast game, the St. Luke's Storm, led by senior Noel Thomas' 349 yards on only 8 carries, five of them for touchdowns, put 69 points on the scoreboard to "just" 41 for the Wyverns (a legendary winged creature with a dragon's head, reptilian body, and a barbed tail). Fellow senior Storm running back Myles Gaines contributed 147 yards on 11 carries and two TDs. QB Charlie Nelson added 136 passing yards (including a bomb TD to flanker Blake Stroman) and two rushing TDs, for a breathtaking team total of 683 yards of offense.
Although the Storm scored first, the Wyverns behind the excellent passing of Dante Cioff (well protected by his offensive line) quickly answered to take a 7-6 lead. A Storm trick play, where Thomas feigned a sweep to the right and threw back across field to Nelson, didn't fool KO which picked the pass and returned it for a TD and a 14-6 advantage. The Wyverns recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the drive ended when Andrew Sudano intercepted Cioff at the Storm 25. Nelson, Thomas and Gaines quickly moved the Storm 75 yards culminating in a Gaines TD. Nelson converted a two point attempt to even the score.
After KO moved down the field but could not score, Thomas took a handoff at the St. Luke's 42 and sliced 58 yards through a befuddled KO secondary for the go-ahead score. Later in the second quarter, a sack by Storm's Robert Wood dislodged the ball which was recovered by sophomore linebacker Noah Daniel. Moving quickly down the field, Nelson capped the drive with a 34 yard scramble into the endzone to put the Storm up 28-14. Cioff answered with an aerial assault that added 7 more points for KO.
On the first play of the second half, Thomas took a handoff and raced 65 yards to the house. The Wyverns, behind some nifty running by sophomore Sharrieff Grice, answered with a drive but failed to score when Stroman knocked down a 4th and goal Cioff pass. On the very next play, Thomas juked through the KO secondary then lit the afterburners for a 92 yard TD to put St. Luke's up 41-21. It took KO only five plays to return the favor. In the next series, KO's Grice intercepted a Nelson pass and scored to bring the Wyverns within striking distance behind only 42-35. Gaines did the heavy lifting through the line on the next series, but it was Thomas who raced for a 40 yard TD off the left side. When they got the ball back, KO's Grice matched that with a 70 yard TD burst of his own to trail the Storm, 49-41. Feeling left out, Gaines, on the ensuring Storm possession rumbled 63 yards up the middle for a TD.
The Storm stopped a KO drive when a Cioff pass bounced off Gaines ' shoe tops and into the arms of Bryan Latorraca. Later, Nelson made an NFL-level pass hitting Stroman - on the fingertips at the KO 35 - who then sprinted in for a TD. Out of the wildcat, Thomas took a direct snap and headed right through the entire KO defense on a 56 yard TD run.
The win kept St. Luke's undefeated at 5-0 going into this week's homecoming game against Rye Country Day School (the only team to beat St. Luke's last season) at 3 pm on Saturday. KO dropped to 2-2.