Although outmanned St. Monica suffered its’ eighth consecutive football loss Friday, several sophomores stood out.
St. Monica lost to St. Anthony, 46-6, plagued by the loss of half its lime-up due to injuries and an unproductive offense.
But Coach Jason Strouse said he was impressed with the play of sophs Micky Bowe, James Wright and Chris Votes and feels they’ll be important players on next season’s squad.
St. Monica, which hasn’t won since an opening game 22-20 victory over Bishop Montgomery, will close out the season at Verbum Dei Saturday at 2 p.m.
“The players are doing the best they can,” said Strouse, who is without all-league Vince Valdez (separated shoulder) and several others with assorted injuries.
Bowe anchors the offensive line, Wright is a receiver with the best speed on the team and Votes is a 6-foot-1, 130-pound competitor who broke a wrist last season but has come back well. Although quite slender, he plays on both offense and defense and had five tackles against St. Anyhony.
“We recently brought him up from the junior varsity and I’m really impressed with him,” said Strouse.Junior Anthony Flores, who has been the Mariners’ standout player in recent weeks after moving from wide receiver to quarterback, scored the only touchdown.