Seton Catholic was playing Friday night without starting quarterback Ryan Bresnahan, who broke a bone in his hand last week, but it seemed to have little impact on the outcome. The Sentinels took down San Tan Foothills 63-7, carrying a shutout late in to the fourth quarter.
David Gesicki took the reins at quarterback for Seton Catholic (3-1), firing early and often. Gesicki connected with PJ Del Rio on the Sentinels' first drive of the game for a touchdown, and he finished 11 for 17 passing with 159 yards and five touchdowns.
"It’s like I’ve been telling people: We have great faith in David. I wasn’t lying about it. We truly have great faith in him, and I think you can see why tonight,” Sentinels coach Rex Bowser said. “He’s a very good quarterback. He finally got his chance to shine tonight, and he took advantage of it.”
Gesicki also ran for 64 yards, showing the ability to move in the pocket and avoid a solid pass rush from the Sabercats.
“They really believed in me and gave me the reins. I feel like I was able to take my shot. I was disappointed when it didn’t go my way (at the beginning of the season), but I stuck with it and waited for my shot,” Gesicki said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough for believing in me and sticking with me. It just feels good to get a win.”
Matt Haggerty was Gesicki’s primary target on the night, finishing with seven catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Five players scored for the Sentinels, including sophomore Nate Agnes on a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Sabercats (3-1) came into the game undefeated but looked overmatched on both sides of the ball. Their offense managed just 45 yards rushing and 113 yards passing, most of which came in the second half after Seton Catholic had removed most of its starters.
San Tan Foothills quarterback Adam Naverrette did put together a few strong drives in the second half, but coach Rodger Schenks acknowledged that it was against a second- or third-string defense that was playing lax in the fourth quarter.
"You’re playing against twos and threes and JV kids,” Schenks said. “As a team, as a program, we should be embarrassed. To build off of the second half, I don’t think we can do that."
Seton Catholic travels to Maricopa (2-2) next week and hopes to build on its big win, while San Tan Foothills travels to Combs, which will be hosting its homecoming game.
Seton Catholic 63, San Tan Foothills 7
Team stats: Seton Catholic
Pass: Gesicki 11-17, 159 yds, five TDs
Rec: Haggerty 7, 114 yds, three TDs
First downs: 13
Penalty yds: 50
Team stats: San Tan Foothills
Pass: 12-26, 113 yds, three INTs
First downs: 12
Penalty yds: 25
Fumbles: 4 (2 lost)