Turnovers were a problem for St. Bernard’s for the second straight week, as the Crusaders fell 23-21 at Tri-Cities Prep in Washington on Saturday night.
A performance that head coach Matt Tomlin described as “sloppy,” wasted a good defensive effort that saw the visitors shut out the home team’s offense in the second half.
The game was tied at halftime 21-21, with the winning score coming in the third quarter on a safety, after a high snap sailed over the quarterback’s head and out of the back of the end zone.
“We had six or seven dumb penalties and three turnovers,” Tomlin said.
A pair of fumbles and an interception gives the Crusaders an uncharacteristic seven turnovers in two games.
And that gives Tomlin and his players plenty to work on going into their bye week, ahead of league play in two weeks.
Quarterback Will Omey threw for three touchdowns in the loss, as the Crusaders got the better of the early exchanges.
St. Bernard’s led 14-0, but the home team scored three touchdowns in the second quarter.
Two of the St. Bernard’s scoring passes went to receiver Luke Fairfield, who contributed in more ways than just that.
“He made a lot of plays,” Tomlin said of Fairfield.
Omey also threw a TD pass to Justin Hagler, while Lane Thrap added all three PATS, as well as an interception and long return on defense.
“The second half was all defense,” Tomlin said.
That included a big goal-line stand by the Crusaders D at the two-yard line.
The loss was the second straight for St. Bernard’s, which drops to 5-2 on the season.
The Crusaders open the Big 4 at Eureka in two weeks.