Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Football Note

Everything Is Clicking for the Surprising Saints

Tuesday, October 2, 2007; Page E05

St. Stephen's/St. Agnes School is playing the same nine-game schedule it played last season, when it started 0-3 and finished with just three wins in Coach David Holm's first season.

A year later, the Saints have ridden 5-foot-7, 161-pound senior running back Isaiah Carpenter's eight touchdowns and 8.1-yard average per carry, plus strong play from their defense and special teams to a 4-0 start.

"The key to being successful is functioning well in all three areas and we've been able to do that this year," Holm said.

Heading into Saturday's game against Bishop Ireton (4-1), the Saints' defense is allowing just 8.25 points per game -- less than half of what it gave up last year (17.7).

Junior place kicker Chazzo Habliston, who hit 3 of 4 field goals (including a 38-yarder) in the Saints' 16-13 win over Woodberry Forest on Sept. 22, has "made our special teams click," Holm said.

-- B.J. Koubaroulis

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