Belleville East football starts season with new coach
Former McKendree University assistant Michael Harrison’s head coaching debut at Belleville East proved to be a soggy one Friday against St. Louis Chaminade.
So soggy it got postponed late in the second quarter and moved to Saturday. Unfortunately for Harrison and the Lancers, his debut also turned soggy, as the visiting Red Devils cruised to a 50-6 victory in the season opener for both teams.
A perennial St. Louis football power, Chaminade used a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brady Cook to tight end Grant Finley midway through the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead. The game later was suspended by lightning, and resumed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with 5 minutes, 49 seconds left in the first half.
From there, the Red Devils posted 36 unanswered points.
Scheduled for a 7 p.m. opening kickoff, the start of the game was delayed 55 minutes by thunderstorms, which produced heavy rain and lightning.
When play did begin a steady drizzle fell throughout with the Red Devils taking an early lead. Following Chaminade’s second score, which came with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half, players were pulled off the field and the bleachers were cleared with lightning in the area.
After a 20-minute delay, Belleville East administration made the decision to suspend play for the night..
The Lancers had the first scoring chance of the night when a Chaminade player fumbled a punt deep in Red Devils territory. The drive stalled and Alex Maxim’s 32-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Chaminade broke the ice late in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Jimmy Grumich.
Belleville East, getting a solid effort from junior running back Bruce Harris, had its first sustained drive early in the second quarter which ended on a 3-yard touchdown run by Caleb Freppon, cutting the Red Devils lead to 7-6. But the Red Devils kicked into gear from there and never looked back.