When the Subiaco Academy Trojans opened the high school football season on Sept.6, quarterback Kelly Hollis rushed five times for 81 yards and scored two touchdowns. The offense put up 267 yards rushing in the 43-7 win.
In the second game of the season — played last Friday at Lamar — it was a much different story for Hollis and the Trojans.
Hollis, playing safety on defense, injured his hamstring on Lamar’s first possession of the game. On Subiaco’s first offensive series, Hollis, playing quarterback, limped off the field prior to the first snap and never returned.
With Hollis out of the game, the Trojans’ offense limped the rest of the night. The offense ended the game with 166 yards.
Lamar jumped out to a 26-0 lead in the first half against the Trojans on their way to a 48-7 win.
Subiaco is now 1-1 and plays its first game of the season at home in Rebsamen Stadium Friday against Perryville. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. It’s homecoming for the Trojans.
"Kelly had a mild hamstring pull and it’s going to be day to day," Subiaco Coach Mike Berry said Monday. "He probably won’t play, but we’ll see.
"There’s no doubt his injury changed the complexion of the game," Berry said. "He’s our best player and we should have been able to line up and run the ball on them but we made some mistakes and put ourselves in bad situations."
With Hollis out, quarterback duties were handled by Jon Vines. He finished the game six of two for 16 yards passing. Vines also played defense, getting a team-high 12 tackles. Andrew Komp caught one pass for 11 yards and Chris Post caught one pass for five yards. Vines rushed five times for 16 yards. Christian Lowery rushed eight times for 34 yards. John Nolasco rushed four times for eight yards.
Trojans’ running back Julius Lewis finished the game with 98 yards rushing and got Subiaco’s lone touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Warriors’ offense had its way against the Trojans’ defense. Lamar showed balance, getting 209 yards rushing and 250 yards passing for 459 yards of total offense.
The scoring deluge started on Lamar’s first series. They took the opening kick off and pushed it in for their first score of the night. One play after Hollis was injured, the Warriors converted a fourth-and-three into a touchdown. On Lamar’s second possession, they converted a fourth-and-four into another touchdown for a 14-0 lead with 2:43 to play in the first quarter.
The Trojans got the ball back, but the drive stalled. Two plays into the second quarter, Lamar’s Ryan Jones scored on a 20-yard sweep to make it 20-0 with 11:38 to play.
On its next possession, the Trojans put together an eight-play drive, which featured their first first down of the game. However, with fourth-and inches on the Lamar 35, Lewis was stopped short.
Komp intercepted a pass on Lamar’s next possession and Subiaco set up shop at the Subiaco 43. However, the drive stalled and Subiaco had to punt. Subiaco fumbled the snap and Lamar recovered the ball at the Subiaco 41. It took only one play for Lamar to score and it was 26-0 with 7:28 to play in the half.
Subiaco took possession at its own 41 but turned the ball over with an interception. Lamar then turned the ball over and Subiaco was back in business at the 41. What happened next was Subiaco’s best drive of the first half. The Trojans got the ball to the Lamar 15 but missed a field goal try.