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Jamal Roberts scores five touchdowns to lead St. Mary's to 56-20 win at Lutheran-St. Charles

University of Missouri recruit runs for 238 yards and scores five touchdowns in win

By Nate Latsch

SAINT PETERS, MO. — It was a showdown of two reigning Missouri champions and two of the top teams in the Show-Me State, but the difference in Friday night's Archdiocesan Athletic Association heavyweight battle was one player. 

Jamal Roberts. 

The University of Missouri commit rushed for 238 yards and scored a career-high five touchdowns, including a third-quarter kickoff return, to propel St. Mary's to an impressive 56-20 road victory at Lutheran-St. Charles on Friday night. 

"They've got a good squad over there," Roberts said. "They won state last year, obviously. But we polished up on that L we took last week. We polished up a lot, we fixed a lot of our mistakes, and tried to come more as a team and we played better as a team."

The reigning Missouri Class 3 champions, St. Mary's (3-1, 1-0 in league play) suffered its first loss of the season a week earlier – a 21-20 defeat at Neuqua Valley in Naperville, Ill. 

When the Dragons took a 21-14 lead into halftime on Friday at Lutheran-St. Charles, St. Mary's coach Ken Turner said it felt a little bit like the Neuqua Valley game. 

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"We made too many mistakes to win the football game," Turner said of last week's loss. "We wanted to come back this week and polish them up – we still have some stuff we can polish up after tonight; the two kickoff returns for touchdowns – so we're going to keep working at it and keep shaping and molding this football team, which is a very good football team, but we want to continue to get better."

St. Mary's responded with a big third quarter and it was Roberts who led the way. 

In a span of just 26 seconds, he scored on a 99-yard run and then answered a Lutheran-St. Charles kickoff return touchdown with one of his own. After Roberts' twin brother, John, scored late in the third quarter, Jamal scored his third touchdown of the quarter on a short run with 44 seconds left. 

"I felt comfortable running the ball behind my guys today," Roberts said. "It kind of started off a little slow but we picked up the pace towards the middle of the game and towards the end."

Lutheran-St. Charles, the reigning Missouri Class 2 champions, couldn't keep up. 

After the Cougars cut the lead to 28-20 on the kickoff return by sophomore Riley Vander Pol with 7:13 left in the third quarter, they would not score again. 

"It's one to learn from," said Lutheran-St. Charles coach Arlen Harris, whose team fell to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in league play. "They beat us last year and it helped us, catapulted us in the direction to go win state. I still don't want to lose. ... Saw a few bright spots, but we just have to learn how to finish."