CAHS rolls vs. Complex
Published: October 29, 2012
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ST. CROIX - The offseason was a little bit longer for Charlotte Amalie High School quarterback Elisha Arnold, but once he was handed the ball, the senior hit the ground running.
After sitting out two games because of off-field issues, Arnold made his much-anticipated debut Saturday night at the Educational Complex field against the Barracudas. Arnold passed for a touchdown and rushed for three others as the Chickenhawks dominated the Barracudas, 48-0, in varsity tackle football action.
"I said from early on that Elisha Arnold would break a lot of records in the Virgin Islands once he gets his chance," CAHS head coach Francisco Jarvis said after the win. "We're just a different team with Elisha at quarterback."
They were a team that the Barracudas had no answer for in the first half. The Chickenhawks eclipsed the league's 40-point margin to invoke the mercy rule in the second quarter and the game was called with 2:44 remaining in the half.
Kyle Edwards - the 2011 Virgin Islands Daily News Player of the Year - ran for a touchdown, and along with Arnold, he provided the bulk of the Chickenhawks' offensive yardage.
"I've been practicing all summer long," said Arnold. "I came out and did exactly what coach wanted me to do."
Rasheed Roberts returned a punt for a touchdown, and Von Webster caught the Arnold pass that would seal the win for the Chickenhawks.
CAHS moves to 3-0 on the season, while the Barracudas posted their second-straight loss.
Jarvis admitted that with so much success coming to his team, it takes creativity to keep the players focused.
"We have to be innovative in what we do," Jarvis said. "We have to be extra competitive."
For St. Croix's football teams, it was a difficult weekend. Central High was also shut out 46-0 by the St. Thomas-St. John Private Schools Arawak Warriors on Friday in a game that also ended midway because of the mercy rule.