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  • Homestead quarterback Jiya Wright ran for 95 yards and a score and threw five TD passes in the Spartans' win. (Photos by Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette)

  • Bishop Dwenger's Patrick Finley runs back a kickoff during Homestead's shutout win on Friday.

Saturday, September 09, 2017 1:00 am

Homestead 42 Bishop Dwenger 0

Spartans stay dominant

Capitalize on errors for rare shutout on Saints' home field

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

Homestead continued its early-season dominance as it shut out Bishop Dwenger 42-0 at Zollner Stadium on Friday.

It's the first time the Saints have been shut out at home since a 43-0 loss to Snider on Oct. 5, 2012.

“I don't expect to walk into any game and get a blowout,” Spartans coach Chad Zolman said. “I feel like this conference (SAC) has so many good athletes, good teams and good coaches that every time we step out here, it's going to be a battle to win that game.

“(Dwenger is) just a solid football team. I think they have good athletes everywhere and they're well-coached and disciplined and always a formidable opponent for those reasons.”

The Spartans (4-0) took advantage of untimely penalties from the Saints (3-1), scoring their first three touchdowns in the one or two plays following flags against Bishop Dwenger.

In the first quarter, Homestead quarterback Jiya Wright threw on a fourth-and-11 at the Saints' 28. The pass was incomplete but the Spartans got a first down on a pass interference call.

Two plays later, Wright connected with Brayden Layton on a 14-yard scoring pass with 2:33 left in the quarter.

Pass interference and encroachment calls resulted in scoring plays in the second quarter as Homestead led 21-0 at the half.

“Honestly, there were thoughts in my mind that we could sweep them,” Wright said, “but Dwenger's a great team, they're very physical and we played almost flawlessly.

“It feels great especially since we have a lot of new guys, especially in the O-line. Coming from last year, all our O-line graduated so we didn't know if we were going to be able to dominate like we have been, so it's good to know.”

Wright completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 265 yards and five touchdowns and rushed 24 times for 95 yards and a score.

“(Wright) leads by example,” Zolman said. “He does the right thing, he encourages his teammates, those are high-quality things. He's helping to direct traffic, putting people in the right position – all those things add up to a good leader on a football team.”

Saints quarterback Eddie Morris completed 8 of 17 pass attempts for 114 yards with one interception and ran 11 times for 51 yards.

The Spartans are averaging 45.25 points per game and have given up an average of 12.75 and have outscored opponents 181-51 in the first four weeks.

“(These kinds of results) helps us with confidence,” Zolman said. “I think our kids are rolling pretty well on defense so they should be confident after playing two very good football games but we can't be satisfied. That's the message we gave them. We need to continue to improve and find things to get better at. We like how we've progressed through these first four games.”

Note: Receiver Trevin Taylor was ejected in the fourth quarter on a personal foul. If the ejection stands, he will be unable to participate in Homestead's game against Snider at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 16.

areichel@jg.net