ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph-Ogden High School won the time of possession battle and kept Central Catholic out of the end zone until the fourth quarter Friday night while downing the Saints, 18-7, in an Illini Prairie Conference game.
Brayden Weaver scored on two short touchdown runs and Keaton Nolan added another for St. Joe-Ogden.
Central (0-3, 0-3) got on the board in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Hank Keller and Jonathan Nauor's extra-point kick.
The Saints were led in rushing by Jake Slaughter with 41 yards on 11 carries. Keller added 37 yards in seven attempts.
The leading receiver was Hayden Pirtz with five catches for 47 yards, including a 28-yarder.
St. Joe-Ogden scored touchdowns late in the first and second quarters to lead 12-0 at the half. The Spartans' other TD came in the fourth quarter.
"It was the same story for us. The defense played extremely well," Central coach Kevin Braucht said. "We just could never really get going on offense. We have to get better. I take full responsibility for that. But our kids played hard.
"I can't say enough about our defense and our offense never gave up either. But I'm putting this one on me. We have to coach better offensively. We're protecting the ball, but we're just not consistent enough on offense."