Running back Domonique Hayden is a huge part of the Thomas More offense, so without him in the lineup today, some may have been concerned that the Saints would have trouble moving the ball and scoring points. Thomas More defeated St. Vincent, 49-7, and put up 561 yards of total offense.
Freshman backup running back Chris Tarrant is built in similar fashion to Hayden. Both men are listed at 5'8'', both have extremely wide legs and both can move the pile.
Perhaps Hayden is a bit more explosive in the open field, and could be a mite faster, but Tarrant appears to provide a bright future for head coach Jim Hilvert in the backfield.
“They're very, very similar. I've been really blessed to have a stable of good running backs. Our offensive line did a great job too,” said Hilvert.
Tarrant carried the rock 24 times on the afternoon for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Yet as impressive as the Saints offense played Saturday, their defense also turned in a sterling performance. Defensive end Rodderick Darden stood out as he and his line mates were able to beat the St. Vincent offensive tackles on a regular basis, which allowed them to either crash down on hand offs, or force the Mustang quarterback Andy Borgan out of the pocket. The Saints defense essentially pitched a shutout since the only St. Vincent score came from a punt return.