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Left Junior running back Nicolas Pegnatofrom the St. Monica's varsity football team runs down the football field with the football after while being chased by a pair of Blair High School defenisve linemanat Santa Moncia College on Friday Night Septmebr 29th 2011 as Moncia hosted Bliar High School and beat them 33-7 (photo by Daniel Archuleta)

CORSAIR FIELD — Even without primary ball carrier Sean Martinez for much of the game, St. Monica’s offensive backfield was able to put in work during a 33-7 win over Pasadena Blair on Friday night at Santa Monica College.

Fullback Kevin Holubowski carried much of the load with two runs for touchdowns and another score off a bad center exchange that opened the scoring for St. Monica.

St. Monica’s football team basically routed Blair, but it wasn’t without a few shortcomings.

The Mariners dropped a number of passes from new starting quarterback Luke Cain and were saddled with a number of penalties, which drove first-year head coach Adam Guerra crazy. He kept it in check, but he was obviously perturbed by his team’s uneven play.

“We like to make it interesting,” Guerra said of the win. “We had a few breakdowns, we need to be on the same page.”

The lone glaring St. Monica misstep took place when Blair quarterback Octavio Montoya scampered for a 63-yard keeper that made the score 12-7 in favor of St. Monica in the second quarter.

It was the lone Blair highlight of the game, but it got under Guerra’s skin as the Mariners improved to 3-2 on the season. Blair fell to 1-3 with the loss.

“There are still things that we need to work on,” Guerra said. “But, I think we’re getting there.”

For Holubowski, he was just happy to contribute.

Having scored the first three scores for St. Monica, it was the junior fullback that paced the offense. But, to hear him tell it, it was just chance.

“I guess I was in the right place at the right time,” he said. “This win gives us a lot of confidence.”

Aiding Holubowski was fellow running backs Nick Pegnato and Major Laurance. The juniors were pivotal for St. Monica in Martinez’ absence. Pegnato scored on an 8-yard run, and Laurance added a 5-yard score of his own.

The contributions from St. Monica’s back-up ball carriers suited Guerra just fine. He’s been building St. Monica into a running team during his short time on campus and Friday’s performance by his stable of running backs was in line with his approach to the game.

“People stepped in,” he said. “Sean is quite a player, but our other guys came up big with him not in there.”

Blair head coach Gary Parks was impressed with St. Monica’s ability to run the rock as well.

“They are a good physical team,” Parks said. “They are a very disciplined group.”

Parks said that St. Monica has the goods to compete in a Santa Fe League that the Mariners won last season en route to a playoff berth.

“They have the potential to make some noise this season,” he added.

Next for St. Monica is a road game against Santa Clarita Christian on Saturday. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

daniela@www.smdp.com

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