Lane Thrap, receiver for St. Bernard’s, tallied three touchdown receptions in the team’s 36-7 road-win over El Molino Friday night. (Andrew Butler — Times-Standard)

St. Bernard’s opened its 2019 season in fashion Friday night with a 36-7 win on the road at El Molino.

Crusaders quarterback threw three touchdowns in the first half as his team led 36-0 heading into the break. Lane Thrap was on the end of each touchdown strike as he had a hat-trick worth of touchdown receptions in the win. Talimaivao Fonoti rushed for a Crusaders touchdown as well, as did Justin Hagler.

“Lane Thrap showed just how good a receiver he is tonight,” Crusaders head coach Matt Tomlin said.

Bode Joyner had an interception on defense as well, a good sign going forward for the Crusaders secondary which already has a pair of play-making safetys in Thrap and Omey.

Tomlin said he was impressed with how his team looked in their 2019 debut, noting the play of his offense line in particular as a highlight.

He also praised two defenders in particular, Hagler and Demetrius Rawson. Hagler, a senior who fought through a lingering hamstring issue to help his team to a win and Rawson, a promising 6-foot-2 linebacker, should be names to follow throughout the season.

St. Bernard’s will play its second game of the year on the road as well as it heads to Hoopa Valley on Friday for what will be Hoopa Valley’s season opener.

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