November 6th, 2010

Puffer, Carroll Lead St. Patrick To Victory

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Puffer, Carroll Lead St. Patrick To Victory
photo by Chris Jung

Celtics top Vikings 20-6 in CSAA Division battle

Going into Saturday morning’s 5th & 6th grade CSAA Division Toy Bowl, something had to give.

With a pair of unbeaten teams sporting identical 8-0 records and a matchup between the division’s best two teams, the crowd at St. Xavier High School’s Thomas More Stadium was treated to a great Toy Bowl weekend opening game, as St. Patrick outlasted St. Albert 20-6.

St. Patrick’s Keegan Puffer set the tone early for his team with a pair of first-quarter interceptions. Puffer’s second pick on an attempted pass from St. Albert’s Matthew Ramser eventually led to a one-yard touchdown run from Celtics’ running back Michael Stinson and a 6-0 St. Patrick lead.

Puffer’s three-yard run into the end zone on the extra attempt gave the Celtics a 7-0 lead. Puffer also appeared to have a touchdown pass on a halfback pass play just before halftime, but an ineligible receiver down field penalty erased the score, and St. Patrick kept its seven-point deficit at the half.

Neither team would score in the third quarter, but just under two minutes into the final quarter, St. Patrick quarterback Nick Carroll scored on a two-yard QB keeper, giving his team a 13-0 lead. Feeding off the momentum, Carroll kept the ball during the extra point attempt and ran it in on another keeper, this time of the bootleg variety to the right side, and St. Patrick took a commanding 14-0 lead.

But the Vikings weren’t ready to fold their tents just yet.

And with 4:17 remaining in the game, St. Albert’s Ramser found Preston Cameron for a 35-yard touchdown, igniting the sideline and giving the Vikings a shot. Kyle Nalley’s kick and two-point attempt was blocked, which made the score 14-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, St. Patrick took the wind out of St. Albert’s sails, as Robbie Powers returned Nalley’s kick 38 yards, putting the Celts right back into striking distance.

During the play, the Vikings’ Ryan Boyle was hit awkwardly and quickly attended to on the field. The injury caused a 30-minute delay, as an ambulance was called for precautions sake. Boyle was taken out on a stretcher after complaining of neck pain.

Following the stoppage in play, the running back duo of Stinson and Puffer helped St. Patrick grind down the clock, and QB’s Carroll scored his second touchdown of the game on a 4th down and goal sneak with 1:51 to go. The score sealed the game and sent Head Coach Nick Hinkebein and his team to the first Toy Bowl win of the weekend.

St. Albert’s Paul McQuillen had several long kick returns during the game in the losing effort. The Vikings finished the season 8-1 with the loss.


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