November 7th, 2010

Defense Leads Saints To Class AA Title

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer

Defense Leads Saints To Class AA Title
photo by Brad Knoop

St. Agnes-St. Francis gets by St. Albert 16-8

Paul Passafiume has been here before.  In eighteen years as the 7th & 8th grade football coach at St. Agnes-St. Francis, he has nine trips to Toy Bowl Sunday.  He’s been on both sides, and to be on the winning side of the 2010 Class AA Toy Bowl, his team would have to knock off St. Albert - the team that beat the Saints in the regular season.

The only thing moving in the first quarter was the clock.  Both defenses were holding strong.  St. Albert’s Ryan Young blasted through the line to get to Saints quarterback Aubrey Lipscomb.  The huge loss on third down forced one of six combined first quarter punts. 

St. Albert’s defense again made a stand when Carson Kehres corralled Lipscomb for another big loss.  Punt teams again were forced into action. When the Saints got the ball back with six minutes to go in the half, they began to pick up steam.  Runs by Jake Rist and Sam Boutillier placed St. Agnes-St. Francis inside the red zone for the first time.  With 5:08 to go in the half, Boutillier blazed in for an eight yard touchdown and an 8-0 first half Saints lead.

The hit heard across St. Matthews came on the ensuing kick-off when David Daniels was the first downfield to stuff the Vikings return.  Quarterback Ryan Young led the Vikings downfield and a big completion to Michael Stafford set up a first and goal at the 8-yard line.  Two plays later, a loose ball is picked up by the Saints.  They stop the drive and take the 8-0 lead into the half.

St. Agnes-St. Francis took advantage of more St. Albert turnovers in the third quarter.  The Saints' Aubrey Lipscomb picked off a Ryan Young pass and raced back to the St. Albert three-yard line.

Moments later Connor Barnes was in the endzone for a three-yard score and a 16-0 lead with just over a minute left in the third quarter.

Following another interception, this time picked off by St. Agnes-St. Francis’ Colin O’Daniel, the Saints miscued.  A bad snap on fourth down was recovered by St. Albert’s Daniel Ramser to set up a first and goal for the Vikings at the 10-yard line.  Ryan Young took advantage of it, rushing ten yards on two plays to pull the Vikings closer at 16-8 with 5:49 remaining in the game.

A Saints punt gave St. Albert the ball and a chance at tying the game with four minutes to go. 

The Saints' Colin O’Daniel was again Johnny-On-The-Spot, this time recovering a fumble at the St. Albert 22-yard line.  St. Agnes-St. Francis captures the Class AA title, 16-8.

“We just kept making plays,” coach Paul Passafiume said after his fifth Toy Bowl title.  “I told our guys, if they overcome selfishness, fear and pressure they would do this.  This group hadn’t had a tremendous amount of success through the years, but they grew up today.”


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