November 6th, 2011

St. Patrick "D" Comes Up Big In 6-0 Win

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

St. Patrick "D" Comes Up Big In 6-0 Win
photo by Chris Jung

Celtics force key second-half turnovers in Class AA victory's 2011 coverage of the Catholic School Athletic Association (CSAA) Toy Bowl games is sponsored and brought to you by Publishers Press.

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In a rematch of last year's CSAA Division game, St. Patrick once again got the best of St. Albert on Saturday afternoon at St. Xavier High School's Thomas More Stadium, as the Celtics won the defensive struggle over the Vikings, 6-0, and captured the 5th & 6th grade Class AA Toy Bowl championship in the process.

The lone St. Patrick points were scored with 17.5 seconds to go before halftime when quarterback Manny Harper connected with Cameron Garrett for a 20-yard touchdown pass and reception for a 6-0 Celtic lead.

Harper, who provided plenty of offense in the air and on the ground, helped St. Patrick outgain St. Albert 96-40 in first-half offensive yardage.

The two-point kick attempt following Garrett's TD catch would be blocked, keeping St. Pat's lead at six points, but that's all the points they would need.

Turning it over to its defense, the Celtics got interceptions from Nick Donat and Christian English to stymie the St. Albert offense. Then, with 5:52 in the game, the Vikings faced a key 4th & 2 play and attempted a sweep to the right, but St. Patrick was there to cut it down and turn St. Albert over on downs.

The Vikings (6-2) got the ball back, began piecing together a potentially game-tying drive with less than two minutes to go, and seemed to be rolling when Preston Cameron's reception at midfield picked up a first down on a third down conversion attempt. But Cameron couldn't hang on to the ball and Ryan Maziarz recovered the fumble for St. Patrick with 1:57 to go, sealing the game.

Though he didn't get in the end zone, St. Patrick's Michael Stinson had a productive game on both sides of the ball, collecting several key runs and tackles throughout the game.

St. Albert's Matthew Sutherland recovered a blocked punt during the course of the game and Vikings QB Matthew Ramser was solid in his second year under center for his team, but it was the Celtics (8-0) who would capture the 2011 Class AA Toy Bowl title.

Final statistics

  • Total yards: St. Patrick (118); St. Albert (78)
  • First downs: St. Patrick (5); St. Albert (2)
  • Rushing yards-carries St. Patrick (86-32); St. Albert (41-20)
  • Completions-attempts-INTs: St. Patrick (2-12-0); St. Albert (5-12-2)
  • Passing yards: St. Patrick (32); St. Albert (37)
  • Fumbles-lost: St. Patrick (0-0); St. Albert (1-1)
  • Penalties-yards: St. Patrick (3-20); St. Albert (0-0)
  • Punts: St. Patrick (4); St. Albert (2)

Scoring plays

1st Quarter

  • No scoring

2nd Quarter

  • 0:17 Cameron Garrett (Patrick) 20-yard touchdown catch from Manny Harper (kick blocked); 6-0

3rd Quarter

  • No scoring

4th Quarter

  • No scoring

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