September 9th, 2012

CSAA Football: St. Pat's, St. Albert Register Wins

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


CSAA Football: St. Pat's, St. Albert Register Wins
photo by Conor Revell

St. Pat's, St. Albert improve to 2-0 in early season play

St. Patrick rolled over St. Stephen Martyr-Holy Family-Nativity 51-28 and St. Albert-St. Aloysius (PW) beat St. Raphael-John Paul II-St. Athanasius 38-8 in 7th and 8th grade action. Both games were played at St. Pius X Field.

St. Patrick 51 St. Stephen Martyr-Holy Family-Nativity 28

St. Patrick’s quarterback Larry Harper used his arms and legs to lead St. Patrick to a 51-28 victory over St. Stephen Martyr. Harper threw one touchdown pass and scored one touchdown on the ground. St. Patrick head coach Mike Meiners was really impressed with how Harper performed today.

“He’s a very good player and he’s extremely disciplined. Harper’s a smart kid and always brings his ‘A’ game,” said Meiners. “He’s always smiling and ready to work. I’m real proud of him.”

Both offenses stayed rather quiet during the first quarter until Collin McKinley hauled in a 22 yard touchdown catch from Harper with 3:16 left in the first quarter. St. Stephen Martyr tried to respond but quarterback Desmond Ritter tossed a pick-six to Jack Mulabay to give St. Patrick a 14-0 lead with 1:24 left in the first quarter.

Brendan King used a couple of spin moves to power in a touchdown to make it 22-0 St. Patrick with 6:02 left in the first half. St. Stephen Martyr got on the board when Nathan Hess powered in a 14 yard touchdown to make 22-8 into halftime.

“I thought our defense was really impressive in the first half,” said Meiners. “We only allowed one first down in the first half.”

Harper jump started the St. Patrick offense in the second half with a 26 yard run to put his team at the seven yard line. Two plays later, King sprinted in from seven yards out to give St. Patrick a 30-8 lead with 6:04 left in the third quarter. Even though St. Patrick scored five touchdowns on the ground on Sunday, the running game is still something Meiners said St. Patrick needs to work on.

“We are getting better at blocking. They are still learning as what they are supposed to do,” said Meiners. “I didn’t think we did a great job at running the ball. The key is to understanding who to block and not how to block.”

St. Stephen Martyr and St. Patrick traded off touchdowns the rest of the game as some of St. Patrick’s backups came in.  Hess ran in and caught a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as St. Stephen lost 51-28. Meiners talked about how playing Hess was a good lesson for his backups.

“We put in some of the guys that haven’t made first team yet,” said Meiners. “They got a chance to play and they got intimidated. It goes to show that you have to wrap up good runners like Hess. He’s is a strong runner and it was a good lesson for them. They’ll get better though as the season goes on though.”

The win moves St. Patrick to 2-0 while St. Stephen Martyr falls to 0-2

St. Albert-St. Aloysius 38 St. Raphael-John Paul II-St. Athanasius 8

Patrick Lyon and Hays Galloway each punched in two rushing touchdowns to help St. Albert beat St. Raphael 38-8. St. Albert head coach Leif Bunting said that their offensive line was the reason they were able to run the ball and win today.

“I’ll tell you one thing, our offensive line played very well up front. When they play well, we can run the football. Our running backs hit the holes hard today. They’ve worked hard in practice so we were really proud of them today, but we have a long way to go. We were just hitting all cylinders and it worked fine today.”

Galloway started off the rally for St. Albert when he sprinted 11 yards into the end-zone to give St. Albert an 8-0 lead with 5:30 left in the quarter. St. Raphael responded when they blocked a punt to tie the score up 8-8. St. Albert answered when Joey Mackin returned a kick for a touchdown to give St. Albert a 16-8 lead with 1:46 remaining in the first quarter.

The game got out of hand during the second quarter as Lyons powered his way into the end zone for two scores. Galloway ended the half with a two yard touchdown run to put St. Albert up 38-8 with 1:02 left in the first half. St. Albert outscored St. Raphael 24-0 in the second quarter.

St. Raphael made it past midfield once during the second half but was unable to get any points out of it as they stalled.

Special teams played a huge factor in St. Albert’s 38-8 win as Kyle Nalley kicked in 3 of 4 two point conversions. 

“Our players were breaking down the kickoffs for us,” said Bunting. “We also have a fabulous kicker in Kyle; it makes things a lot easier for our defense and offense when he can knock those in.”

St. Albert improves to 2-0 on the year while St. Raphael falls to 1-1.

 

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