November 5th, 2016

Monarchs take down Eagles in 6-AA Toy Bowl

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer

Monarchs take down Eagles in 6-AA Toy Bowl
St. Mary's/St. Aloysius WR/RB Lou Wright (ball carrier in grey) scored two TD's to lead the Monarchs to the 6-AA Toy Bowl title

The St. Mary’s/St. Aloysius Monarchs and the Holy Trinity Eagles staged a classic in the CSAA’s 6-AA Toy Bowl championship. The Monarchs won the hardware with a hard-fought 12-8 victory that went down to the game’s final play.

Facing a fourth-and-10 from the Monarchs’ 11-yard line, Holy Trinity quarterback John Reid Carlon hit his big wide receiver Nick Hatcher at the five yard line. Hatcher was promptly met by a bevy of St. Mary’s defenders before falling at four yards short of a touchdown with 0:04 on the clock. The Monarchs took a knee to close out the win.

“I’ll tell you one thing: this game is a lot more stressful as a coach than as a player,” St. Mary’s head coach and former CSAA and Holy Cross standout Dean Wells said. “I’m just so proud of these kids. We have so much respect for Holy Trinity’s coaching staff and players. They were awesome today. We knew it was going to be a tremendous battle and it certainly was.”

Wells and his team trailed 8-0 late in the first quarter after Hatcher snatched-away a Carlon pass from Monarchs’ cornerback, who was giving away nearly a foot of height to the long striding Holy Trinity receiver. Hatcher made a fine catch and darted down the left sideline for the score.

“Our defense played so hard and our guys battled all game,” Wells said following the win. “They (Holy Trinity) made a great play for their score, but our defense was right there with them. My heart is still pumping a million miles an hour.”

The Monarchs drove deep into Holy Trinity territory only to be stopped on a fourth-and-goal inside the Eagles’ five-yard line. But the St. Mary’s/St. Aloysius defense forced a three-and-out and Holy Trinity had to punt from its own end zone.

That’s when the Monarchs diminutive fifth-grade speedster Lou Wright took over.

Wright collected the punt on one hop at the Eagles’ 29-yard line, jab-stepped to his right and circled back to his left out-racing the entire Holy Trinity punt coverage team for the much-needed score. The extra point attempt was short and Holy Trinity took an 8-6 lead into the half.

“Our team needed a score,” said Wright of his punt return touchdown. “Everybody was over there (to his right), so I went that way (to the left). Our defense played really well and without them we probably would have lost.”

The Monarchs limited the Eagles to just 28 yards rushing on 13 carries. Carlon completed 3 of 7 passes for 65 yards including that 36-yard strike to Hatcher. St. Mary’s/St. Aloysius gained 91 yards on the ground on 32 carries. Wright scored his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard rush in the third quarter.

It was a defense led by the big-hitting trio of Jaxon Panariello, Holden Siebel and Adam Boone with plenty of contributors in support.

Quarterback Jack McKiernan gained over 60 yards on the ground for the Monarchs. St. Mary’s was 2 of 4 passing for 11 yards and one interception.

“We fought our hardest and down by the goal line, well it’s ‘go time’ there,” said McKiernan of his team’s big defensive stand to end the game. “We played our best football today against a very good team. I couldn’t ask for a better group of teammates. I’m so proud of this team.” 


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