November 4th, 2017

Monarchs use defense to capture 6-AA Toy Bowl title

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer

Monarchs use defense to capture 6-AA Toy Bowl title
Drew Davis carries the ball for St. Mary's as Holy Trinity defenders try and tackle him./photo by J. Eric Thorne

In a game that became a battle of the defenses it was a mighty little fifth grader that made the biggest play in leading the St. Mary’s/St. Aloysius Monarchs to a repeat title in the CSAA’s 6   - AA Toy Bowl Championship game Saturday at St. X High School.

Chase Hamilton picked off a pass by Holy Trinity’s Bryce Heitmann with 1:01 left in the game to seal the 10-2 victory, and ensured the championship trophy remained in the Monarchs possession.

Self-proclaimed at just under 5-feet tall it was clear that Hamilton would not be denied in coming up with the game’s biggest play.

“I kind of felt the receiver up against my back and thought he was coming over me, but my instincts kicked in and I just went up and got the ball,” Hamilton said. “We really couldn’t get our offense going so we leaned on our defense. We all contributed it just happened to be me that showed up on the last play.”

St. Mary’s was able to run out the clock on four possessions and the celebration began.

“Wow that game lived up to everything we thought it would be and we knew it would go down to the last snap win or lose,” Monarchs coach Jeff Davis said. “We told them to hang at the end. We tried to show each other wrinkles in the first half which didn’t work for either team and it became a bare knuckle fight if you will. Ultimately turnovers we forced made the difference.”

The game featured numerous turnovers and an abundance of penalty flags that ultimately proved to be the downfall for Holy Trinity, who also lost to St. Mary’s in last year’s title game. The teams split the regular season match ups and it was clear each team knew what to expect from the other.

Ryder John, who plays on the offensive line and is a defensive end for Holy Trinity, didn’t expect the game to play out any differently.

“I knew it was going to come down to extra points and defense making the difference since we played them earlier this year,” John said. “We had a lot of turnovers and flags which hurt. It’s tough to lose but it was a lot of fun and great feeling to play in the championship game.”

St. Mary’s scored on their opening drive as a Drew Davis carried for a one-yard touchdown following a 15-yard pass to Will Desensi. Andrew Sosnowski kicked the conversion and the Monarchs led 8-0 with 4:06 left in the first quarter.

“We have been practicing since July with blood, sweat and tears and all that hard work paid off to get the win today and the trophy,” Drew Davis said. “We played probably the best we have in a long while, and next year I’ll go for the three-peat.”

On Holy Trinity’s second possession the snap sailed over the punters head deep in the Eagles end of the field and into the end zone for a Monarch safety making it 10-0.

The Monarchs then took the kickoff only to see Holy Trinity defense record a safety as well when Zach Ralston sacked Jackson Hepner in the end zone making it 10-2 with 1:00 left in the half.

The second half didn’t feature a lot off offense but more defense as the Monarchs were forced to punt three times, while Holy Trinity fumbled and had two passes picked off.

“We knew when you play a team three teams in a year, and each’s only loss was to each other, it would be a defensive struggle where one big play could make the difference,” Holy Trinity coach Jeff Maddox said. “Things kind of snowballed for us and you can’t turn the ball over because this game is over too quick.”

“There is so much pressure on these kids and when you get off to a rocky start like we did its touch to regroup, but these kids had a tremendous year and I’m very proud of them,” Maddox added.

Drew Davis rushed 11 times for 45 yards and was on last season’s championship team.

“We liked where we were at the end but to be honest if you can win a Toy Bowl that’s the cherry on top for the season,” Jeff Davis said. “Some of these kids will try and make it three in a row like Drew while others like Chase will go for their second next year. It’s so important to use both fifth and sixth grade classes to mesh as a team and that paid off.”






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