November 5th, 2017

Wildcats capture 8-AA Toy Bowl with win over Eagles

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Wildcats capture 8-AA Toy Bowl with win over Eagles
The Wildcats with the Toy Bowl trophy / photo by Conor Revell

St. Bernard/St. Michael/St. Nicholas defeated Holy Trinity/Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Leonard 21-12 in the 8-AA Toy Bowl Sunday night at Trinity High.

Luke Saner ran for 15 yards and two touchdowns, Cameron Greenwell ran for 54 yards, Brady Willis threw for 39 yards, one touchdown, an interception, and rushed for 35 yards, and Cody Hagan caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown to guide the victorious Wildcats to a second straight Toy Bowl championship over the Eagles.

“It’s a great rivalry we’ve formed with Holy Trinity,” St. Bernard head coach Wayne Willis said. “They have a great coaching staff, players, and fans. We’ve played them five times over the past few years and it has been a barnburner every time.”

Michael Schmidt led the Holy Trinity offense rushing for 119 yards on 20 carries, Michael Schaftlein rushed for 12 yards on three carries and a touchdown, Bennett Boehnlein threw for 63 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions, and Garrett Brunsetter caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Willis led the St. Bernard defense with two interceptions while Grayson Segeleon had an interception for the Eagles.

St. Bernard struck first when Willis tossed a 10-yard pass to Hagan making it 6-0 with 3:47 to go in the first quarter.

Holy Trinity answered when Schaftlein’s 11-yard touchdown run tied the game at six with 7:42 remaining in the second quarter.

“We told our guys at the half that we needed to finish,” Wayne Willis said. “Our motto has been to finish, finish, finish, and not to get down. We knew that we weren’t going shut Holy Trinity out. Touchdowns were going to happen; we just had to make more plays.”

Saner gave the Wildcats a 12-6 lead with 1-yard touchdown run and Austin Baugh kicked the 2-point PAT to make it 14-6 with 2:29 left in the second quarter.

“Our running game and offensive attack have relied on that offensive line all year long,” Wayne Willis said. “Those five guys on the line have a done a very impressive job for us. That’s what you have to have if you want to win on this stage.”

Holy Trinity never led again.

Boehnlein’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Brunsetter got the Eagles to within 14-12 with 1:10 to play in the first half but the 2-point PAT failed.

Saner’s second rushing touchdown of the game from five yards out made it 20-12 with only 3:25 remaining.

However, it was Willis’ crazy scamper in the backfield on the PAT, escaping multiple sacks, and then fired a dart to Saner in the end zone to make it 21-12 that allowed the Wildcats to ice the game.

“That was a great play,” the younger Willis said. “I rolled out and then saw trouble coming at me. I found Saner in the end zone.”

A Holy Trinity fumble on the next possession officially ended the game. 


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