The St. Philip football team knew that homecoming week came with a lot of distractions, and that they needed to be fully focused on beating their conference foe, the Burr Oak Bobcats.
After a nail-biting four quarters, the Fighting Tigers finished on top to beat Burr Oak 28-18 in a Southern Michigan 8-Man Football League matchup.
“The defense stepped up,” said St. Philip head coach David Downey. “We blocked a punt and it set us up in good field position. the defense did a super job today, keeping us in the ball game because, we had four fumbles and an interception.”
After a pair of empty possessions from both teams, it was Burr Oak who struck first with a 1-yard rush from running back Noah Greene.
Trailing for the first time all season, the Tigers would answer with back-to-back Chris Kubasiak touchdown carries from 6 and 54 yards out, respectively.
Burr Oak wouldn’t be down for long however, as the Bobcats tied the game with a Noah Currier pass to Caleb Stayner for a 67-yard touchdown.
Midway through the fourth quarter, St. Philip’s Grayson Obey found his way into the end zone on a 3-yard rush, making the score 20-12.
The Tigers would cushion their lead with a 1-yard quarterback keeper from Ryan Reincke late in the final quarter.
Just as it seemed like the game was over, Burr Oak came back with touchdown run from Hunter Anderson. However, St. Philip spoiled Burr Oak’s comeback by recovering the onside kick with fifty seconds left in the game and ran the clock out to secure the Tiger win.
Leading the way for the St. Philip defense was Noah Ellinger with 11 tackles and Drew Lantinga adding 10 tackles and an interception. Ben Swagler also had a interception.
Offensively for St. Philip, Chris Kubasiak gained 158 yards on 17 carries to go along with two scores.
With this win, fourth-ranked St. Philip moves to 4-0. The Bobcats slipped to 1-3.