Portland St. Patrick continued its impressive start in eight-player football, improving to 3-0 for the first time since 1997 with a 58-14 drubbing of previously unbeaten Burr Oak at Portland High School on Friday night.
Casey Wilcox scored three touchdowns and Collin Lay had two for the Shamrocks, who have outscored their opponents by a combined 182-46 in their three games.
Coming into the game, Burr Oak looked to be a match for St. Pats, having won its first two games by scores of 54-14 and 48-10. But the Bobcats found themselves behind just 42 seconds into the game.
The Shamrocks ran three running plays for a total of 68 yards, with Lay running in a keeper from 6 yards out, and then running in for two, for a quick 8-0 lead.
After the Shamrock defense held the Bobcats three-and-out for minus-5 yards, Wilcox returned the ensuing punt 85 yards for a touchdown, and then caught a pass from Lay for two, to stretch the lead to 16-0 with 8:51 still left in the first quarter.
A blocked punt set up St. Patrick’s next touchdown, a 23-yard keeper by Lay. Wilcox then scored his second from 10 yards out to give the Shamrocks a 32-0 lead in the first quarter, before Burr Oak had earned a first down.
Shamrock coach Pat Russman said he was equally pleased with his offense and defense.
“They’re following the scouting reports, they’re doing what we ask them to do, adapting to different roles,” Russman said. “It was a good night for special teams too, so we’re really happy with what the kids did.”
John Carley scored from 27 yards out early in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 38-0 before the Bobcats had their first scoring chance. After recovering a Shamrock fumble on the St. Pats 30-yard line, Burr Oak drove down to the 13, but St. Pats held , taking over on downs at the 20.
On the next snap, Wilcox went 80 yards the other way to make the score 44-0 at the half.
Kyle Schrauben and John Pline scored second-half touchdowns for St. Pats, and Burr Oak scored twice after the break, with both touchdowns by Alex Munoz — the second on the last play of the game.
“We’ve got to keep working hard every week,” Russman said. “If the kids keep putting the time in, and putting the effort out there, we expect them to do some great things.”