St. Philip cruises past Litchfield

St. Philip cruises past Litchfield

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St. Philip cruises past Litchfield

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The St. Philip Tigers took down the Litchfield Terriers 61-21 for a much-needed victory in the Southern Michigan 8-Man Football League on Saturday night at C. W. Post Stadium.

The Tigers bounced back from consecutive losses to Portland St. Patrick and Waldron to defeat the Terriers and improve to 5-3 on the year.

“Our goal was to finish the season strong with a win tonight and then take care of business next week against Burr Oak,” St. Philip head coach Dave Downey said. “And then that momentum should catapult us into the playoffs.”

The Tigers beat Burr Oak 56-0 in their first meeting in week 4.

Litchfield (1-7) is down on numbers this season and seven turnovers in the first half led to 47 points for the Tigers.

St. Philip got off to a great start early in the game. On the Terriers first possession, Hunter Haley recovered a fumble on Litchfield’s own 30-yard line and the next play Alex Doyle took a quarterback sweep 29 yards to the Litchfield 1-yard line, setting up Jon Niland for the touchdown plunge.

Following a 45-minute lightning delay, Litchfield came out throwing and with 6:05 left in the first quarter Kitcimakwa Williams connected with 6-foot-9 Devin Conley for a 14-yard touchdown pass, tying the score 7-7.

The Tigers answered when Niland scored out of the Wildcat formation, taking it in from 18 yards out.

“We concentrated on the running game tonight,” Downey said. “We ran the ball pretty effectively tonight and being as wet as it was, it was nice not to have to throw it as much.”

Doyle scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak to put the Tigers up 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter Litchfield had ball security troubles in wet conditions as it turned it over five times, leading to 27 St. Philip points.

Brayden Darr took an interception 19 yards to paydirt and Sam Lehouiller scooped up a fumble and ran it in from 34 yards out, both in the second quarter.

St. Philip led 46-7 at halftime.

In the second half Litchfield’s highlights came from a nice 59-yard touchdown run by Williams and a 77-yard touchdown run by Josh Love.

Darr scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 10 yards to go along with his pick-six. John Sweeney had a 34-yard score.

Tyrus Sonneborn led the Tigers with nine tackles, Darr had seven and Kevin Greenman had six.

The top sixteen teams in 8-man football advance to the playoffs. St. Philip should be in the mix and will look to keep its momentum going when they host Burr Oak next Saturday.

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