St. Philip cruises past Tekonsha, 67-0

St. Philip cruises past Tekonsha, 67-0


St. Philip cruises past Tekonsha, 67-0


The St. Philip Tigers won in a blowout in their first-ever conference game in the Southern Michigan 8-Man League as they beat the Tekonsha Indians 67-0 at C.W. Post Field on Saturday night.

The Tigers (4-1, 1-0 SM8) scored touchdowns on all nine of their first-half possessions on their way to a 61-0 lead at the half.

The Tigers’ starting unit played a very clean game with no turnovers and no penalties in the first half against a winless Tekonsha team that has been outscored 274-54 this season.

“We had a great week of practice. We talked about cutting down on mistakes this week, which our first unit did a very good job of,” St. Philip head coach Dave Downey said.

The win was a good confidence builder for the Tigers, who play at Portland St. Patrick’s next week. Portland defeated the Tigers 54-20 in their first game of the season.

“We worked on a few things trying to get ready for Portland St. Patrick’s next week,” Downey said. “We’re starting to come together both offensively and defensively. We have a young team, but we’re starting to mature a little bit and play a lot better. In our first game Portland jumped all over us in the first quarter and I don’t think we were ready to play. But we have five games under our belt now and we know what eight-man football is all about and we’ll be ready to play next Saturday at Portland.”

Jon Niland got the scoring parade started for the Tigers with a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Tekonsha (0-5, 0-1 SM8) fumbled on its next possession setting up the Tigers on the three-yard line where Alex Doyle ran in a three-yard score.

Doyle connected with Hunter Haley on St. Philip’s next possession for a 14-yard touchdown pass, and two minutes later Doyle ran in another score on a 35-yard run to put the Tigers up 26-0.

A Dreyson English interception set Kevin Greenman up for a 25-yard touchdown run on the Tigers next possession. Greenman scored 20 seconds later when he intercepted a pass and ran it back 42 yards for a score, giving St. Philip a 46-0 lead eight seconds into the second quarter.

English picked off another pass midway through the second quarter and Haley scored his second touchdown of the game on a 30-yard reverse.

Freshman running back Brayden Darr scored the Tigers final touchdown of the half on a one-yard run and David Downey’s extra point gave the Tigers a 61-0 halftime lead. Brendan Gausselin scored on in the fourth quarter to put the Tigers up 67-0.

Tyrus Sonneborn led a Tiger defensive unit that has posted consecutive shutouts with nine tackles and a blocked punt. Darr had ten tackles and also led the Tigers with 66 yards rushing.


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