Firing on all cylinders, St. Phillip was able to cruise to a 60-0 shutout victory over visiting Burr Oak on Saturday night at C.W. Post Field.
“We knew that we had to come out here and take care of business,” said St. Philip head coach Dave Downey. “That was our theme today. I think we did a good job at doing that.”
St. Philip improved to 6-3 on the season. Although the Tigers have already qualified for the playoffs, the win could determine if they will have to travel or not come next week.
“We knew we were going to be in the playoffs, win or lose, but we had a shot at hosting the game if we won,” Downey said. “So our goal was to win and hopefully tomorrow when they announce (the playoff parings), we are hosting it.”
St. Philip will bring a whole lot of momentum into the playoffs as they dominated on both sides of the ball. They outgained their opponent 406-131 total yards in the contest.
The offensive output was a joint effort by a revolving door of running backs used by the Tigers.
Brayden Darr lead all rushers with 56 yards and a touchdown. Jon Niland chipped in 47 yards and three touchdowns (on only three carries). Kevin Greenman (27 yards), Alex Doyle (24 yards), and Brendan Gausselin (2 yards) all also added rushing TDs.
Doyle was also deadly through the air, going 7-of-13 for 175 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Hunter Haley, who caught five passes for 81 yards. Niland lead all receivers however, with 91 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown reception to start the game.
“St. Phil is a tough team and they have a lot of talent. You can see it,” said Burr Oak head coach Ryan Stephens. “They throw the pass and are hard to cover in the secondary.”
St. Phil has faced Burr Oak previously this season, winning 56-0. The Bobcats finish 3-6 overall.
“Being the last game of the season I told the boys what they need to work on for next year,” said Stephens. “Obviously the game didn’t go how we wanted it to, but you have to focus on the positives things and what we did well this season and carry it over to next year.”