St. Philip's run ended by St. Patrick, 34-28

St. Philip's run ended by St. Patrick, 34-28

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St. Philip's run ended by St. Patrick, 34-28

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St. Philip held Portland St. Patrick well below its season scoring average, but it wasn’t enough for the Fighting Tigers to earn a victory on Saturday night.

St. Patrick held on to beat St. Philip 34-28 in a 8-player football regional contest, ending the Tigers season with a 7-4 record.

St. Patrick (11-0), which averages 54.1 points, held a 34-7 lead in the fourth quarter before the Tigers rallied back. Following an onside kick recovery with 3:30 left in the game, St. Philip scored to make it 34-28 but couldn’t recover a second onside kick.

“The kids never gave up, even when we were down in the fourth quarter, they never gave up,” said St. Philip head coach Dave Downey. “We just dug ourselves a hole early and we had to climb back out.”

Three of St. Philip’s losses came at the hands of St. Patrick, which previously beat the Tigers by scores of 54-20 and 50-43.

“Week 1 we lost to St. Patrick by 34 points, and to come back and have a shot against them in the regional final, we’ve come a long way in a short period of time,” Downey said. “The kids are young and we’re going to build on this experience and hopefully host a regional next season.”

St. Philip was led by quarterback Alex Doyle with 323 passing yards and four touchdowns. David Downey had 106 receiving yards and two touchdowns (21 and 63 yards); Jon Niland had 104 receiving yards; Hunter Haley had a 5-yard TD catch and Rich Yacovoni had 62 receiving yards including a 22-yard score. Kevin Greenman ran for 44 yards on four carries and added 20 receiving yards.

Defensively for the Tigers, Brayden Darr had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, Tyrus Sonneborn had nine stops and Yacovoni had an interception.

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