In a battle of two unbeaten teams, it was St. Philip that stayed perfect.
St. Philip scored early and often as it defeated Portland St. Patrick, 68-14, to remain undefeated in this non-conference 8-man football game at Portland St. Patrick on Friday. St. Philip goes to 8-0 as the Shamrocks fall to 7-1.
“Our goal was to come up here and leave 8-0 and we accomplished that,” said Tiger coach Dave Downey, whose Tigers play Lawrence for the final game of the regular season next week. “This group has worked so hard and it’s finally paying off–we can’t be satisfied.”
The Tigers struck early with a 61-yard pass from quarterback Alex Doyle to wide receiver Hunter Haley with 9:34 left in the first quarter.
A big stop on fourth down with 7:05 left in the first quarter by linebacker Isaac Cloward forced a change in position, and gave the Tigers another opportunity to score. With 4:16 left in the period, defensive tackle Trevor Searls blocked a punt and recovered it inside the 20 to give the offense great field position. A minute later, Cloward scored on a 4-yard rush up the middle to increase the Tigers lead to 14-0.
Cloward was at it again before the quarter ended when he intercepted a Shamrock pass and took it 41 yards to the end zone to make the score 20-0 in favor of the Tigers.
Only a minute and 30 seconds into the second quarter, Tiger punt returner Haley returned a Shamrock punt 88 yards to stretch the first-half Tigers’ score to 26-0. With 4:58 left in the quarter, linebacker Kevin Greenman intercepted a Shamrock pass and 10 seconds later Greenman tacked on six points with a 10-yard sweep to the right side to put the Tigers up 33-0.
Nearing the end of the first half, Shamrock quarterback Joe Mackowiak’s pass to wide receiver John Carley made the score 33-8, as the 2-point conversion was good ending the shutout.
In the third quarter with 10:18 left, Doyle threw a 20-yard strike to Brayden Darr and increased the Tiger score 40-8. Three minutes later, Cloward was in the end zone again after he took a Doyle handoff 26 yards to give the Tigers a 47-8 lead.
St. Philip did not let up as it scored another touchdown with 2:19 left in the third quarter on a quarterback keeper from Doyle from a yard out to make it 54-14.
Early in the fourth quarter, Darr took a sweep to the left side 33 yards increasing the Tiger lead to 61-14. Late in the fourth, ball-carrier John Sweeney took an inside handoff 17 yards for six making the final score 68-14, Tigers.
Cloward led all rushers with 84 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns for St. Philip.
Defensively, the Tigers had five sacks and five forced turnovers. Leading the defense was Searls with 10 tackles, two sacks and a blocked punt with Tyrus Sonneborn adding eight tackles and a sack.