SUGAR GROVE – Fisher Catholic pulled out a close 10-7 win Friday in Mid-State League Cardinal play over Berne Union.
“It was a game of character for us,” coach Mike Yonnotti said. “I don’t know that they believed that they had it in them. That’s a pretty good football over here (Berne Union). And it was a physical game. We did what we had to do when we needed to. We made a couple mistakes. That’s great team, but our kids stepped forward and showed that they had some character to.”
The Irish (3-2, 2-0) took a 7-0 lead with 3:17 left in the first quarter when quarterback Jared Faulkner hit Logan Loy with a 7-yard scoring pass.
The Rockets (2-3, 1-2) tied it with 11:33 left in the second quarter on quarterback Hanson Holter’s 31-yard touchdown run. The Irish came back with Travis Bales’ 22-yard field goal with 1:06 left in the first half to end the scoring for both teams. The Fisher Catholic defense held on to the slim 3-point lead for the rest of the game to preserve the win.
Hayden Muckensturm led the way for the Irish by rushing for 136 yards on 21 carries. Allen McCall added 94 yards on 17 carries and Faulkner completed three of six passes for 21 yards.
Holter completed five of 11 passes for 34 yards and ran for 102 yards on 12 carries.
The loss was especially tough for the Rockets as Bishop Reese left the game in the first half with what Rocket coach Steve Daulton said was a lower-leg injury. He said Reese was taken to the hospital via ambulance for evaluation and said he hoped nothing was broken.
“He got tackled out of bounds and then he was limping pretty good,” Daulton said. “When he ran off the field, I thought that maybe he would be OK. But if you take and ambulance ride it’s probably not a very good thing.”
Daulton said he thought his team handled Reese’s injury well and that the team does have some depth to help deal with it.
“But you know, a talented senior like that and we don’t have a lot of seniors to begin with, that certainly doesn’t help your ability to execute some of your game plan that you have,” he said.
Daulton said he was happy with the second-half shutout his defense laid on the Irish though.
“Most of the time you expect that’s probably going to lead to a win,” he said. “This is a great rivalry game. Maybe 10-7 was boring to watch or it may have been boring on the stat line, but there were some good plays. That was another good game of high school football. There’s still some growing pains that we have to learn from and move on. We still have a lot of sophomores playing and I know at one point I looked out at our defense in the second half and we didn’t have a senior on the field.”