St. Philip came out strong in its Saturday night contest against visiting Michigan Lutheran at C.W. Post Field, taking down the Titans by a score of 61-20.
At the half, the Fighting Tigers went to the locker room with a 55-6 advantage, and then allowed two touchdowns, aided by a Titans’ onside kick, in the fourth quarter.
With the victory, St. Philip improves to 5-0 on the season.
“There were some things we wanted to work on today, and we accomplished that,” St. Philip head coach Dave Downey said. “We wanted to take a look at a few people on defense, too, and we were able to take a look at those people tonight. We got a lot of kids in, and it’s a learning experience. All of our freshman were in there, and it was good experience for the younger kids to be on the field.”
Chris Kubasiak led the Fighting Tigers in rushing with 77 yards and a touchdown, while Brayden Darr ran for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Brendan Guasselin went 5-for-5 passing for 143 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Two of those touchdowns were caught by David Downey from 36 yards and 46 yards, while the other was caught by Evan Hanna on a 60 yard strike.
Ben Swagler also found the end zone on a 20 yard reception from Drew Lantinga.
Defensively, Trevor Searls had 10 tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery. Lantinga also contributed 10 tackles and a sack, while Darr and Kubasiak each had 10 tackles.
“Michigan Lutheran never quit” Downey said. “They played right down to the very last play, so I told they’re coach that they did a real nice job and that he should be proud of his team.”
St. Philip begins the meat of their regular season schedule next week when they take on a 4-1 Webberville team. The game with be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday at C.W. Post Field, and will be a memorial game dedicated to the late Tim May.
“Our goal is to be league champs,” said Downey. “Monday we’re going to start getting ready for Webberville. They’re a good team, so we’ve got our work cut out for us. It will be a big, emotional game for us, and the kids will be ready to play.”