Eagles three-peat as district champs

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By Jared Hoesel
Eagle Staff

 The Eagles won their third straight district championship on Friday November 7, after a dominating

38-14 win against their district rivals St. Pius X.

Coming into the game both the Eagles and Panthers had records of 8-1, including a district record of

3-0.

This was arguably the most important game of the regular season for both teams because it meant the

winner of the game would have a first-round bye in the playoffs.

After receiving the kickoff, the Eagles hoped to start the game with a quick score.

The first touchdown from the Eagles came barely a minute into the game on a 58 yard run by

quarterback Michael Keating. After an intercepted pass by Jordan Lawrence, the Eagles started their

next scoring drive at the Panthers 15 yard line.

The Eagles added three more points behind the leg of Jack Brady after a 26-yard field goal to make

the score 10-0.

The Panthers were shut out in the first quarter but were the first to strike in the second after a 24-

yard touchdown pass from St. Pius’s quarterback Clay Roberts to wide receiver Sam Vitulli. The

Panthers followed this score with a 1-yard rushing touchdown from running back Micah Massey a few

minutes later bringing the score to 14-10 with the Panthers up on the Eagles.

After the chants of “I believe that we will win” by the St. Pius X student section the Eagles knew they

had to respond.

Going into the locker-room at half-time down 10-14 the Eagles needed a spark to come out strong in

the second half. The team split its offensive and defensive personnel where they made adjustments to

their game plan.

The Eagles opened scoring in the second half with Keating’s second rushing touchdown which came

from 6 yards out. With the Eagles up 17-14, the Panthers went to the passing game to get themselves

back in the game.

After a desperate attempt for a third-down conversion the Panther pass was intercepted by junior

Peyton Ross. Even with this turnover the Eagles would come up empty on this drive and in the third

quarter as did the Panthers.

Heading into the fourth quarter with the Eagles up by three, the Panthers were trying to get a stop

which would give them decent field position.

On a first down on the Eagles own 16-yard line Keating had a magnificent scramble and completed a

pass downfield to Jones in which he shook off a defender and out ran the defense for an 84 yard

touchdown, putting the Eagles up by 10.

The Panthers were starting to get very desperate, and this was evident in their poor decision making

when Roberts threw his third interception of the game to sophomore Grant Delpit.

After a few defensive penalties by the Panthers, Keating faked the hand-off to junior William Heck

and threw him an 8 yard touchdown pass.

With the deficit growing the St. Pius student section began to diminish, and their “I believe that we

will win” chants had all but stopped.

After a threatening drive by the Panthers they took a shot to the end zone where the Eagles had their

fourth interception of the game. This interception by senior Carson Storie was returned 97 yards to

the house for another touchdown.

With the Eagles up 24 points in the fourth quarter the game was convincingly decided. The Eagles

had clinched their third straight district championship against their division rivals. All of the

confidence that the Panthers had before the game was gone after the blowout.

With the win the Eagles had secured a first round bye and will play the Argyle Liberty Christian in the

first round Saturday at Granger Stadium at 5 p.m.

 

 

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