Dillon attempts to defeat defending-champs Keough in season-opener
Alex Carson | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Keough looks to take its first step towards repeating last season’s interhall title when it goes up against Dillon on Sunday afternoon.
While the Kangaroos lost some production due to graduation — including their starting quarterback Seamus Donegan — they also return some players who made an impact in the championship game. Junior receiver and captain Mitchell Patin returns after catching the winning touchdown pass at Notre Dame Stadium a year ago, while sophomore defensive back Matthew Mooney returns after making a crucial interception in the title game.
When the two teams met last season, Keough ran its way to a 22-0 victory over Dillon. The Big Red finished 2-2 last season, good enough to sneak into the playoffs where they fell to Keenan. While the Dillon offense sputtered at times last year — scoring under five points per game — junior quarterback and captain Colin Cunningham said his team hopes to get production through the air on the offensive side of the ball.
“We’re going to try to throw the ball as much as we can,” Cunningham said. “But the game plan might change throughout the game depending on how we do.”
Dillon will look towards a crop of new players this year to try and get them to the top.
“On defense we’ve got a [junior] safety named Brian Walter who’s really, really good,” Cunningham said. “It’s his first year playing interhall so he’ll be one to watch. On offense we’ve got a [sophomore] running back named Morris LaGrand and it’s also his first time playing. He was a stud in high school.”
The Big Red will look to upset last season’s champions Sunday at the Riehle Fields at 1:00 p.m.
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