Siegfried beats Knott in game with five turnovers, Morrissey upsets Stanford
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Siegfried def. Knott
By Darcy Dehais
Siegfried defeated rival Knott on Sunday in a 9-6 heartbreaker. Both teams played tough defense in a close game highlighted by five turnovers.
The Juggerknotts (0-2) threw two costly interceptions early in the game, including one that left Siegfried (2-0) with excellent field position on the 15-yard line. Ramblers kicker sophomore Michael Bernard converted the only field goal of the game to end the drive.
Despite the loss, senior Knott captain John Tulloh was happy with his team’s performance overall.
“We played out of our minds,” Tulloh said. “We had a couple plays that didn’t go our way, but I was really happy with how we played. We got to see everything come together, which is nice.”
Knott scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter, but failed to complete a pass for a two-point conversion. The Juggerknotts ended the first half on an interception.
Senior Siegfried captain Mark Egan was pleased with the team’s efforts and said the bye week helped them to prepare.
“We played a great game,” Egan said. “We had a little extra time to get ready, and I’m really happy with how everybody did. Everybody played their hardest.”
Leading the Juggerknotts’ offense was Knott freshman running back Kevin Bailey with several long carries.
“[Bailey] played out of his mind,” Tulloh said. “Especially in the first half, he had an incredible game for us.”
On the other side, Siegfried’s offense was led by junior receiver Isaac Althoff. The win was sealed for the Ramblers with a flea flicker to senior Tyler “Bubba” Lough, giving the Ramblers the lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Egan said Siegfried looks forward to its next game in its quest for another championship this year.
“We’re going to keep preparing for the next game,” Egan said. “Every game is a must-win.”
Following fall break, Knott will play Duncan and Siegfried will face Stanford. Both games will take place at the LaBar Practice Complex on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.
Carroll def. Dunne
By Meagan Bens
With a dynamic running and passing game, Carroll secured another win 28-0 against Dunne.
After suffering from a lack of players last week and a loss, Carroll senior captain Anthony Vallera said he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I thought we played really well,” Vallera said. “It was good to have everyone back and everyone was functioning pretty well. There were a couple misplays mostly by me, but all in all it was a very solid performance. It was a good bounce back from last week.”
After losing to the Vermin (2-1), Dunne (1-1) senior captain Joseph Schudt said Carroll’s success was due to its balance.
“Offensively, they could pass and run and they scored three touchdowns quickly,” Schudt said. “Their defense was also solid. At halftime, we knew they were just bigger and more athletic, so going into the second half we just went in trying to score some points and have some fun.”
Walking away with a win, Vallera said he is prepared for the final regular season game after break.
“From this point, we just have to get some solid practices in,” Vallera said. “We are going to have to win to be sure that we will make it to the playoffs — we would leave it to chance if we go two and two. We are still looking to make a strong run and I look forward to taking this to Fisher after fall break. They are also our rivals, so we have to beat them.”
To finish the regular season, Carroll will compete against Fisher and Dunne will face St. Edward’s, both at 2:15 p.m., at the LaBar Practice Complex on Oct. 30.
Morrissey def. Stanford
By Mia Berry
Morrissey upset unbeaten Stanford with a score of 24-0, earning its first victory of the year in its final game.
Morrissey (1-2) struck first when freshman quarterback Redmond Tuttle rushed 15 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter, giving Morrissey an 8-0 lead at halftime.
Stanford (2-1) tried to make a comeback after halftime by driving to the red zone in back-to-back possessions. One red-zone drive was aided by an interception caught by senior cornerback Justin Witte and the other was aided by Morrissey penalties. However, both possessions came up empty due to a fumble and an interception. Stanford capitalized on the turnovers, with two touchdown receptions, one for freshman tight end Evan Slattery and the other for sophomore receiver Ryan Richelsen. Morrissey also converted on all three 2-point attempts to finish the game with 24 points.
When asked about his team’s performance, Griffins senior captain Kevin Kohler was dejected, but still optimistic about the rest of the season leading up to playoffs.
“I’m pretty disappointed,” Kohler said. “We kind of laid down and died at the end of the game when we gave up another touchdown. We weren’t too happy about that, and we had two red zone turnovers, which we can’t do. It kills drives and it kills momentum. We just have to fine tune some things. Today was one of those days where everything just went wrong. Full speed ahead, we still have a lot of confidence moving forward and we believe we’re still the team to beat in the playoffs.”
Despite this being its last game, Morrissey senior captain Nicholas Sywyj was happy with his team’s final performance, he said.
“It was definitely great to end on such a high note,” Sywyj said. “This was the team I knew we could be, but we weren’t playing to our full capacity early on in the season. We can hold our heads high for finishing strong and getting the win against a great opponent in Stanford.”
Morrissey is done for the year, but coming back from fall break, Stanford will look to rebound from the loss when it faces Siegfried at 1 p.m. on Oct. 30 at LaBar Practice Complex.
Dillon def. Keough
By Kyle Barry
Dillon found a way to beat Keough 8-7 at LaBar Practice Complex on Sunday.
Both teams were tough on defense throughout the first half as neither Dillon (2-0) nor Keough (0-2) were able to score; the score was still 0-0 at halftime. On the first possession of the second half, though, Kangaroos senior quarterback Matt Mooney tossed a 35-yard pass to give the Kangaroos a 7-0 lead.
Dillon attempted to answer with a drive of its own, but Kangaroos junior captain Danny Childers recovered a costly fumble by Big Red just outside the red zone to maintain the seven-point lead in the third quarter.
Late in the fourth, a pass interference call on fourth down gave Dillon a first down inside the red zone. The Big Red took advantage of the penalty two plays later, running over the goal line to pull within one point of tying the game against Keough.
The Big Red, led offensively by sophomore Mike Cahill, went for two and found senior wideout Tom Waytula in the end zone to take an 8-7 lead with minutes left in the game.
Dillon junior captain John Walsh said his team’s win was deserved.
“It came down to execution,” Walsh said. “We got it done.”
Walsh, who said earlier in the week that he didn’t know what to expect from his team since its first game was a win by forfeit, still has questions on how his team can adjust better in future games.
“We have a lot of changes to make,” Walsh said. “It was nice to get the win, but we need to improve on everything.”
As for the Kangaroos, it was a hard loss to take, Childers said, but he also was proud of his team’s overall performance throughout the game.
“I’m proud of the way our team was able to hang in there ‘til the end,” Childers said. “It could’ve gone either way, but I’m proud of how hard they’ve fought.”
The Big Red looks to build on this win when it takes the field against Alumni at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 at LaBar Practice Complex, while the Kangaroos will need to beat O’Neill at the same time and place in order to stay alive for a spot in the playoffs.