Men’s interhall squads begin season
Siegfried Ramblers def. Knott Juggerknotts 21-0
Siegfried defeated Knott 21-0 to kick off the first game of the men’s interhall season and to claim dominance over Mod Quad.
The first quarter consisted of many possession changes as the two teams failed to get on the scoreboard. Siegfried’s first drive developed from a strong and consistent running game until a long pass by sophomore quarterback Andrew Steiner connected with senior receiver Max Krohn, which got the Ramblers inside the red zone.
However, Knott seemed to turn the tables almost immediately. The Juggerknotts sacked the Siegfried quarterback and proceeded to intercept the ball at the goal line despite an offensive pass interference call against the Ramblers.
Knott could not take advantage of the momentum swing, however, as Siegfried forced and recovered a fumble before the Juggerknotts could reach a first down. The second quarter highlighted Krohn as the key player to the game, as the Siegfried receiver had a stellar catch to set up his teammate for a run into the end zone for a 7-0 lead, and praised the play of his quarterback after the game.
“We came into this game without our main quarterback of last year, but our guy Steiner stepped up,” Krohn said. “He really showed he could run the ball and throw the ball. It was fun to see that Steiner was throwing [passes] up there, and that we were bringing them down.”
Knott did not see much success in the passing game during the second quarter. Once the Juggerknotts decided to focus on the run game, Siegfried forced another fumble and gained possession.
The Ramblers worked their way to the end zone, with their running back breaking through the defensive pile to score and push the Ramblers to a 14-0 lead over the Juggerknotts.
During the second half, Siegfried moved the chains with a long pass by Steiner to get into the red zone, where the sophomore quarterback was able to scramble and find Krohn in the end zone. Knott nearly blocked the extra point, but the Ramblers converted it successfully to extend their lead to 21-0.
The rest of the game was push and shove from both sides, as neither team scored during the fourth quarter.
Looking ahead, Knott will take on Dunne next week, while Siegfried will face Sorin. Both games will take place at 1 p.m. at Ricci Family Fields.
Fisher Green Wave hold the lead over Duncan Highlanders 12-7
The Green Wave and Highlanders matched up Sunday afternoon for a close and intense game, which was stopped prematurely due to rain with a score of 12-7 favoring the Green Wave.
Alex Raymond, a junior cornerback and wide receiver for the Green Wave, managed to intercept a pass on the Highlander’s first drive. Due to a long reception by Raymond a few plays later, Fisher only needed a short run into the end zone to put them up 6-0 with a recalled PAT.
In response, the Highlanders quickly drove down and scored thanks to both runs and passes by their senior quarterback, Matthew Kase, putting them up 7-6. However, their lead did not last long, with the Green Wave’s next play being a Hail Mary to Raymond who ran it in for the touchdown.
With less than a minute before half, the Highlanders threatened to score and take the lead. However, a forced fumble by Fisher junior Jorge Melendez on his own ten-yard line ensured the Green Wave’s lead of 12-7 going into half. Daniel Ridzik, Fisher’s senior captain, praised Melendez’s pivotal play.
“I want to give a shout out to Jorge Melendez,” Ridzik said. “He forced the fumble on their drive, which was huge. They were driving down the field and if they were to have scored there they probably would have taken a 14-12 lead.”
During the third quarter, the game was delayed and eventually called off due to lightning strikes in the area. With the score at 12-7, Duncan still has ample opportunity to come back and win, as the Highlanders and Green Wave will continue this game in three weeks when they match up Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. on Ricci Family Field.
Duncan’s sophomore captain Kyle Tomshack said he saw many positives with his team’s performance.
“There were a lot of guys who stepped up and showed they can play,” Tomshack said. “I thought our quarterback Matthew Kase showed a lot of heart of his runs — he was really going hard at it.”
Duncan and Fisher will use this game as preparation for next week’s games against Carroll and Morrissey, respectively.
Stanford Griffins def. Keenan Knights 14-6
In the latest chapter of the rivalry known as the “Battle for the Chapel” between the adjoined dorms of Stanford and Keenan, the Griffins proved victorious, winning 14-6 Sunday afternoon.
Building upon the championship success of last year’s football team, the Griffins came out of the gate firing. Junior quarterback Chase Jennings marched them downfield on their first drive, picking apart the Knights’ defense with quick outs and calmly scrambling for first downs when nothing was available. The drive culminated in a bruising 10-yard touchdown run that foreboded a long day for Keenan.
The Griffins hopes could have been dashed when Jennings tweaked his knee on the Griffins’ second drive, thrusting the offense into the hands of freshman quarterback Kellen Round. However, the fears of the Griffin faithful were allayed quickly as Round displayed his accurate long ball throughout the day, connecting on a 40-yard bomb midway through the second quarter to put the Griffins up 14-0 at halftime.
The Knights struggled to get much of anything going in the first three quarters, but the fourth was an entirely different story. They relied on the arm of junior quarterback Daniel Lindstrom, who repeatedly fired downfield to hit speedy receivers on go routes, one of which brought the score to 14-6 late in the fourth. However, the Knights missed the extra point, and Lindstrom threw two untimely interceptions in the second half, further killing the Knights’ momentum.
Keenan senior captain Gregory Brainard said they had many positive takeaways from the game despite the loss.
“We’re generally pretty comfortable with our defense,” Brainard said. “Stanford played a great game and their offense was just effective at the right times. This week in practice, we’re going to spend more time on the offensive side of the ball. We have just got to make sure that our quarterback and receivers are in sync because we came out a little flat-footed today in the first half.”
Keenan will look to bounce back next week against St. Edward’s, while Stanford will look to remain undefeated when it takes on Zahm at 2:15 p.m. next Sunday at Ricci Family Fields.