St. Matthew Tie-gers come up short against St. Patrick Irish
By Fred Sherwin
St. Matthew Tigers came within a foot of winning their first game of the season
on Thursday. Instead they had to settle for a tie against the St. Patrick Irish
on a day better suited to watching football on television than playing in the
wet conditions played a major factor in a game that was marred by nearly a dozen
fumbles. At one point, the two teams exchanged possession three times on three
consecutive turnovers. One person who wasn't effected by the steady downpour was
Michael Black who pounced on three loose balls and very nearly had a fourth recovery
late in the game.
of Black's fumble recoveries came on special teams. The second turnover very nearly
resulted in a go ahead field goal, but Tom Cunningham's 17-yard attempt hit the
crossbar which meant they weren't even able to get a single out of the play which
would have won them the game.
Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a 25-yard pass over the middle from
Jamie Ryan to Ben Rozman. The Irish then tied the game early in the second quarter.
rest of the game was a battle for field position punctuated by turnover after
turnover. The play of the game came late in the fourth quarter. With plenty of
time still on the clock, Ryan had to punt the ball from deep in his own end zone.
With very little margin for error, he unleashed a 48-yard effort that very nearly
resulted in a turnover. As it was, the Irish were forced to try and move the ball
to within kicking distance.
Pat's managed to get inside the Tigers' 40-yard line before being stopped on third
and two to end the game.
Tigers are now 0-1-1 and must face the St. Peter Knights in their next game. St.
Pete's had trouble of its own against the Irish last week, when they failed to
move the ball through the air. Look for the Knighs to make a change at quarterback
and go option to capitalize on the depth they have at running back.
7:30 p.m., Oct. 2)
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