Volume 10 Week 10

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Senior Boys Football
St. Matthew Tie-gers come up short against St. Patrick Irish

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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 rain

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.

Two 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.

The 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.

The 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.

St. Pat's managed to get inside the Tigers' 40-yard line before being stopped on third and two to end the game.

The 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.

(Posted 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2)

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