The St. Patrick Shamrocks hosted the Broncos of Bellevue on Friday night in a battle of unbeaten teams.
The Broncos scored first with an eight play, 60-yard drive. The drive was topped off with a two-yard touchdown run by Bellevue’s senior running back Ryan Mandry. The two-point conversion was stopped by the Shamrock defense, putting the score at Bellevue six, St. Patrick zero, with 7:29 left in the first quarter.
The Shamrock offense was able to move the ball with some mixed success, but was unable to put the ball in the end zone in the first half. The half ended six-zero.
The Broncos threatened again early in the third quarter, but the Shamrock defense made an impressinve stand with a 4th down and seven situation on their own 12.
The Shamrock offense started to get some momentum back in the ensuing six play drive with, earning two first downs, but fumbled the ball and Bellevue recovered on their 47.
On the Broncos second play of that possession, junior quarterback Gino Costello connected with senior receiver Trent Neal for a 55-yard touchdown pass. The two-point attempt was no good, and the Broncos led 12 to zero with 3:53 to go in the third quarter.
The Broncos scored again with 11:53 left in the fourth quarter on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Costello to junior receiver Trent Neal. Costello was able to push it through the Shamrock defense for the two-point conversion, making the score 20-zero.
Shamrock sophomore John Schneider ran the Bronco kick back 20 yards, starting the drive on their 40. On the second play of the drive, Shamrock junior quarterback Tanner Lawson connected with senior receiver Colin Cook for a 52-yard gain, leaving the Shamrocks sitting first down and goal on the Bronco five-yard line. Lawson ran it in for the touchdown himself on the following play. The two-point conversion pass was incomplete, and the score was 20-six with 10:27 remaining in the game.
The Broncos responded with a 10 play, five-minute 32 second drive, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by junior running back Zach Ruhl. The conversion run by Ruhl was good, putting the score at Bellevue 28, St. Patrick six, with 4:55 remaining in the game.
The Shamrocks did not give up. They drove the ball down to the Bronco 23 on their next possession, but Lawson struggled to handle a shotgun snap, and the Bronco defense recovered the ball.
Bellevue was then able to successfully run out the clock, coming out with the 28-six win, and moving to a four win and zero loss record.
The Shamrock record moves to three wins and one loss. They will host Tekonsha next week in their homecoming game.