On Saturday, October 5th, the Shamrocks hosted Manistee Catholic Central for St. Patrick's 68th annual Homecoming event. The crowd was large, and the Shamrocks didn't disappoint, defeating the Sabres 60-12.
St. Patrick's wasted no time in this game, scoring on their first possession, on a 13 yard rush by Ned Smith. They scored on their next possession as well, on a 33 yard pass from Connor Cross to Ned Smith. Jeff Davlin locked down a 26 yard field goal on the next series, followed by another score by Ned Smith, this time on a 47 yard scamper. This left the score 22-0 after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter, the Shamrocks again maintained their dominance, scoring on a 21 yard pass to Zach Spitzley. The Sabres struck back, completing a long pass and punching it in from the 3 yard line. The Shamrocks scored again, when Alex Kissane took it to the house, juking and jiving for a 60 yard kickoff return. Zach Spitzley sacked the quarterback in the endzone for a safety on the next defensive series and the Shamrocks again had good field position. Derec Fedewa burst around the end for a 34 yard rushing td. Again the Shamrock defense stifled the Sabres, when Jacobe Hayes-Dunning scored another safety. Payton Russman put another score on the board, powering his way into the endzone for a 30 yard score. This left the score 53-6 going into halftime.
After halftime, the Shamrocks scored one more time when Ned Smith ran over three defenders en route to a 32 yard run. The Sabres struck one last time, slipping out of the defenders clutches, making the final score 60-12.
Offensive leaders were Ned Smith who had 5 carries for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns and 1 reception for 33 yards and a touchdown, Derec Fedewa who had 4 carries for 59 yards and 1 touchdown. Zach Spitzley also had two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Defensive leaders were myriad, with Jacobe Hayes-Dunning getting 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss (TFL) and 1 safety, Ned Smith had 6 tackles, Riley and Alex Kissane both had 5 tackles, Shane Cook had 4 tackles and 1 interception, and Derec Fedewa had 4 tackles.
The Shamrocks host Onekama next Saturday for a grudge match. Onekama is the team that ended the Shamrocks season in the semi-finals last year and it should be a good game to watch. Time for the game is currently scheduled at 7 pm, Saturday October 12th, but there is a possibility that it could be earlier on Saturday afternoon.
Editors Note: You can find more details from the St. Patrick vs. Manistee Catholic Central at the Bleacher Denizen at https://thebleacherdenizen.blogspot.com/2019/10/manistee-catholic-central-at-portland.html