The Saint Joseph High School Indians battled the Concord Minutemen on a steamy August night at Jake Field in Dunlap, IN. This battle of Titans from the NIC and the NLC has been hotly contested in recent years. One major difference in this Friday night’s outcome was the rushing of John Driscoll behind US Air Force Academy commit Mark Hiestand and the other White Dogs of St. Joe.
Q1: The first quarter was a stalemate. While the Minutemen held the ball for most of the quarter on a 13-play drive, the Blackshirt defense held Concord scoreless after a missed field goal attempt.
Q2: In the second quarter, momentum swung St. Joe’s way after a 60-yard drive ended with an Ashton Ruszkowski pass finding Conner Ratigan in the southwest corner of the end zone. The ensuing extra point was blocked. After a short defensive stand, the Indians scored on a 42-yard field goal by Patrick Oliva, giving St. Joe a 9-0 halftime lead.
Q3: The Indians took the ball in the second half but failed to get points. The defense, however, stood strong once again forcing a punt. Gavin Stefanek flew in off the edge to block the Concord punt. Stefanek picked up his own blocked punt and stumbled toward the end zone, falling three yards short of the goal line. John Driscoll finished the job with a short run for six points. Again, Concord blocked the extra point attempt. Defense responded and got the ball back to Ashton Ruszkowski, who used his legs to add another touchdown. This time the kick was good. Early season football games force teams to face another opponent–the humidity. Key players on both sides started to show signs of fatigue and dehydration with multiple players falling prey to muscle cramps. This cramping left an opportunity for Concord who scored their first touchdown late in the 3rd quarter. The Indians went into the final 12 minutes leading 22-7.
Q4: St. Joe responded to the adversity with the legs of John Driscoll. Driscoll’s 50-yard scamper gave the Indians another three score lead midway through the fourth. The two-point attempt failed. A desperation throw from Concord with under 2 minutes to go resulted in the final score of the night. Saint Joe recovered the onside kick, and the Indians were able to finish the job with a final score of 28-14.