Anybody who follows football knows how the City of Brotherly love fared this season when the Philadelphia Eagles finally ended their Superbowl drought. Well the brotherly love of the Saint Joseph Indians is legendary, and tonight they showed how powerful that love is. Remember: love conquers all.
The tenacious Indian defense showed its mettle once again this week by holding the Marian Knights to a mere 6 first downs in the game. Fighting against the mental obstacle of Marian’s short winning streak, the Indians kept their composure throughout a variety of challenges.
The first half was a scoreless battle that featured a blocked field goal by Mark Hiestand and an interception by Conor Ratigan and the good guys went into the locker room with resolve to win the game.
The offense bared their White Dog teeth in the third quarter with a 50-yard drive down the field. The brotherhood of the St. Joe team bonded tighter throughout the drive to get the bad guys gasping for air and stumbling backwards. Then John Driscoll popped out with a run to the one-yard line, but a hard-hit jarred the football out. Fortunately, Patrick Driscoll had his brother’s back and covered the squirting football for the lone Indian touchdown. Patrick Oliva’s kick was true and Indians took a lead.
The defense stopped the Knights again, but a mishandled punt gave the football to Marian on the 12-yard line. A tough goal line stand slipped just enough to let Marian into the end zone. The ensuing snap, however, slid past the holder and Jeremy Klima pounced on it. The Indians held a tenuous 1-point lead with 5 minutes to go. The Indian brotherhood has the will to win woven into their very DNA, so the final series of possessions kept the Knights from any serious threats. The final sting came from a Noah Hickey interception to seal the victory.
In case your counting, by the way, the current streak for St. Joe vs. Marian is 1 and 0, and nothing else matters.