Boys Varsity Football · Indians Outlast the Blazers

29 Saint Joseph High School
27 Elkhart Central High School
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Saint Joseph High School vs Elkhart Central High School
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1 7   7
2 7   13
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St. Joe opened up the scoring on a 2 yard sneak by Ashton Ruszkowski. Patrick Oliva kicked the extra point. Elkhart Central answered with a touchdown of their own, and the score was tied 7-7 after the first quarter.

John Driscoll scored in the 2nd quarter from 20 yards out. Oliva was true again on his kick. Elkhart responded with a touchdown, but the extra point missed and St. Joe maintained a slim lead. St. Joe then attempted a field goal that was blocked. Elkhart lined up a few minutes later for their own field goal, but Gavin Stefanek tipped the ball just enough to push the ball wide of the field goal. Elkhart then got the ball back with under a minute. A 50 yard bomb put Elkhart up 20-14 at the half.

The Indians regrouped at halftime with an aggressive defense. When the Indians forced the Blazers to punt, that gave John Driscoll an opportunity for his second touchdown of the night as he galloped 50 yards. Then after a penalty pushed the ball to the one and a half yard line, Driscoll converted for two points and the Indians were back on top. Another defensive stand gave the high powered Indian offense the ball again. Ashton Ruszkowski scored his second touchdown on a 6 yard run. Oliva’s kick put the Indians up 29-20.

The Indians continued their defensive attack in the 4th quarter spurred by a massive hit by Kenzel Kelly on Elkhart’s hybrid back. Then Trevor Gichachi forced a fumble that was recovered by Casey Coleman. After a short possession, Elkhart exploded with a 60 yard touchdown pulling the Blazers within 2. Elkhart got the ball back for one more shot at the end of the game, but a Blackshirt sack finished the job and the Indians won the game. This victory gave St. Joe its fourth win over a ranked opponent this year as the game ended 29-27, Indians.