There is more than one way to skin a kat. On Friday night, in fact, the Indians found 5 ways by expertly wielding their tomahawks to force turnovers by the Kankakee Valley Kougars.
The Indians started things right with a good defensive stand, forcing a punt that Noah Hickey returned to the 15 yard line. Then Ashton Ruszkowski punched in the first touchdown from 4 yards out. Patrick Oliva kicked the extra point. On the next possession, Hickey intercepted the KV pass leading to a 12 yard touchdown run by John Driscoll. Again, Oliva kicked the extra point. Then the Indian defense held KV to a field goal attempt the came up short.
In the second quarter, St. Joe punted, but the wind took the punt and led to a muffed handling. Dan Stone recovered the ball. Right away, John Paul Lewis burst for 54 yards. After Oliva’s extra point, St. Joe led 21-0. On the next possession, Kankakee Valley fumbled again and Stone landed on the ball again. This time Driscoll scored through the air on a 16 yard pass from Ruszkowski. Oliva continued his perfect night and split the uprights. Once more the Indian defense caused a fumble that was recovered by Mark Hiestand this time. Soon thereafter, Hickey caught a Ruszkowski pass for 31 yards and 6 points. Then Oliva kicked another extra point. The half ended with Indians up 35-0 when Lewis intercepted the Kougar pass.
The third quarter featured one score by the Indians when Patrick Oliva kicked his 6th football through the goalposts for a 25 yard field goal.
The fourth quarter saw all healthy Indians play, but the Kougars were able to recover an onside kick and a fumble to score three touchdowns. The Indians ended the last football game ever on Fred Jones Field by winning and advancing 38-21 in the Sectional. Friday the Indians host another wildcat when the New Prairie Cougars come to Fr. Bly Field.