The boys in blue looked like they had a score to settle from the start of the game. The stout defensive front locked in on the hard running attack of Northridge behind the strong play of new linebacker John Paul Lewis. The defense withstood the strong rushing game and gave the offense a chance to open the scoring on a 31-yard field goal by Patrick Oliva.
The two tough teams fought to a standstill in the second quarter. St. Joe had their chances, but a turnover in the red zone kept the Indians out. Defense held strong, however. The halftime score was too close at 3-0.
The third quarter was another defensive showcase leading to no change in the scoring. OLB Jeremy Klima and Dan Stone held the edge tightly, while the menacing Casey Conery kept the inside free of Raider runners.
When the Indians put up their 4th quarter hands, the determination in the eyes of the Indians was undeniable. They would not relinquish the lead. The Indians were going to will themselves to a victory. St. Joe missed a long field goal, but when Northridge went to their air game, Dan Stone brought a hard chop down on the ball of the Raider receiver forcing the ball out. Teddy Maginn jumped on the ball, and St. Joe was flying high. Finally, the green and yellow curtain defending the end zone opened up as John Driscoll stretched in for the only touchdown of the night. Northridge could not recover after the kickoff when it became apparent that Teddy Maginn developed a taste for pigskin. Maginn picked off the last chance for Northridge and the Indians celebrated the first home victory of the season.
Old school, physical football is always in style at Father Bly Field. Tonight was no different as the Indians held a 3-point differential until more than halfway through the fourth quarter. The Saint Joseph Indians flexed their defensive muscle in this hard fought revenge match against the Northridge Raiders.