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Saints edge GHV in smash-mouth football game

Sep 04, 2020 09:54PM ● By Travis Charlson

Sage Hulshizer knocks down a 40 yd. field goal in Friday's win. EJ Photo/Travis Charlson

It was a hard-fought, smash-mouth win for the Saints Friday night, as third-ranked class A St. Ansgar defended their home turf with a 23-6 win over class 2A Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.

It wasn't the usual 50-point scoring onslaught Saints fans have been accustomed to seeing the last few seasons, but Friday's victory was a hallmark win for St. Ansgar's 2020 campaign. 

Head Coach Drew Clevenger says the Saints aren't necessarily where they want to be yet, but they have a chance to be a really good team this season and tonight's win was a big step towards that goal. 

The score: The Saints held a slim 10-6 lead at half after Sage Hulshizer knocked down a 40-yard field goal. St. Ansgar held the Cardinals scoreless in the second half going on to win 23-6.

What they’re saying:
“Garner is a tremendously physical and big football team. It was a real important game for us to play — they’re a class 2A team and that will help us down the road as we get into district play and post season play.”
— STA coach Drew Clevenger

“They’re a real tough team, it was a real dog fight out there. It felt good to pull away with that one....Sometimes we back it up [in practice] and see if I can nail it. I’ve made a few of them, but sometimes they’re short or off to the left or something.”
— Senior Sage Hulshizer, on playing GHV and hitting his 40 yd. field goal. 

Up next: The Saints begin district play next Friday when they travel to Nashua-Plainfield with kickoff set for 7 p.m.