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Saints pull away in second half to knock off West Fork

Sep 18, 2020 10:45PM ● By Travis Charlson

Bradley Hackenmiller looks to break free after a nice first down catch. EJ Photo/Travis Charlson

With only a handful of minutes left in the first half, it looked like whoever had the ball last was going to walk away the winner when the Saints hosted West Fork on homecoming night Friday.
 
Both the St. Ansgar and Warhawk offenses marched down the field with ease on their first three possessions, and the score sat at 21-21 midway through the second quarter. 

West Fork QB Kayden Ames was carving up the Saints defense — either hitting receivers downfield or scrambling out of the pocket for big chunks of yardage. 

But when the sun fell below the horizon in the west, the Warhawk offense cooled off as the Saints defense heated up. St. Ansgar piled on two quick scores to close out the first half with a 35-21 lead, and held West Fork scoreless in the second half to go on to win 54-21. 

The Saints have seen a number of different players come in and out of the lineup due to injuries this year, but so far still boast an un-blemished record and have yet to win a game by fewer than 17 points. 

The Score: Saints outlast district foe West Fork 54-21 to improve to 4-0 on the season. 

What they’re saying: “We all came together, it was a big game for our [defensive] backs.. we changed a few things up and we were able to bring pressure and disrupt the quarterback.”  — Senior Elijah Soltero 

“The worst part of coaching is to see kids get banged up. We’ve been hit harder this year than most years in recent memory. When that happens, it’s tough for that player, but it’s also an opportunity for our young players to step up in situations they’ve never been in before. We preach that they need to be ready when they get their chance, and we feel that’s the difference between having a good team and a good program.” — Coach Drew Clevenger

Up next: The Saints hit the road to take on the 2-1 North Butler Bearcats.