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Saints edge Newman in a shootout

Oct 02, 2020 10:59PM ● By Travis Charlson

Elijah Soltero sacks the quarterback on 4th down to seal the victory. EJ Photo/Travis Charlson

Before tonight, St. Ansgar had only given up 6 points in the second half of a football game all season, all the way back on week 1 against Osage.

Tonight, the Saints for the first time had to keep their foot on the gas all 48 minutes to pull out the victory, edging out rival Newman Catholic in a shootout on the road. 

While they never led in the game, the Knights managed to hang tight with the Saints by hitting on big play after big play, and even got as close as 34-37 early in the fourth quarter. 

Newman had no answer for the Saints’ offense however, even allowing St. Ansgar to march down and score on a 99 yard drive at one point. 

After the Knights had brought the score to 37-34 in the fourth, the Saints’ Bradley Hackenmiller took the ensuing kick off all the way back for a touchdown, and a fourth down-sack by Elijah Soltero sealed the victory for the Saints just a few plays later

The Score: Saints beat Newman Catholic 44-34, improving to 6-0 on the season.

What they’re saying: “Newman is a scary team on offense —they’ve got some weapons on the outside and their quarterback is a good young player, and they proved that tonight. But their defense had no answer for us, they couldn’t stop us all night long. We knew it was going to be that type of game, so we had to be efficient on offense and we were.” - Coach Drew Clevenger

Up next: The Saints host Lake Mills next week in their final regular season game