After a long wait, high school football is finally back! On Thursday night, the Fire football team took on St. Cloud Cathedral. After a huge tailgate that included pizza, frozen yogurt, volleyball, and even a pool, the fans were ready for football to finally resume.
The Fire received the opening kickoff, and went to work quickly. After driving their way methodically down the field, sophomore Dominic Phillips scored, putting the Fire up by 6-0 after a blocked extra point.
The rest of the first half saw both teams trading possessions with no points scored. The third quarter was very similar, the only scoring came on a 35 yard field goal by sophomore Colin Neve. The Fire held a 9-0 lead going into the final 12 minutes of the game.
The score was still 9-0 with 5 minutes remaining in the game, but St.Cloud Cathedral was not ready to give up. A costly turnover on a punt gave the Crusaders the ball at the Fire 8 yard line. They were able to score and bring the game back to one possession. St. Cloud Cathedral held the Fire to a 3 and out and got the ball back with enough time to try to score. Fortunately, the defense stood their ground and forced the Crusaders to turn the ball over. The Fire then went into victory formation and took a knee to secure the win.
Holy Family generated 209 yard of total offense and held St. Cloud Cathedral to 94 yards. Brendan O’Connor was the leading rusher for the Fire with 66 yards and Michael Furlong was the leading receiver with 32 yards. Sophomore quarterback Jacob Zay threw for 41 yards on 4 completions. The Fire take on Annandale at home this Friday.
This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper.