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Friday the 13th Thriller at St. Joe's

September 15, 2019

What started out as a beautiful Friday night between the Faith Academy Cougars and the St. Joseph Eagles turned scary, fast. St. Joes left a Friday the 13th scar on the Cougars that they’ll never forget. The Eagles were celebrating the 125th year of St. Joseph’s Catholic School, along with homecoming, with their friends and family on Friday, but that wasn’t the only thing to celebrate; the Eagles were able to put up 61 points on the Cougars, while only allowing 6.

Faith Academy scored early, as Twister Barrington (#35) of St. Joes, fumbled away the ball leading to an easy 6 points for the Cougars. Once the Eagles got the ball back, they immediately put their foot on the gas and they never budged defensively. Matthew Nelson (#22), scored the first touchdown of the night for the Eagles, putting the team up 8-6 with 8:51 left to play in the first. They never looked back. Twister Barrington (#35) put the Eagles in good field position with a big punt return.  This, along with a good carry by James Najvar (#22), set up a touchdown by Matthew Nelson (#6). Eagles lead 14-6 with 5:27 left to play in the first. Again, Twister Barrington lead the charge for the team with a 20-yard gain that set up another Eagle touchdown. Barrington put the team up 22-6 with 2:50 left to play in the first. Quarterback, Trace Brightwell (#2), not only put on a show offensively, but defensively as well. He intercepted the ball with 2:18 left to play in the first, gaining 22 yards for the Eagles. James Najvar (#22) then had a 23-yard gain that set up a big 35-yard touchdown by Matthew Nelson (#6). Eagles led 30-6 with :18 left to play in the first.

The second half was just as dominate as the first for the Eagles.  The team forced a safety with 9:21 left to play in the second putting them up 32-6. James Najvar had a 22-yard reception for the team leading to good field position. Trace Brightwell ran the ball in for a touchdown with 6.55 left to play in the second, putting the Eagles up 39-6. A big fumble recovery by Roland George (#58), with 6:48 left to play, would set up yet another touchdown for the Eagles. Jake Drabek (#8) got in the endzone putting the Eagles up 46-6. The Eagles defense, Matthew Nelson (#6), recovered a second fumble on the night. A 44-yard reception by Reid Millhollon (#10) put the Eagles down at the 1-yard line. Twister Barrington (#35) carried the ball in for the 1-yard touchdown giving the team a 54-6 lead with 5:24 left to play in the second.  On the Eagles next drive, Justin Kristynik, got in the endzone as well putting the Eagles up 61-6.

The defense put in their fair share of work on the night not allowing Faith Academy to score again after their first drive of the game.  Rylee Hutka (#11) had numerous outstanding plays on the night. He hurried the quarterback on numerous occasions, forced incompletions on the Cougars offense, and pushed receivers out of bounds.  Matthew Nelson (#6) not only played well on offense, but on defense too. He finished the night with 1 tackle and multiple receivers pushed out of bounds. Reid Millhollon (#10) and James Najvar (#22) led the team in tackles, tied with 3, on the night. The Eagles offense truly mimicked the intensity of the defense and kept the team rolling. Twister Barrington’s tough running slowly broke down the Cougars defense throughout the game. Starting QB #2 Trace Brightwell also put on a show for Eagle fans by spreading the love to 5 different receivers before the game was called.

When talking to Head Coach Alec Castilleja after the game about who stood out the most, he said “everybody came into film this past week ready to work and get better.” Let’s hope the Eagles bring that same focus and effort this next week as they lineup against BVCHEA Mustangs at Home.

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