On a brisk, 46-degree October night, the Battle Creek St. Philip Tigers were able to out-throw, out-run and outscore the Webberville Aggies in 8-man regular season football action.
Saturday’s game, held at C.W. Post Field, featured the Tigers rushing for 258 yards and pitching a shutout against the Aggies, 49-0.
“I thought we came out focused in the first half,” Tigers’ head coach Dave Downey said. “It didn’t go the way we wanted to in the first quarter, but after he (Gausselin) settled down, we did a really nice job moving the ball. The defense was excellent tonight. To shut out Webberville is a really good accomplishment.”
Looking ahead, St. Philip (6-0) will play a home contest against Waldron (6-0) next Saturday at C.W. Post Field.
Early on, and the Tigers’ second possession of the game, St. Philip went 30 yards in three plays to take the early 7-0 lead. St. Philip’s running back Brayden Darr took a handoff give to the corner of the end zone from seven yards out with 6:50 left in the first.
The second play into the second quarter saw quarterback Brendan Gausselin connect with wide receiver Drew Lantinga from 21 yards out on a back-shoulder fade to give St. Philip a 14-0 lead. A few minutes later with 10:24 left in the half and Darr, again, added to the Tigers’ lead with a 32-yard scamper to make it 21-0.
But the Tigers didn’t stop there. Another two minutes went by and another St. Philip touchdown was scored. This time from 11 yards away as Darr scrambled from one side of the field to the other for his third score of the game.
The three scores in five minutes gave the Tigers a 28-0 lead. With 4:33 left in the half, the Tigers would make it a 35-0 game on a 13-yard, play-action-boot touchdown scramble by Gausselin. Gausselin, mixing it up, would then throw a 38-yard touchdown strike on the Tigers’ next possession.
At halftime, it was St. Philip 42-0. The Tigers would add another touchdown with 11:51 left in the fourth quarter when Darr – this time from 20 yards out – took the option in for the score.
For the Tigers, Darr had 10 carries for 168 yards and four scores, while Gausselin of 9-of-13 passing for 170 yards and three passing scores. David Downey had two receiving touchdowns for 31 and 38 yards. On defense, Grayson Obey, Trevor Searls and Lantinga all had 10 tackles.