PORTLAND — The St. Philip football team scored seven touchdowns on Friday, but it was a standout effort by the defense that made the difference in a 45-20 victory over host Portland St. Patrick in 8-Player action.
The No. 3-ranked Fighting Tigers (8-0) stayed unbeaten heading into next week’s huge clash with top-ranked Lawrence.
“The defense played really solid game again,” said St. Philip head coach Dave Downey. “Portland is a real good team. They came out and ran the ball really hard and our defense came to play. I thought we did a good job of stopping them. They did score 20 points, but scored with 10 seconds to go. I thought our defense played well.”
Brayden Darr led the defensive effort for St. Philip with a team-high 14 tackles, while rushing for 164 yards and three scores (6, 86, 1) on 20 carries.
Also for the defense, David Downey had nine tackles and an interception; Drew Lantinga had 13 tackles and Trevor Searls had 11 stops.
Brendan Gausselin threw 10-of-19 for 219 yards and four touchdowns; Lantinga had 10 carries for 70 yards; Downey had four catches for 91 yards and three touchdowns (14, 10, 21) and Ben Swagler had a 25-yard touchdown reception.
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