Breaking It Down: Marist looked to be in control through much of its thrilling 31-28 homecoming football victory over St. Patrick on Friday night. The RedHawks led 14-7 at the half and 21-7 early in the second half. However, St. Patrick battled back to tie the score 28-28 and had the ball with 14 seconds remaining.
Facing a fourth down, the Shamrocks were prepared to punt and head to overtime. However, the RedHawks had other ideas. Dan Schmidt blocked the punt, and Tom O’Neill kicked a 41-yard field goal on the final play to give Marist the victory.
Patch’s MVP: Dan Schmidt blocked the St. Patrick punt, giving the RedHawks the chance to kick the game-winning field goal.
Marist Stat Pack: Marist wideout Ryan Carroll had a 27-yard touchdown reception.
Quotable I: “Coach said before the game it was a goal for us to get one (blocked kick) during the game, and we got one,” Marist's Dan Schmidt said.
Quotable II: “It is good to finally have a game that we needed and to pull it out in the end,” Marist coach Pat Dunne said. “That is the sign of a good team.”
Team Records: Marist is 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. St. Patrick falls to 3-4 and 2-4.
What’s Next: Marist travels to Carmel next Friday, while St. Patrick plays host to Joliet Catholic Academy.
Scores of Interest: Joliet Catholic Academy 64, Marian Catholic 13; Richards 55, Oak Lawn 12; Brother Rice 42, De La Salle 14. For more scores, visit IHSA ScoreZone.