Patriots punish Severn
Coming off two weeks in which he scored six touchdowns, intercepted four passes, and recorded 17 tackles in wins over Cardinal Gibbons and St. Frances, Stephen St. Clair continued his sensational season Friday night in a 48-13 Homecoming win over the Severn Admirals. Playing in cold and sloppy conditions, the senior quarterback had four touchdowns for the Patriots while wreaking havoc on the Severn defense from start to finish.
After the Admirals received the opening kickoff, the Patriots’ defense forced a punt and never looked back. St. Clair scored from 13 yards out with 7:41 left in the first half to kick start the offense for the night. Later in the first quarter, junior running back Tyler Ray scored from the five yard line to put the Patriots up 13-0.
The defense shut down Severn for the entire first half, as the Patriots took a 28-0 lead into the locker room. Severn quarterback Kyle McGovern faced intense pressure all night long from senior defensive end Adam Rahll and junior defensive end Zach Frink, both of whom recovered McGovern’s fumbles.
Even when it appeared that Severn’s offense was gaining momentum, the defense immediately snuffed it out. In the second quarter with the Patriots leading 13-0, the Admirals scored on a 46-yard screen pass, but had it was recalled due to a clipping penalty on an offensive lineman. On the next play, senior defensive back Jamal Love had a sideline interception of McGovern, setting up the next score for the Patriots.
Love also scored with just over a second left in the first half after junior Austin Hussar fumbled outside the Severn endzone. Hussar was running down the sideline after catching a pass from St. Clair when the ball slipped out during a tackle. Love was there for the recovery and ran into the endzone to give the Patriots a 28-0 lead.
Senior Sam Chell scored for the Patriots in the third quarter as well, while Ray added his second rushing touchdown of the night late in the fourth quarter.
Severn jumped on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a halfback pass from Richie Davis to Chris Edgar which cut their deficit to 42-7. The Admirals made the score 48-13 after McGovern scored on a quarterback keeper with less than a minute remaining in the game.
However, the night truly belonged to St. Clair. Last week, he was named Baltimore Sun’s Male Athlete of the Week. St. Clair rushed nine times for 135 yards while leading the team with nine tackles on the other side of the ball.
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