Football beats St. Anthony in first league game

Football beats St. Anthony in first league game

Running back Sultan Daniels '19 dodges Saints defenders during Homecoming victory. Photo credit: Ryan Albert/Chronicle

Football beat St. Anthony 28-21 tonight on Homecoming in their first league game of the season making their overall record 4-3 and 1-0 league record.

Marshall Howe ’21 started the game as quarterback with seven straight handoffs to running back Sultan Daniels ’19. With the less experienced quarterback, the Wolverines attempted to keep the ball on the ground. Howe threw a 14 yard completion to wide receiver Chase Harleston ’21 to secure the first down. Howe went back to Harleston for 13 yards for a first and goal. Daniels ran the ball in for the first touchdown of the game.

“[Daniels] has become a valuable asset this year on offense,” wide receiver Brendan Kang ’20 said. “This was extremely clear at the game because St. Anthony’s defense was focused on stopping him by loading the box and even double teaming him. And by doing so, it helped us open up the passing game for some key touchdown plays. His vision and his ability to make defenders miss is very solid.”

The St. Anthony Saints fumbled the ball on their next possession and it was recovered by defensive lineman Evan LaTourrette-Ghez ’19. Quarterback Jameson Wang ’20 entered the game and on his first touch of the ball he threw a 29 yard dart to wide receiver Terrell Long ’21 for a touchdown.

The Saints answered back quickly into the second quarter by scoring two touchdowns making it a tie game.

Daniels had an explosive 35 yard run, followed by another run for Daniels placing the Wolverines 2 yards away from the goal line. They went back to Daniels for his second touchdown of the game. Daniels commented on staying focused in the Homecoming atmosphere.

“There are a lot of distractions so we need to make sure everyone is focused on the game,” Daniels said after the game on HWTV broadcast. “Before the game, walking around and eating food we need to make sure to relax and get off our feet. We put our minds on the field, that’s what really matters.”

The Saints tied the game once again making the score 21-21 at the end of the half.

The 2018 Harvard-Westlake Hall of Fame Ceremony took place during halftime honoring Damiene Caine ’11, Austin Wilson ’10 and Alex Silverman ’10. In addition, the boys’ tennis team and boys’ track and field team received their CIF rings from the 2017-2018 season.

To kick off the third quarter, Wang threw a 32 yard strike to wide receiver Jason Thompson ’21.

“It felt great to help out our team in such a big way on such a big night with the whole community in attendance,” Thompson said. “It was really fun to say the least.

Throughout the game aggressive play calls were made by program head and head coach Michael Burnett. The Wolverines attempted an onside kick unsuccessfully and tried multiple times to convert on the fourth down.

Keeping the Saints from tying the game once again, Kang and Thompson made key deflections in the Saints’ end zone to end the third quarter.

During the fourth quarter, the Wolverines got several good offensive looks including a 60 yard touchdown run for Daniels that was called back for holding on the offense. The defense remained strong not allowing the Saints to score for the rest of the game.

Kicker and punter Liam Weetman ’21 was a perfect four for four on point after attempts. 

The Wolverines are scheduled to play at St. Genevieve on Oct. 5 in a league matchup with kickoff at 7 p.m.

 

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