Football vs. St. Francis
Connor Baumann scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, C.J. Boyd ran for 208 yards, and the University School defense held St. Francis to just two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a resounding 43-14 victory over the Mariners in a Midwest Classic Conference football game on Friday, September 6th at USM.
“It was a great team effort; all three phases clicked, offense, defense and special teams,” said Brian Sommers, USM’s head coach.
The USM defense held St. Francis to mediocre gains in the game’s opening series, forcing the Mariners to punt. Then the Wildcats’ superior play took over. Boyd, USM’s quarterback, led off with a 21 yard run. He and Baumann then made several short runs before Boyd threw a five yard pass to Stephawn Easley and completed the 9 play drive with a 3 yard pass to Baumann for a touchdown at 6:33. The extra point attempt failed, but the Wildcats had showed their visitors they were in for a fight.
Just 36 seconds later, the USM defense then added to USM’s scoring. The Wildcats forced a Mariners’ fumble. Baumann collected the loose ball like it was a gift from under the tree, and ran untouched for 48 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Kyler Ringgold’s kick was good and USM held a 13-0 lead.
The Wildcats’ forced the Mariners to punt once again and on the snap, the punter fumbled and USM recovered the ball on the St. Francis 8 yard line. Two plays later Boyd threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Baumann. Even though the point after attempt failed, USM was in complete command of the game at 19-0 with 1:28 left in the first quarter.
The Mariners were finally able to score on the first play of the second quarter when Ismael Bastardo made a 56 yard touchdown run. Jaden Pascale’s extra point kick pulled the Mariners closer at 19-7 at 11:48.
But the Wildcats made the St. Francis score look mediocre by an impressive march to the St. Francis end zone on their next possession. The Wildcats drove 71 yards on 8 running plays culminated by Boyd’s 2 yard TD sprint. Ringgold’s extra point gave USM a 26-7 lead at 8:36 of the second quarter.
The Wildcats widened their lead with two unanswered scoring plays in the third quarter. Ringgold kicked a field goal at 7:48; then Boyd ran the ball in for a 35 touchdown at 4:14.
The USM defense did more scoring in the final quarter. The Wildcats forced a safety at 10:04 and John Walters intercepted a pass for a touchdown at 8:08. The extra point kick was blocked, but USM led 43-7.
St. Francis was able to score a touchdown at 5:45 on a 30 yard pass from Carter Ellenson to Bastardo, but by that time a large portion of the crowd had departed, convinced by the play the they witnessed that USM was the better team.
In the game, St. Francis outgained USM with 329 total yards to USM’s 258. The Mariners gained 194 of their yards through the air on 11 of 25 passes. USM gained only 23 yards via the pass, completing 3 of 4 pass attempts.
After the game Sommers said, “Our offense got off to a good start and C.J. made some great reads. And the defense was swarming to the ball. I was excited to get our young guys into the game at the start of the fourth quarter. I’m happy for the freshmen.”
Sommers concluded by saying, “Ultimately it’s amazing what happens when we work together as a team.”
USM is 2-1 and 1-0 in the Midwest Classic Conference. The Wildcats play Kenosha Christian Life in a Midwest Classic Conference game at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13th at Indian Trails High School in Kenosha.