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Football vs. St. Francis

The University School football team prepared for the start of the Division 3 state tournament playoffs in a wonderful way. They ended their regular season schedule by defeating St. Francis, 45-14, in a Metro Classic Conference on Friday, November 9th at St. Francis High School.

The Wildcats took control early and never let up.  They scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to take an insurmountable lead.  During the game, USM compiled 322 yards of total offense, and the USM defense allowed the Mariners to gain a total of 122.

USM’s quarterbacks threw only 4 passes and completed all 4.  Each was for a touchdown and the Wildcats gained 109 yards on those completions. Starter C.J. Boyd threw three TD passes in the first quarter, while his replacement, Cal Luedtke, completed a TD pass in the third quarter.

USM’s runners carried the ball 22 times and gained an average of 9.7 yards per carry.  The total yardage they accumulated was 213.  Vidal Colon was the Wildcats’ leading ground gainer with 96 yards.  Boyd ran the ball for 74 yards; Stephawn Easley gained 17 yards; Luedtke gained 14 yards; Peter Idleman gained 12 yards for USM.

USM’s defense was also on its game.  The Wildcats held the Mariners to just 55 yards passing.  The Mariners’ quarterback, Carter Ellenson, completed 7 of 11 passes for those yards as well as a touchdown.  Ellenson also gained 63 of the Mariners’ total of 63 yards rushing.  Other St. Francis runners gained only 2 or lost yardage.

 The Wildcats scored their first touchdown before 5 minutes had elapsed on the game clock.

Boyd completed his first pass to Christian Powell for a 38-yard scoring play with 7:20 still left in the opening quarter.  The point after try was no good.

The Wildcats scored on each of their next two possessions.  At 2:40, Boyd threw a pass to Peter Idleman for 15 yards and a score.  Bennett Brodsky kicked the extra point to put USM ahead 13-0.

Less than a minute later it was 20-0 when Boyd sent Vidal Colon into the end zone with a pass reception at 2:11.  Brodsky’s kick was good again.

USM added two more touchdowns on long runs by Vidal Colon and Boyd to take a commanding 32-0 lead at halftime.

Colon ran the ball in from 54 yards out at 10:45.  The point after was no good. 

With 7:20 left in the second quarter, Boyd took off on a 60 yard run for USM’s fifth touchdown. Once again the point after try was no good, but the Wildcats had a significant lead nonetheless.

The lead gave USM’s coaches a chance to give other players valuable minutes. It was worth it. The Wildcats scored again in the third period on a 41-yard pass play from Luedtke to Jackson Barksdale.  With 4:11 still left in the third quarter, USM led 38-0.

The Mariners were finally able to score their first touchdown with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard pass completion from Ellenson to Cristian Borneman.  Jaden Pascale kicked the extra point.

The Wildcats negated that play on the ensuing kickoff. USM’s Sander Read ran the ball 99 yards for a touchdown to make it clear that USM was the victor.  Brodsky kicked the extra point to give the Wildcats their 45 points.

Ellenson did score on a 1 yard run for St. Francis’s second TD and Pascale added the PAT, but the game was in the hands of the Wildcats, and they returned to USM grasping a solid win.

USM is now 3-1 and ended at 2-1 in the Metro Classic Conference.  The Wildcats move on to the state tournament playoffs.  They play Kettle Moraine Lutheran in a Level 1 game of the WIAA Division 3 state tournament playoffs at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13th at USM.