Marist dodges bullet vs. St. Patrick
Marist’s defense had no answer for Jeremy Molina Saturday afternoon.
Luckily for the RedHawks, he also wasn’t the right answer for St. Patrick.
Certainly, the tailback did more than his fair share on the Shamrocks’ behalf as he accumulated 266 rushing yards on 34 carries and scored twice. But even with key offensive contributions from a couple other sources to augment his efforts, Molina’s sterling exhibition couldn’t dislodge a win from the RedHawks’ grasp.
Marist pocketed the East Suburban Catholic Conference victory at Hanson Stadium by unleashing a furious offense of its own. While RedHawks running back Peter Andreotti was unable to duplicate Molina’s ground-gaining feats, he did match the latter’s touchdown total by tallying on a 1-yard run and 28-yard reception.
And with a greater array of weapons at its disposal, Marist managed to survive St. Pat’s massive 512-yard output and return home with a 42-34 triumph in hand. The RedHawks, who the week before had to ward off a serious challenge issued by Nazareth Academy to win another high-scoring matchup by eight points, improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league encounters.
Also finding the Shamrocks’ end zone was Jawill Aldridge, whose 87-yard kickoff return shoved the hosts into a hole that proved inescapable. Flynn Nagel caught a 16-yard pass from Jack Donegan for another Marist TD.
The RedHawks are back on the road Friday, when they tangle with Joliet Catholic Academy at Memorial Stadium.