Football: St. Ignatius finds its groove through the air to beat Menlo-Atherton

St. Ignatius senior wide reciever Andrew Vollert was the main target for the Wildcats against Menlo-Atherton and had over 200 yards of receiving. (Photo by Paul Ghiglieri)

By Josh Levine

Led by senior quarterback Jack Stinn, the St. Ignatius football team improved to 2-1 in non-league play with a strong 31-7 home win over visiting Menlo-Atherton on Saturday afternoon.

Stinn threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 17-of-32 passing.

“Jack is a special player for us. He’s a great teammate and loves to compete,” said St. Ignatius head coach John Regalia. “It speaks to his character”

St. Ignatius senior quarterback Jack Stinn winds up for a deep throw against Menlo-Atherton on Saturday at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Paul Ghiglieri)

Eight different players caught passes from Stinn, led by senior wide receiver Andrew Vollert, who had seven receptions for 206 yards and touchdowns grabs of 87 and 66 yards.

The Wildcats may have owned the air, but their running game was stopped in its tracks by the front seven of the Bears (1-2). The Wildcats rushed for 151 yards, with 74 coming on two botched punt attempts. Both times, junior Jimmy Casserly had a bad snap come his way and ran for two crucial first downs to keep St. Ignatius drives alive.

“[Casserly] did a great job being savvy as an athlete,” Regalia said. “We like our guys to go and make plays just like he did. [Menlo-Atherton] is a very good and physical team and we knew that coming in.”

Late in the first half, with St. Ignatius on the Menlo-Atherton 44-yard line facing a third down, the Bears were called for a late hit and an unsportsmanlike conduct, which moved the ball into the red zone and gave the Wildcats a fresh set of downs.

Instead of a 13-7 halftime score, the Wildcats were able to pound out the remaining 14 yards over the final two minutes of the half and scored with 9 seconds left to give them a 21-7 lead at the break.

“We shot ourselves in the foot with that one,” said Menlo-Atherton head coach Sione Taufoou. “We got a little better compared to last time, but we still had some issues . . . It’s a learning lesson for us, but our kids played hard and the effort is there. St. Ignatius plays sound football and we are trying to get there.”

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
SI: 3:29 – Moore Harris 15-yard pass from Jack Stinn (Michael Capitolo kick)

Second Quarter
SI: 9:42 – Andrew Vollert 87-yard pass from Stinn (kick failed)
MA: 7:52 – Blake Olsen 15-yard pass from Zack Moore (Olsen kick)
SI: 0:08 – Stephan Ostrowski 1-yard run (Elijah Dale run on conversion)

Third Quarter
SI: 6:31 – Vollert 66-yard pass from Stinn (Capitolo kick)
SI: 0:25 – Capitolo 31-yard field goal

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12 Comments

  1. Iforgotmyname says:

    WOW how tall is Vollert? He looks really tall

    • Josh Levine says:

      Vollert is listed on the roster as 6’5″ and 212 lbs. He certainly seemed taller than that with the cornerbacks that were put on him.

  2. JJ says:

    I bet Menlo-Atherton scouted SI in their last gm vs Terra Nova and said we gotta stop Elijah Dale after he ran for 5 TD’s. It sounded like they stopped the running game, but it opened up SI’s passing game. SI has too many weapons. If you stop Dale, then Vollert and/or the other lacrosse/football players will burn you. Great to see Vollert playing well because his Dad or Uncle was also a good WR for SI back in the day.

  3. Nicholas S says:

    Wow, the SF Chronicle predicts SI will finish 2nd in WCAL. I can’t wait for the Serra game, my friends and I have To To s Pizza on the line.

    • IC Stars says:

      Second?!?! I have half a mind to root for Serra.

      • jbalan says:

        If you think about it, Mitch isn’t going out on that huge of a limb. The coaches voted SI behind Serra and Bellarmine in the preseason poll and I believe Mitch saw Bellarmine get blasted by De La Salle. He was also at the SI-Marin Catholic game. I don’t think the fact that the Bells lost to De La Salle is the reason he dropped them below SI, but I think the margin certainly was.

      • Ari Gold says:

        Not hard to see why, SI has a very good passing game anchored by their very good QB, Stinn. They have two tall very good WRs, Vollert and Emery, and one very good “under the WCAL radar” RB, Dale and a very good OL/DL, led by Sullivan and Blohm, a good defense led by Bull, and a very good DB, Waters. …. SI is very good this year and will be in every single game vs Serra, Bellarmine, Mitty, Valley Christian and St Francis.

  4. JJ says:

    SI starts off the WCAL season right off the bat vs Valley Christian in San Jose. VC has a revenge factor for this game since SI eliminated them in the CCS Playoffs last yr. VC probably has the best RB in the WCAL as well as a good QB. SI’s whole schedule looks tough. I think SI can finish anywhere between 2nd and 6th, although 1st is possible if they play a perfect game. SI should do well this season if they limit their turnovers.

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