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”
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.”
SI: 3:29 – Moore Harris 15-yard pass from Jack Stinn (Michael Capitolo kick)
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)
SI: 6:31 – Vollert 66-yard pass from Stinn (Capitolo kick)
SI: 0:25 – Capitolo 31-yard field goal