By: Lamonte Dewindt
LOS ALTOS HILLS – Much like last week’s game against Serra, the Sacred Heart Cathedral defense put out another solid effort against a stout Western Catholic Athletic League opponent on Friday.
And just like last week, the Irish offense failed to capitalize on turnovers in a 38-13 road loss to Archbishop Mitty at Foothill College.
The Irish (1-7, 0-5) had three sacks and four interceptions, and were able to hold the Mitty (6-2, 3-2) offense to 316 yards.
“[It was] a good fight. We battled, [but] we’re two or three shakes short of a good milkshake,” said Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach John Lee. “There’s a fire and a spirit in them, but we need to start capitalizing on their turnovers and eliminating our turnovers.”
After allowing a Mitty touchdown on the first possession of the game, the Irish defense tightened up and then forced a fumble and two interceptions on the next three drives.
Yet even the return of playmaking running back Brett Rasso could do little to help the struggling Irish offense.
After scoring on a 10-yard run by Rasso in the first quarter, the Sacred Heart offense was held scoreless until another Rasso score (this time a 25-yard pass from Sacred Heart quarterback Logan White) with the game already decided in the fourth quarter. The Irish only produced 156 yards of total offense and Rasso accounted for 140.
White performed better in place of injured starting quarterback Jerry Peralta, who is out for the season due to a broken collarbone, but struggled throwing downfield all night.
Multiple miscues often killed Irish drives and when it appeared a scoring drive was in the works, a penalty or turnover was committed.
“That’s just a lack of mental focus on our part and I’ll take the blame for that,” Lee said.
M: 10:23 – Jordan Gojenola 6-yard pass from Wyatt Hansen. (Phil Langlois kick)
SH: 3:58 – Brett Rasso 10-yard run (kick blocked)
M: 9:58 – Hansen 2-yard run (Langlois kick)
M: 5:59 – Robert O’Leary 5-yard run (Langlois kick)
M: 3:40 – Langlois 20-yard field goal
M: 5:08 – Brandon Aguilera 1-yard run (Daniel Rice kick)
M: 0:01 – Erik Sargis 50-yard fumble recovery (Rice kick)
SH: 3:48 – Rasso 25-yard pass from Logan White (Tenhoff kick)