Novi, Michigan - In spite of some uncharacteristic struggles, the Shamrocks were able to walk away with a 21-0 victory over the Eaglets from Orchard Lake St. Mary's on senior night at the Elm.
Both the Shamrocks and Eaglet’s offenses struggled to get going at the beginning of the game, with each respective offense committing two turnovers. Kam Davenport and Sean Field led the way on defense for the Shamrocks, and their stellar performance was a crucial part of the team’s success. At the end of the first quarter, freshman quarterback Skylar Hunter made an appearance and helped get the Shamrocks on the board with our first touchdown of the night, a run by Evan Haeger with 11:54 remaining in the half. Senior quarterback Declan Byle returned to the game after the touchdown, but the first half would end with the score still sitting at 7-0 after the Shamrocks fumbled with thirty-eight seconds remaining.
The Shamrocks received the ball to start the second half, and Evan Haeger wasted no time in firing up the Shamrocks as he returned the kick down the field for a spectacular ninety-six-yard touchdown. The teams continued to battle on the gridiron and looked to be evenly matched until the Shamrocks marched down the field and scored with 10:20 remaining in the quarter, effectively putting the game out of reach.
In the fourth quarter, Catholic Central turned more to the ground game, and Orchard Lake could not find an answer. As a sign of respect to the seniors and to what they have given to the CC football program, the coaches worked to find as many of the seniors some time on the field as possible, adding to the memory of their final regular season game on their home field.
The most valuable player tonight was junior Evan Haeger, who managed to find the endzone twice and was a critical piece of the Shamrock offensive attack.
The Shamrocks get to take advantage of a rest week this week, after a canceled game with one of our friends from Canada. Next week the boys in blue will travel up to Traverse City for a crossover game at Traverse City West on Friday night in their last regular season game.