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Chicago Saturday 9-21-13 Marist's #89 Nic Weishar cannot handle pass during their game against St. Patrick HansStadium Chicago Saturday morning

Chicago Saturday 9-21-13 Marist's #89 Nic Weishar cannot handle the pass during their game against St. Patrick at Hanson Stadium in Chicago Saturday morning 9-21-13. Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media.

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Updated: November 21, 2013 3:28AM



Marist didn’t have a very good week of practice and it carried over, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, into Saturday’s game against St. Patrick.

The RedHawks allowed 393 yards rushing and a whopping 512 yards of total offense to the Shamrocks, but still managed to depart Hanson Stadium with a 42-34 East Suburban Catholic Conference win.

“I think that’s how we practiced this week,” Marist quarterback Jack Donegan said. “We were lethargic. We scored on that first drive and we got lethargic.”

Marist took the game’s opening kickoff and drove 59 yards on seven plays, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Peter Andreotti. Kyle Gambla added the first of seven point-after kicks as the RedHawks needed just 2:38 to reach pay dirt.

Was the rout on?

Hardly.

The Shamrocks tied the game 7-7 when Jeremy Molina scored from five yards out and Stephen Mulkerrins added the first of six PATs with 58 seconds left in the first quarter.

Marist (3-1, 2-0) regained the lead when Donegan found Flynn Nagel (6 catches, 76 yards) from 16 yards out for a 14-7 advantage at 11:09 of the second.

Back came St. Pat’s, however. This time Tom Sliwiak crossed the goal line from one yard out to cut the deficit to 14-13. Mulkerrins missed the PAT.

On the ensuing kickoff, Jawill Aldridge raced 87 yards to pay dirt to give Marist a 21-13 lead. Donegan later would hook up with Andreotti on a 28-yard TD pass to make it 28-13 with 2:58 to go in the half.

St. Pat’s played catch-up the rest of the way, but never could get over the hump.

“Their kick return is very good,” St. Pat’s coach Dan Galante said. “We tried to kick it away from their guys. Good luck with that.”

Aldridge saw a hole and made certain to take advantage.

“I saw the hole, it was a big hole and I hit it,” he said. “My guys did a great job of blocking.”

The Shamrocks (1-3, 0-2) wasted an impressive performance by Molina, who piled up 266 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns. Mike Olijnyk added a 64-yard TD run as well for St. Pat’s, whose offensive line of Jack Donovan, Billy Moriarty, Patrick Moriarty, Alex Budzinski and James Macias opened holes all afternoon.

“We felt like we could run the ball and score points,” Galante said. “But their offense is explosive.”

Donegan finished 19 of 32 for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Nic Weishar accounted for seven catches and 90 yards. Andreotti totaled 127 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored three times on the day.

Marist’s offensive line of Mitch Schleyer, Jack McHugh, Virgil Robertson, Jack Maida and Jack Hynes was very productive run and pass blocking.

St. Pat’s quarterback Zach Fuller finished 8 of 22 for 119 yards, including a 34-yard TD pass to Mike Warner.



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