Saints fall to RCS

Published 9:55 pm Monday, November 4, 2019

The Saints football team closed out its season with a 60-40 loss against Roanoke Catholic School last Friday.

With the Saints playing its final game of the 2019-2020 season, they finished with a 4-6 record. Friday’s road loss cut a two-game winning streak for the Saints. After starting the season 0-4, the Saints went on to go 4-2 down the stretch.

“Obviously, you don’t feel good about ending up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but we have some positive stuff we can pull from it,” Coach Mike Biehl. said

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Roanoke Catholic went up three scores on NSA before the Saints were able to get on the board right before the half. In the second half, NSA did outscore Roanoke Catholic, but too much damage had been done at the beginning of the game.

Ian McAninley passed for 382 yards for the Saints, which included four touchdowns. George Pettaway finished with 159 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Drew Bergeron added 102 yards on six catches and two touchdowns.

NSA had an outside chance to make the playoffs with a win, but the loss essentially eliminated them from playoff contention.

“They are a really good team,” Biehl said. “They were state champions in their division the last three years, and you could see why. We didn’t take care of opportunities early, but we put up 40 points on a defense that hadn’t allowed more than 11 points during the season.”

Biehl felt the Saints did a good job fighting through adversity and coming together as a team this season. Even though they finished strong, the Saints knew had they taken care of business earlier, they may have been in line for a playoff position.

“Every single game matters,” Biehl said. “We needed some things we had to take care of earlier that we didn’t. It’s something for us to learn and take into the offseason with us.”