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St. Ignatius shuts out Walsh Jesuit football

Published: September 23, 2016 10:11 PM

When these two teams met last year, the game was decided in the final seconds.

Just like last season, Cleveland St. Ignatius scored 30 points against the Walsh Jesuit football team.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, that's where the similarities end.

The Wildcats improved to 3-1 after posting a convincing 30-0 victory over Walsh Sept. 23 at Conway Memorial Stadium.

This year's contest was a stark contrast from last year's showdown when St. Ignatius rallied to defeat the Warriors 30-27 in the closing seconds.

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This time, Walsh had no answers for the Wildcats' high-powered offense.

St. Ignatius, behind a huge offensive line, ran the ball down the Warriors' throats and mixed in a few passes for big plays to stifle Walsh.

It could have been worse.

The Warriors (1-4) stopped the Wildcats on third down on two possessions inside the red zone.

Nonetheless,besides having a strong offense and a powerful defense, St. Ignatius also thrived on special teams.

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Walsh got nine points on three field goals by junior kicker Matthew Trickett. To make matters worse for the Warriors, their kick returns were nullified by the strong right foot of senior placekicker Colin Goodfellow, who blasted five kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

The Warriors' offense also had problems solving the Wildcats' talented defense.

Walsh punted on all seven of its possessions, which included 3 three and outs.

St. Ignatius got most of its yards on the ground.

Much of the work was done by running backs James Andrews, a senior, and Mark Bobinski, a junior.

Bobinski had an 8-yard touchdown run and senior quarterback Patrick Ryan added a 7-yard score.

Also finding the end zone for the Wildcats was junior back quarterback Daniel Alexander, who reached the end zone on a 1-yard sneak in the fourth quarter.

Trickett had field goals of 35, 40 and 25 yards, respectively.

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