Fire defeat Mound-Westonka

With a 35-7 victory over Mound-Westonka on Sept. 14, the Holy Family football team has improved to 2-1 this season.

On the road in Mound last Friday, the Fire scored in the first quarter on a 47-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ben Baker to senior receiver Derek Ogren. Holy Family put up two more touchdowns in the second quarter, the first on a 24-yard rush by senior Conner Riddle, the second an 11-yard run from Baker. Mound-Westonka scored their only touchdown in the second quarter, a three-yard run by junior running back Ryder Schmidt. The Fire led 21-7 at the half.

In the second half of play, Byrnes extended the Fire’s lead in the third quarter, with a two-yard touchdown run. In the fourth, senior Rob LaRose rushed a 25-yard touchdown to seal the 35-7 victory.

At quarterback, Baker completed four of six passes for 99 yards and one touchdown. LaRose completed one of two passes for nine yards. Ogren received four passes for 82 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Chazz Johnson had one reception for 26 yards. Sophomore kicker Jonathan Coppens was 5-5 in extra point attempts. Riddle led the Fire in rushing yards, cataloguing 101 yards and one touchdown, followed by Baker (70 yards, one touchdown); Byrnes (58 yards, one touchdown); Johnson (46 yards); and LaRose (32 yards, one touchdown). The Fire had 58 offensive plays for 415 total yards, compared to Mound-Westonka’s 149 yards.

On defense, Byrnes and senior Tom Green each logged nine tackles. Ogren had eight, while also snagging an interception with an eight-yard return. Sophomore Brennan Bornhorst had six tackles, and was credited with half a quarterback sack. Senior Mason McCormick shared the sack with Bornhorst.

Next up, the Fire will host Orono on Sept. 21.