Fire football tops Litchfield, Mound-Westonka

After a loss to start the season, the Holy Family football team has gone 2-0 in recent weeks, picking up conference wins over Litchfield and Mound-Westonka.

The Fire went up against their crosstown rivals Mound-Westonka this past Friday night, Sept. 13. The Fire scored on their first possession with a nine-yard touchdown run by senior Erik Schaffran.

Mound-Westonka followed up with a touchdown in the second quarter. Junior Chazz Johnson fired back with a 66-yard touchdown run in the second and the Fire never looked back from there. The Fire won 22-11 and move to 2-1 on the season.

Offensively the Fire were great on the ground with Johnson rushing for 139 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Junior Charlie Lacy ran for 46 yards on eight carries and junior quarterback Hank Hopkins also threw for 78 yards.

Defensively the Fire only gave up one touchdown throughout the game. Sophomore Eric Requet had three interceptions while leading the team in tackles with nine. The team as a whole had five sacks on the White Hawks’ quarterback. Junior Landon Kimm led the team with two sacks. Also on Sept. 13, the Fire held a Tackle Cancer Night, with all the proceeds going towards the cause.

The stadium held a moment of silence at 8:19 p.m. for Nancy Kosteliz, wife of Ron Kosteliz, who passed away Sept. 6. Holy Family coach Ian Parzyck said thank you to everyone that helped and made the event possible.

A week earlier, the team brought home its first win of the season last week, defeating Litchfield 24-15 on the road Sept. 6. The Fire put the first points up on the board in the second quarter with a 55-yard interception return by Lacy. With that score, the Fire then continued with 21 unanswered points before the Dragons fought back with two touchdowns of their own.

Offensively, the Fire welcomed the return of junior quarterback Hank Hopkins, who was 17-29 for 215 yards and a touchdown. Lacy was the team’s top receiver with 11 receptions for 159 yards. Johnson rushed the ball 61 yards on 14 carriers for one touchdown. For the special teams, senior Elliott Beddor nailed a 23-yard field goal and was 3-3 on extra points attempts. Defensively, junior Brennan Borhorst snagged an interception and two quarterback sacks on Litchfield. Senior Luke Melander also had two sacks, while senior Ian Cunningham added a fumble recovery.

Holy Family will play at Orono this Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.