Fire fall to Delano, NL-S

In the final two games of the regular season, the Holy Family Catholic High School football team lost to both New London-Spicer and Delano to finish the season 2-6.

Fighting hard through a rainy game, preceded by a lightning delay, the Fire lost 50-7 at New London-Spicer on Oct. 11.

Offensively, junior Hank Hopkins commanded the Fire by completing nine passes for 141 yards and the touchdown. Junior Charlie Lacy caught Hopkins’ touchdown pass, a 36-yarder late in the fourth quarter. Junior Landon Kimm was the Fire’s leading receiver with four catches for 70 yards; Lacy tallied 46 yards on three catches.

Defensively, senior Nick Hanscom had nine tackles to lead the Fire. Junior Will Phillips had six tackles and a pass deflection, while sophomore Max Bergman and junior Noah Hollen both had five tackles to help the Fire defense.

On the road again at Delano on Oct. 16, the Fire held the Tigers to just one touchdown in the first quarter before the Delano offense exploded for 35 unanswered points throughout the game. The Tiger defense shut down Holy Family’s attack completely, for a 42-0 loss for the Fire.

Hanscom rushed 25 yards, while Hopkins threw 21 yards. Junior Andy Nelson was the team’s top receiver with 13 yards. As a team, the Fire totaled only 71 offensive yards.

On defense, Bergman had 12 tackles, along with an interception and a sack for the Fire. Hanscom had 11 tackles, while junior Michael Dolan had 10. Senior Eric Requet had eight tackles and a fumble recovery.

The postseason began Oct. 22 for Holy Family, as the No. 4 Fire hosted No. 5 St. Paul Academy in the first round of Section 3 (4A). The victor advances to play No. 1 St. Paul Highland Park on Friday, Oct. 25 in St. Paul.

With a 2-6 season record, the Fire finished fourth in the Wright County Conference at 1-4, with their sole conference win coming against Mound-Westonka. Holy Family ties for the bottom of the WCC with the White Hawks and Waconia, both teams which also finished 1-4 in the conference.