By Colin Walsh
The St. Clement Anchors matched up against the Defending Super Bowl Champion Cathedral Panthers this past Saturday and both teams put on a great defensive clinic.
Cathedral had lost only one game since 2010, which was a controversial loss in the 2011 Super Bowl. St. Clement relished the roll of underdog and used it as motivation. “We knew we had the horses to be in the race with Cathedral we just had to execute the game plan” said Assistant Head Coach George Murray.
On its first possession Senior QB Michael Sullivan connected with Senior Khaneil Bruce for a 25 yard TD pass. Senior Deron Hines added the conversion run and that is all the scoring that would be done until two minutes to play. Cathedral quickly answered dashing through St. Clement defenders to set up a 1st and goal from the two on its first possession. The Anchors settled down and stuffed Cathedral on 4 straight plays to turn the ball over on downs.
For the next 36 minutes each team traded defensive stands forcing punts and fourth down stops. In the fourth quarter the St. Clement offense took over. The Anchors went to the ground attack and let Deron Hines carry the team on his back grinding out first downs to control the clock. With 2:18 to go Sullivan hit Senior Junior Oyaronbi for a 30 yard strike after a fake to Hines and St. Clement fans and players went into a frenzy.
On cathedrals first play Bruce intercepted a pass and the victory was sealed. St. Clement takes over frist place in in the Catholic Central League with the victory. The Anchors will play Matignon in the annual grudge match this Saturday at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville at 10:00am.