The St. Patrick Fighting Irish watched a playoff bid slip away at home Friday night as the clock ran out on a 34-28 loss to Richton.
St. Patrick took an early lead in the first quarter when Robert Starks scored on a 38-yard run on St. Patrick’s first drive. Chris Collins was good on the point after.
But Richton came back and scored twice failing on both two-point conversion attempts.
Then, Carson Bishop connected with Robert Starks on a 14-yard touchdown pass, and Collins was good on the extra point to put the Fighting Irish up 14-12.
In St. Patrick’s next drive, however, they threw an interception and forced a fumble, recovered it and returned it for a touchdown. Collins was good on the point after to put them 21-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Richton found the end zone in the second quarter, however, and completed a two-point conversion cutting St. Patrick’s lead 21-20 to end the first half.
In the second half, St. Patrick received the kickoff and drove 81 yards until Starks ran in for a touchdown from 2 yards out. Collins was good on the extra point.
Richton reciprocated but did not complete the two-point conversion and the score was St. Patrick 28, Richton 26 going into the fourth quarter.
Richton scored in the final minutes of the game and connected on a 2-point conversion to win 34-28.
St. Patrick head coach Jim Bloomfield said his team fought hard and was disappointed to see their chance at a playoff spot fade away in the last minutes.
St. Patrick is now 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the district.
They travel next week to New Augusta to face Perry Central.