St. Patrick got on the board on their opening drive after receiving the opening kick from Clarkdale and maintained the lead until the final horn, winning 21-12.
St. Patrick’s first touchdown was on a 6-yard run by Robert Starks and Chris Collins was good on the extra point kick.
St. Patrick was able to stop Clarkdale’s ensuing drive and mounted a successful drive capped by a Carson Bishop quarterback sneak into the endzone and a good PAT by Collins.
In the second quarter both teams traded unsuccessful drives, punting and then Clarkdale scored with about a minute until the halftime but failed on the 2-point conversion attemp, ending the first half with St. Patrick up 14-6.
In the third quarter Clarkdale scored on a wingback reverse on a fourth-down play, went for the 2-point conversion again, but failed, so St. Patrick was up 14-12 going into the fourth quarter.
With about 4 minutes remaining, Bishop completed a 20-yard pass to Robert Starks for a touchdown and Collins was good for the extra point, putting the Fighting Irish up 21-12.
Clarkdale was making progress in the final minutes until they threw a halfback pass and St. Patrick’s Jarrett Herron intercepted it, his seventh of the season, effectively ending the game.
“Behind the hard running of full back Austin Schepens, it was big,” said Jim Bloomfield, St. Patrick head football coach of the win. “I thought our kids played hard, good on defense and running and they’ve had a good wing-T offense all season. We threw the ball early, and our kids played hard. I’m really, really proud of them.”
St. Patrick (3-6, 0-3) hosts Collins next Friday.