Boys Varsity Football · SCCS Wins Season Opener

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August 26, 2017

Saturday night Cardinal Football took the field against the St. Bernard Vikings of Playa Del Rey. The Vikings were a good season opening test for the Cardinals as they are a big and fast team. Their offense tested our defensive line with the run game and their defense tested our offensive line. The Cardinals proved worthy of the test as they came out on top 36-12.

Caden Brenner, in his first game back since missing last season due to injury, opened the scoring in the first quarter by taking a screen pass for a 45-yard touchdown. Then Kirshner threw his second touchdown of the season to freshman Carson Schwesinger, giving them a 16-0 lead going into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Kirshner threw another touchdown pass with a 2-yard completion to Josh Clark to take a 23-0 lead. For the rest of the second quarter the Cardinal defense, led by senior Tommy Shields, was able to keep the Viking offense scoreless. Sophomore Lucas Pettee earned his first interception of the season with just two ticks left on the clock before the end of the half.

Going into the third quarter the Vikings stuck primarily to the ground game and were able to drive down for 6 points, cutting the Cardinal lead to 23-6. Blaike Orth, however, took the ensuing kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown increasing the Cardinal lead 30-6.

In the fourth, the Vikings again stuck to their ground game and were able to drive in for another 6 points to make the score 30-12. However, the Cardinals then responded shortly after, Kirshner and Orth connected for a 45-yard touchdown pass to bring the score back up to 36-12. Getting the ball back with under 2 minutes the Vikings attempted another drive but the Cardinal defense stood strong until the final buzzer.

After the game, Coach Anderson said, “We’ve got a lot to improve on. We’ve got to get a lot better but we are thankful for the win.”  Blake Kirshner who threw 4 touchdown passes with no interceptions said, “It’s good to get a win but I know I have a lot to work on. I missed a lot of open receivers…Just have to make sure I put in the work at practice this week.” Kirshner played well. He has a strong arm, mobility, and made smart passes. His future and this team’s future is bright!

The Cardinals (1-0, 0-0) travel to South Pasadena next Friday, September 1, to take on the South Pasadena Tigers (1-0, 0-0).

Update: It was originally posted Blake Kirshner threw 3 touchdowns. That was updated to 4 as Caden Brenner’s run was, in fact, a screen pass.