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HS Football: St. Ignatius Rolls Past Columbus Bishop Sycamore 33-6 In Season Opener

PARMA, OHIO – Despite a delayed start to the season, St. Ignatius looked as strong as ever in Saturday night’s contest against visiting Bishop Sycamore from Columbus.

Missed opportunities hurt Sycamore throughout the game, especially in the first half. After a deep completion to the red zone by quarterback Josh Bogan, the Centurions were held off the board.

Shortly after the defensive stand, Ignatius drove down field and took the lead on a touchdown pass from Jaxon French to Alec LaSpina.

After a botched snap safety gave Ignatius a 9-0 lead, powerful kicker Declan Mangan booted a 51-yard field goal to extend the Wildcats lead to 12-0.

Missed opportunities continued to plague Bishop Sycamore in the second quarter, as a drive to the 10 yard line was shut down.

Shortly after, LaSpina picked up his second receiving touchdown of the night on a 26-yard catch-and-run to make the score 19-0 Ignatius.

The Wildcats continued to pound Sycamore late in the half, when a botched punt led to one play score by Michael Simcak.

After Simcak opened up the second half with his second touchdown of the night, the Coach Chuck Kyle elected to give his younger players some experience, leading 33-0.

As a result, Sycamore outscored Ignatius 6-0 the rest of the way.

The lone score for the Centurions came on a 35-yard scoop and score by J’Quan Billups-Clark.

Despite a more evenly played second half, Ignatius still ended the game with a resounding 33-6 victory in their opener.

For those wondering about Bishop Sycamore, they are a new school located in Columbus, Ohio. Program Director Andre Peterson says that they schedule teams they aspire to be like one day.

Peterson also wanted to thank Coach Nate Moore of Massillon and Coach Chuck Kyle of St. Ignatius on giving them an opportunity, and for being great examples both on and off the field.

The Centurions hope to rise through the ranks of Ohio high school football as a program that shows their hard work, dedication, and love for the game.

As for St. Ignatius (1-0), this could be considered a tuneup game, as they have a huge clash with St. Edward next Saturday in the “Holy War”. The game will be played in front of limited spectators at FirstEnergy Stadium, the home of the Cleveland Browns.

Bishop Sycamore 0 0 0 6 6

St. Ignatius 12 14 7 0 33

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