The Saints varsity football team took a 21-6 lead over the Cactus Shadows Falcons into halftime on September 27th and the boys never looked back.
Notre Dame came out strong at the start of the second half with a 93-yard kick return by freshman wide receiver Gavin Smith. Cactus Shadows got the ball back and completed an eight-yard pass, but a big hit by senior free safety Trey Cartledge forced a fumble and senior cornerback Griffin Chewning recovered it.
Senior running back Dominick Mastro had a great run along the sideline but took a late hit out of bounds. Another Cactus Shadows penalty put the Saints on the Cactus Shadows 22-yard line. Mastro had another 14-yard run up the middle to put the Saints in the red zone, and then he rushed for an eight-yard touchdown thanks to a huge push by the entire Saints offensive line. Chewning then connected for the extra point, making it 35-6.
Later in the third quarter, Smith caught a 15-yard catch to put the Saints across mid-field. Senior quarterback Derek Elsholz threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Quinn Leventhal, his first touchdown catch of the season. Chewning again made the extra point, making 42-6.
Junior quarterback Tyler Schweigert came in to play quarterback at the end of the 3rd quarter. Junior running back Ian Williamson had a great 50-yard run, but it got called back due to an offensive penalty.
During the fourth quarter, Schweigert connected on a 37-yard pass to senior wide receiver Logan Schipansky, bringing them to the NDP 44-yard line. Schweigert then threw a long touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Patrick Kelley with senior kicker Troy Zaro making the extra point. The Saints beat the Falcons, 49-6, and their next home game is on October 11th against region rival Horizon.