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Shamrocks Coast into Second Round

Senior John Dabe scored twice for the Shamrocks, which included an 80-yard kick-off return.
October 29, 2012

By: Mike Glynn '13 

After a rough beginning to the game, the Shamrocks found their groove and cruised to a 41-15 victory over Glenbard South on Saturday. Thousands of fans, including a raucous student section dressed in Halloween costume attire, came out to support Saint Patrick and see their first playoff victory in eight years. The win advanced the Shamrocks to the second round of the IHSA 6A playoffs.

The Raiders of Glenbard South took a 9-7 advantage early in the game, before quarterback Zach Fuller threw a touchdown pass to John Dabe with under 30 seconds left in the first half. After taking a 14-9 lead going into halftime, Saint Patrick came out with a play that is rarely seen in football. Glenbard South kicked off to the Shamrocks, who had a few returners huddle around the ball. John Dabe emerged from the group with the ball, and took it all the way to the end zone, giving Saint Patrick a 20-9 lead. 

From there, the Shamrocks never looked back. The team was powered by junior running back Jeremy Molina, who said, “While we came out expecting to win, the offense put the challenge on the offensive line to come out and win the game. The offensive line gets the credit, first and foremost. I was convinced that it was going to be the best game of my year so far and before the game my goal was to leave the field with no regrets.” Molina sure has no regrets after his all-star performance, in which he rushed for 302 yards on 32 carries and scored 3 touchdowns.

This Saturday, the Shamrocks will take on the Trojans of Cary-Grove. Cary-Grove is the number one seed in the IHSA 6A bracket and they come into the game with a record of 10-0. The game is at Cary-Grove and begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased in the St. Pat’s athletic office.