Mustang Offense Rules The Day

In the first six weeks of the 2015 football season, the St. Rita offense was a work-in-progress, to say the least. That was before Shaun Rule came back from injury. On Friday night, October 30, Rule rushed for over 200 yards and five touchdowns leading the Mustangs to a 38-24 win over De La Salle.

St. Rita running back junior Shaun Rule (#2 Calvin Christian School)

Article written by: John Nee '93

In the four games since his return from a back injury suffered his sophomore football season but not diagnosed until last spring, Rule has rushed for 560 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Rule, a junior, has the big play capabilities that the Mustang offense has lacked most of the season as evidenced by his 70-yard run and 85-yard touchdown reception against Brother Rice two weeks ago. 

The Mustangs started slowly on Friday against the Meteors and fell behind 7-0 early in the second quarter. The St. Rita offense then came alive with back-to-back long drives culminated with a pair of touchdown runs by Rule as the Mustangs took a 14-7 lead into the locker room.

St. Rita defensemen including junior Sean Coghlan (#58, St. Cajetan), junior Liam Kelly (44, St. Cajetan), and senior Joe Doweiko (#64, Most Holy Redeemer)

The third quarter began much the same way as the half ended with the Mustangs driving deep into Meteor territory only to settle for freshman kicker Gavin Mottl’s first career field goal giving the Stangs a 17-7 lead. A Meteor field goal would cut the deficit back to a touchdown before the Mustang offense exploded for three Rule touchdown runs in the fourth quarter providing the final margin of victory.

St. Rita quarterback junior Connor Kelly (#11, St. Barnabas) and senior offensive lineman Drew Walega (#56, St. Christina)

St. Rita also received quite a spark in Friday’s victory from the lower levels as sophomore David Gleaves (2 carries, 43 yards) and freshman Jacob Stefanski (4 carries, 36 yards) contributed in the win.

The Mustangs (4-6) will have a bye this weekend as they await the result of the DePaul Prep/St. Ignatius game (Saturday noon).

St. Rita defense stepping up to stop the De La Salle attack. Senior Mike Tiernan (#37 St. Catherine of Alexandria), senior Thomas Stacker (#55 Lansing Christian School) and junior Liam Kelly (#44 St. Cajetan)