Mustangs Advance to Catholic League Championship

On Friday night the St. Rita seniors took Pat Cronin Field for the very last time, and they did so in hopes of earning another shot at their archrival Mt. Carmel, who had beaten them 35-14 back in week four.

Article written by: John Nee '93

After falling behind St. Ignatius 7-0 in the second quarter, the Mustangs exploded for 35-straight points before holding on for a 35-21 victory over the Wolfpack. 

Trailing 7-0 with fewer than four minutes until halftime, the Mustangs ended the half with a 60-yard touchdown drive, sparked by sophomore quarterback Jake Zylman, to enter the halftime locker room deadlocked at seven.  The third quarter was all Mustangs as they scored on all three of their possessions in the quarter to take a commanding 28-7 lead into the fourth. After the offense took the second half kickoff and drove 70 yards to take a 14-7 lead, the defense contributed great field position by stopping a Wolfpack fake punt attempt and recovering a fumble both deep in Iggy territory.

The Stangs would open the fourth with another long touchdown drive to open up an insurmountable 28-point lead, before they cleared the benches allowing all 90+ players an opportunity to experience some game action.

The Mustangs were led offensively by junior running back Shaun Rule (16 carries, 95 yards, 4tds) and sophomore quarterback Jake Zylman (10 carries, 55 yards).  Defensively, senior captain and All-Catholic Blue selection Mike Tiernan led the way with nine tackles, and senior All-Catholic Blue defensive lineman Thomas Stacker was unblockable all night recording a game-high 11 tackles.

The Mustangs (5-6) will now get their chance to avenge their earlier loss to Mt. Carmel as they travel Friday night to Gately Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff where the winner will advance to the Prep Bowl on the Friday after Thanksgiving.