HS Football: St. Philip Falls In 8-Man State Final
The St. Philip Fighting Tigers had an opportunity to pick up another state title, but the first on the football field since 1985.
They had the early lead, ahead at one point by nine points in the second quarter 21-12. Then, the momentum shifted to the top team in 8-Man, the Powers North Central Jets. A fourth and one stop in their own territory, followed by a 63-yard touchdown pass on the very next play would spell doom for St. Philip.
North Central would score five unanswered touchdowns from that point and would conclude the season with their first state title in football, a 58-33 victory over St. Philip.
Junior running back Bobby Kleiman would lead the Jets with five rushing touchdowns and the 63-yard scoring reception. He would run for 209 yards on 21 carries on the night, and account for another 132 yards on four receptions. Junior quarterback Jason Whitens went 9-of-14 for 217 yards through the air, and carried 14 times for 87 yards. North Central gained a total of 572 yards in total offense.
St. Philip received two touchdown runs from senior running back Brayden Darr, part of a 24-carry, 103-yard night. David Downey caught two touchdown passes from Brenden Gausselin on the night, while Gausselin ran for a five-yard score. Through the air, Gausselin went 12-of-20 for 172 yards and two TDs. He also threw two interceptions.
Powers North Central ends their season at 13-0, while St. Philip ends at 12-1.