Football team just misses playoffs

Gessert reaches 1,000 yards to lead team

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 The seniors laid it all on the line for senior night in their final home game of the season. It was a dog fight the entire game with both teams fighting to secure a spot in the playoffs. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Lancers in overtime. The seniors made every effort to hold on to their season a little bit longer before succumbing in a closely-played contest that went down to the final whistle.

At the end of the first half, the score was 7-0 in favor of Catholic Central. At the close of the fourth quarter, the score was 14-14 and the two teams headed into overtime. Burlington Catholic Central scored and converted the point after touchdown. St. Joseph made it down to the four yard line but then a costly personal foul got them sent back to the 19 yard line and the Lancers couldn’t find the end zone.

Seniors revel in their final moments as Lancers with coach Rizzo.

Two good things about that game: the Lancers never gave up and kept fighting, and Jake Gessert, their senior running back, eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing. “It felt great to be the second leading rusher in the conference and top 50 in state. It was a fun and memorable season,” said Gessert.

The Lancers had a tough road ahead of them facing state ranked division 4 St. Catherine’s in their final game of the season. The Lancers simply could not get their offense moving. The St. Catherine’s defense was flying around the field stopping everything the Lancers tried. With the score 29-0 at the end of the first half it didn’t look too promising for the Lancers. With the final few seconds of the clock winding down that was it for the St. Joseph football team losing 41-7 to St. Catherine’s.

The St. Joseph football team had a very promising start to their football season but fell short of their ultimate goal. The seniors gave it their all every game, every play, all season long. “We’re a brotherhood and I’ll never forget playing with these guys. They pushed me all season long to be the best I can. I don’t think that our record reflects on how hard we worked. I believe that this team could have made a good playoff run,” said senior center/nose tackle Bradley Jankowski.

Jacob Ashmus finished as the team’s leading passer with 746 yards. Jake Gessert ran for 1026 yards to lead the team in rushing. Max Mccarville had 371 yards in receptions, good for sixth in conference and most on the team. Four out of the top six leading tacklers for the Lancers were seniors. Overall, the Lancers finished 5-4 and 3-4 in conference.