Dominic Milisauskas, top right, and Alec Gessert, bottom, of St. Joseph tackle Noah Ahles of Shoreland Lutheran during a Metro Classic Conference game in Somers on Friday night. St. Joseph won, 14-3. ( BRIAN PASSINO )
SOMERS — For most of Friday night’s regular-season finale, both St. Joseph and Shoreland Lutheran seemed to be on the verge of breaking out.
And then in a blink, it was the Lancers who did.
Midway through the fourth quarter, senior Alec Gessert scampered for a key 36-yard punt return to the Pacers’ 18-yard line, and four plays later, St. Joseph’s Wyatt Draper punched in the game-clinching touchdown to lift the Lancers to a hard-fought 14-3 Metro Classic Conference victory.
St. Joseph’s chance to win its first conference championship since 2005, when it was a member of the now-defunct Lakeshore Conference, is all but over following the Lancers’ 24-13 loss to Racine St. Catherine’s on Friday night at Ameche Field on Friday night.
While St. Catherine’s (6-2, 5-1 MCC) clinched at least a share of the Metro Classic Conference title with the win, St. Joseph (5-3 overall) dropped into a three-way tie for second in the eight-team league at 4-2 with Greendale Martin Luther (6-2 overall) and Racine Lutheran (5-3 overall).
RACINE — If there was a perfect time for Shoreland Lutheran to make a defensive statement for the 2016 season, it was in the second half of Friday’s Metro Classic Conference clash against Racine Lutheran at Horlick Field.
The Pacers trailed 21-14 at halftime, and had little luck up to that point keeping the high-powered Crusaders 21-14 out of the end zone.
The Shoreland Lutheran football team was no match for Dashaun Brown and Racine St. Catherine’s on Saturday afternoon.
Brown, a sophomore quarterback, completed 8-of-21 passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns and ran 17 times for 157 yards and two scores as the Angels routed the Pacers 44-7 in a Metro Classic Conference game at Horlick Field in Racine.
The Shoreland Lutheran football team gained just 105 yards and had five turnovers in losing its 10th straight game to Burlington Catholic Central, 21-0, Friday in the Metro Classic Conference opener for both teams.
There were plenty of accolades to go around after Wilmot’s 64-7 thumping of visiting Cudahy on Friday.
Included in the praise was the work of the Panthers’ talented underclassmen who have helped their team post a 2-0 record in a pair of non-conference contests heading into Friday’s Southern Lakes Conference opener with defending co-champion Waterford.