Hannan fights through adversity to beat Central Catholic, 21-13
In a defensive battle, the Archbishop Hannan Hawks proved to have just enough to take home a 21-13 win against the Central Catholic Screamin’ Eagles in Morgan City.
After a first half that saw both teams gain less than 100 yards, the Hawks scored two touchdowns in the second half to seal the victory.
Hannan coach Scott Wattigny said he was happy with the defensive effort from his Hawks, especially with an offense that struggled to find its rhythm at times during the game.
“We knew our offense was going to score, but we weren’t quite having the success we had against Independence last week,” Wattigny said. “I thought we did a fantastic job defensively. We got a little lazy at times, but for the first 20 minutes of both halves I thought we were lights out.”
“You play a 24 minute half and for the first 20 minutes we were lights out defensively. We got a little lazy and they got a quick seven on us. But how we responded in the second half Giving the ball back to our offense. We were off beat a little bit but I thought our guys did a fantastic job. Truly a perserverence win. Kept fighting and fighting.
Senior quarterback Chris Rabensteiner once again starred for the Hawks, scoring the first two touchdowns for the Hawks and rushing for 93 yards.
Brendan David scored the final touchdown for the Hawks and put in a dominant fourth quarter display, rushing for 96 yards on nine attempts.
“This was truly a perseverance win. We went into the half down 7-6, but kept fighting and fighting,” Wattigny said. “I was really happy with how we responded in the second half.”
The scoring opened in the second quarter when Rabensteiner capped off a six play, 62 yard drive with a six-yard touchdown plunge.
The Screamin’ Eagles responded right before halftime, though, with Chris Singleton punching it in from one-yard out to give Central Catholic a 7-6 lead with 34 seconds left in the half.
But the Hawks opened the second half with a defensive stop and followed it with an eight play, 63 yard drive finished off by Rabensteiner’s second touchdown of the night.
David’s touchdown appeared to end the contest late in the fourth quarter, but Singleton ripped off a 66-yard touchdown run to make it interesting for the Hawks late.
But Hannan picked up a first down on a 25-yard run from David to ice the game and improve to 2-0 on the season.
“That’s what we work on all the time,” Wattigny said. “Perseverance is one of the main pillars of our team and our team was very courageous tonight in continuing to fight through whatever adversity they went though tonight.”
AHS – Chris Rabensteiner 6 run (Seth Cailouett Kick Failed)
CCMC – Chris Singleton 1 run (Phillip Gaurisco Kick Good)
AHS – Rabensteiner 2 run (Cailouett conversion good from Rabensteiner)
AHS – Brendan David 5 run (Kick Good)
CCMC – Singleton 66 run (Kick Failed)
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