Searing helps St. Michael end losing streak with 45-28 win over Tara

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St. Michael The Archangel showed some offensive and defensive firepower in the last regular season game Thursday night against the Tara Trojans to break a seven-game losing skid, 45-28.

Chris Searing led the Warriors with four touchdowns on the night (two receiving and two rushing). Searing was also a big name on defense as he was able to put pressure on Tara quarterback Brandon Jordan most of the night.

Within the first 1:04 seconds, there were three touchdowns scored by the two teams. St. Michael (3-7) took the opening kickoff and went 55 yards in just tow plays for their first score, then on the next kickoff tried an onside kickoff which they recovered. The Warriors struck again in just a pair of plays from scrimmage for another 50 yard drive to go up 14-0 in just under 45 seconds off the game clock.

Tara provided offensive prowess of their own when senior tailback Chris Avery showed why he leads the state in rushing yards to help cut the deficit in half.

It appeared like a high scoring slugfest was in store all night but St. Michael did finally get a key stop just before the half.

On Tara’s opening drive of the second half, the Warriors came up big on defense against with an interception to halt the Trojans.

St Michael showed some great poise for head justin Hutchinson, who had his team playing inspired through most of the night after a tough stretch of games. When frustrations were obviously shown from either team, he quickly brought his squad together to calm them down and focus on the task at hand.

Next up is the waiting game of finding out where the Warriors will be playing for their Division II playoff game next week. Tara (3-7) is not expected to have power rating points high enough to make the Class 4A bracket.

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