St. Michael uses running game to hold off KIPP Renaissance, 21-14

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Protecting a one score lead, St. Michael the Archangel managed to take time off the clock Friday night and hold off KIPP Rennaisance, 21-14, in Denham Springs.

The Warriors secured their first win of the season.

Turning to the unexpected from the start, St. Michael jumped out early with an onside kick to start the game followed by a wide receiver pass for a 46 yard touchdown on their first possession to lead 7-0 only 15 seconds into the game.

The quick score helped fuel St. Michael’s against a KIPP squad playing their first game of the season. The Warriors defense then stepped up for a blocked punt by Matt Howard in the end zone to make it 14-0.

The Bobcats finally gained some traction and showed off their speed late in the second quarter. Quick slant routes turned into big gainers. With 2:56 left in the half, KIPP Renaissance narrowed the deficit to 14-7.

“We did a really good job on defense,” said St. Michael coach Justin Hutchinson. “Our coaches challenged them at halftime to not let them score again. We fought hard and improved a lot from last week.”

A patient running game helped St. Michael shorten the game in the second half. Brandon Bourgeois capped a time-consuming drive with a touchdown run with 3:54 left in the third.

KIPP (0-1) responded with 1:03 left in the quarter with another slant but St. Michael’s was still ahead 21-14.

Ball control help off the Bobcats, and the Warriors took home a gritty victory.

“Anytime you win its good we have a lot to correct, we had a few injuries but we will find a way to keep going.”

Next up for St. Michael is a Thursday night game against the Dunham Tigers. KIPP hosts Ascension Catholic, also scheduled for next Thursday.

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