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ASC Head Coach Jeff Bisel and Reese Coach Bob Saylor chat before the game. (Right) Coin toss - Co-ASC Capts. Marc Kwapiszewski, Ben Latocki, Ricky Phillips

Undermanned Cougars Give Reese a Run For Their Money Before Losing 18-7

"Played our hearts out, nothing to be ashamed about," said Coach Bisel

September 3, 2007       Leave a Comment
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By Kevin Kula

As the clock neared 7 p.m., the crowd started arriving at St. Stan's AC Field full of doubt about the upcoming showdown against the much larger Reese Rockets. It was the first Varsity home game of the season.

All Saints Head Coach Jeff Bisel, before the nights action began, stated that the Cougars had a lot to prove in the upcoming game.

Starting off the night regarded as the "underdogs", the Cougars quickly shook off that title when Ben Latocki surprised the Rocket defense with a 27 yard pass to B. J. Weaver for a shocking early touchdown. The Cougars then tacked on the PAT to take a 7-0 lead.

All Saints' B. J. Weaver takes pass from Ben Latocki to give the Cougars a 7-0 early lead over the Reese Rockets. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)

After their triumphant score in the first quarter, the Cougars defense managed to keep the Rockets at bay long enough to take the 7-0 halftime lead -- much to the delight of the spirited home crowd.

Cheering on the Cougars: Rachel Phillips, Aly Beaver, Jenna Pawlicki, Megan Clements, Morgan MacGregor, Colleen Grzegorczyk, Kayla Ambroziak, Alisha Grzegroczyk, Katie VanGelderan, Ashley Tomaszewski. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)

Showing their support for the Cougars, the All Saints Pom Pon squad dazzled All Saints and Reese spectators alike, with their peppy half-time routine to "Dancing with My Self."

A Break in the Action: All Saints players get water and a word of encouragement from their coaches during halftime. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)

With the score standing at 7-0, the second half kickoff found All Saints supporters enthusiastic and hopeful for a miracle victory. A Reese fumble recovered by Cougar #23 Kevin Klapish in the first few minutes of the third quarter served to heighten the excitement and keep the ever hopeful crowd on the edge of their seats.

Unfortunately, the Cougar were unable to capitalize on their good fortune, and turned over the ball on downs.

In a stunning play, Rocket quarterback Josh Bierlein then threw a 66 yard pass which was caught and run the rest of the way by receiver Dan Fiting for a touchdown. Surprisingly, the attitude didn't change among the All Saint fans and an interception by Kevin Klapish, kept everyone's spirits high.

Regrettably for the Cougars, the endurance of their defense and offense (which are one and the same) was lacking by the end of the third quarter. The momentum of the game now changed in the Rockets' favor, and they scored two more touchdowns and to take home the victory by a final score of 18-7.

Marc Kwapiszewski (36) is tackled after a short gain. (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)

ASC's Marc Kwapiszewski (36) w/ball drives for a first down. Reese's Dan Fiting (20) is ready for the tackle (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)

An Alumni of All Saints and team trainer, Matt Marvin stated after the game that "We've got a good team, we just ran out of steam."

Coach Jeff Bisel who has coached the Cougars for 23 years now, said, "We played our hearts out, and have nothing to be ashamed of". The crowd mirrored that statement as they left the grounds knowing that the Cougars gave their all.

They've Got All The Numbers: All Saints Central Stats girls are Megan Gerulski, Molly Neymeiyer, Taylor Timm, Maria Spyhalski (MyBayCity Photo by Kevin Kula)

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