The outlook is getting a bit better for the St. Anthony's football team. An opening season loss to St. Joseph's of Buffalo and an unforgiving schedule that has the Friars on the road for three straight weeks was a major concern.
"We needed a 'W' and to get some things right on both sides of the ball," St. Anthony's coach Rich Reichert said. "Our schedule is very tough, opening with three weeks on the road."
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The running of halfback Jordan Gowins and a defensive unit that came up with a few big stops in the second half propelled the Friars past host Holy Trinity, 27-14, Saturday in a CHSFL AAA game.
Gowins carried 16 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns, including a 17-yard scoring run on the opening drive.
"We had a nice methodical drive that went 80 yards in 10 plays to start the game," Reichert said. "And I thought we looked great through that first half and then we were a little flat in the second half."
St. Anthony's (1-1) built a 24-7 halftime lead as quarterback Greg Galligan fired a 47-yard TD pass to Nick Esposito and Gowins added a 13-yard TD run.
Galligan completed 18 of 29 passes for 220 yards and had one interception. Holy Trinity (1-1) got within 27-14 on Ryan Rossi's second TD run -- this one from 6 yards.
"Our defense played well," Reichert said. "We had a key fourth quarter goal-line stand."
Senior linebacker Joe Sotomayor made the big stop on fourth down for the Friars. He finished with 11 tackles, including four for a loss.
St. Anthony's heads to undefeated Stepinac (2-0) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. "I think they're the team to beat," Reichert said.