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Longo helps carry Holy Angels past South St. Paul in convincing win

By Matthew Davis, SportsEngine, 08/30/19, 4:00PM CDT


The Stars' Joe Longo joined with running back Alex Knoll for four TDs in season opener.

Holy Angels junior running back Alex Knoll evaded South St. Paul's defense on his way to the end zone Friday night. The Stars beat the Packers 44-14. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Holy Angels junior running back Joe Longo made the most of his time with the ball against South St. Paul on Thursday.

He scored two rushing touchdowns in the Stars’ 44-14 rout of the Packers. His first, a 2-yard run, put the Stars up 7-0 in the first quarter, before adding a second in the third quarter to pad a 37-7 cushion against the Packers.

“My goal is to get in the end zone,” said Longo, who splits time at linebacker.

Holy Angels quarterback Theo Doran connected with Seth Owns on a 30-yard TD pass Friday night against South St. Paul. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First Report

Holy Angels’ momentum snowballed from the start in rolling to a 44-14 win over South St. Paul Friday night.

Junior running back Joe Longo started the Stars’ scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Stars (1-0) missed a scoring opportunity when senior quarterback Theo Doran couldn’t connect with junior wide receiver Bryce Boyd in the end zone, a pass the Packers (0-1) nearly picked off.

After pinning South St. Paul near its goal line, the Stars were handed two more points on a safety due a botched Packers punt in the back of the end zone.

Junior running back Alex Knoll took over, logging TD runs of 30 and 7 yards as the Stars built a 23-0 lead in the second quarter. Knoll rushed for 50 yards in the first half.

Packers quarterback Mitch Felton guided his team into Stars territory at the end of the half but came up empty. Then Holy Angels senior linebacker Jack Miller intercepted a pass on the Packers’ first drive of the third quarter.

The Stars bolted ahead 30-7 a play later with a 30-yard TD pass by Doran to senior wide receiver Seth Owens. The Stars tacked on another score in the third quarter on Longo’s second TD of the game, a 1-yard run. Doran kept the lead at 30 in the fourth quarter when he found senior tight end Thomas Mahoney for a 1-yard TD.

South St. Paul scored its first points on a 21-yard TD by junior running back Quinn Christoffersen in the third quarter. The Packers added another score on a 34-yard TD pass by Felton to junior wide receiver Jahairius Burnside. 

The Packers also had bright spots on defense with a fumble recovery by junior defensive back Cole Sitar and an interception by senior defensive back Max Bauer.

South St. Paul junior running back Quinn Christoffersen scores the Packers' first TD Friday night on a 21-yard carry. The Packers lost to Holy Angels 44-14. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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