Holy Angels senior Thomas Shelstad turns the corner against the Benilde-St. Margaret's defense in the second quarter, scoring the team's second touchdown. The Stars defeated the Red Knights 34-17. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Holy Angels' Rook Rowe fights his way into the end zone, giving his team the lead in the fourth quarter as the Stars went on to beat the Red Knights in front of their home crowd 34-17. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
The Holy Angels football team won 12 of its 13 games during a 2017 season that included a Class 4A state championship. The one loss? A 20-19 final against Benilde-St. Margaret's last October.
With an undefeated record and a large crowd on homecoming, the Stars, ranked No. 1 in the Class 4A Associated Press poll, wanted to make sure a repeat didn't happen again Friday. And with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, they did just that in a 34-17 victory.
A constant drizzle and cold conditions did not make things easy for the offenses of Holy Angels (6-0, 4-0) and Benilde-St. Margaret's (3-3, 3-1) on Friday night, but the Stars committed to a ground game and prevailed at home, winning 34-17.
Benilde-St. Margaret's held a 17-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, thanks to field position on turnovers and a defensive touchdown. However, when it became crunch time, the Associated Press' No. 1 ranked team in Class 4A came through.
Stars quarterback Rook Rowe scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Thomas Shelstad added another in the victory. Shelstad finished with two touchdowns and rushed for 99 yards for Holy Angels.
Isaiah Smith ran for 95 yards for the Red Knights, while John Landry scored on a 16-yard touchdown reception and added a defensive touchdown on a 26-yard fumble recovery.
Benilde-St. Margaret's junior Isaiah Smith hurdles his teammate Elijah Brown in hopes of reaching the end zone in the third quarter. The Red Knights lost to the Stars 34-17 on a misty Friday night. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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