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Paul VI Slides into Postseason Safely

Saturday, October 30, 2004

By Jason Brown
SJSports Special Correspondent

The Eagles from Paul VI has been surprising everyone this year with their effort on the football field. Starting the season out winning their first two games had coaches from the opposing team reminding their players that this team is not going to be an easy win. For so long the Eagles have struggled, but now they have been rewarded with a winning record and a trip to the Parochial Group III playoffs. By posting a 42-14 win over Northern Burlington, Paul VI improved their record to 4-3 guaranteeing them a playoff position.

Terrance Riley had a big day for the Eagles even with the muddy field conditions. Riley scored the first touchdown in the second quarter and lead by a slim one point lead, 7-6, at intermission. Quarterback Pates rushed for the score for the Greyhounds. After another rushing touchdown, this time from 5 yards out by Riley, Paul VI soon found themselves trailing 14-13 in the third quarter when Northern Burlington completed a successful two point conversion after a one yard Steel run.

By this point, the Greyhounds were not looking like a winless football team and Paul VI could since it. Switching gears quickly, three more rushing touchdowns by Riley proved to the Eagles that running the ball was the way to finally put this game out of reach. Michael D’Angelo started the comeback with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Harper to regain the lead, and then it was all Riley that included a 65-yard run.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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