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St. Aloysius fell in a close match to Riverfield



St. Aloysius football team. (Photo by Keith Phillips)

St. Aloysius couldn’t hold on to their 13-0 first quarter lead against Riverfield and took a tough 28-21 loss on Friday.

The Flashes came out hot in the first quarter with a touchdown run by Padre Gray, Jr. and a big block by Damien Reeves to go up 7-0.

Once the St. Al defense got on the field, they quickly forced a turnover shortly after a sack by Stone Williams and Josh Larsen. The play set up quarterback Tristan Wilbanks with a rushing touchdown to go up 13-0.

Riverfield responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter which gave them a 14-13 lead going into halftime.

Big plays made by Adam Francisco, Jack Gannon, Gray and Wilbanks proved to not be enough to get the Flashes on the board in the third quarter.

Wilbanks would find the endzone one more time in the fourth quarter, but as time expired the Flashes still were trailing.

Tristan Wilbanks (Photo by Keith Phillips)

“I feel they played with everything they got,” head coach Bubba Nettles said. “I’m so proud of them. They left it all on the field. To take the two time defending state champs to the wire, just shows the kind of fight these young men have. I can’t say enough positive things.”

St. Al will be back at home on Friday against Brookhaven Academy.

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