Oct. 8, 2022
Coach D. Kelly, NDRS | Photography: S. Crema
The Notre Dame Jugglers dropped their first game of the season on Friday afternoon, a 36-27 loss to Carson Graham of North Vancouver on Juggler Field.
The Jugglers started strong, scoring on their first play from scrimmage. This was a 60-yard sprint by running back Eathen Knutson, leaving several Carson Graham Eagles in his wake. A Matteo Gil conversion made it 7-0 Notre Dame.
The Juggler defense held Carson Graham off the score sheet with some heroic goal line work in the late first and early second quarters. Meanwhile, Notre Dame managed to add another major, a 10-yard pass from QB Max Brougham to tight end Isaiah Picariello. Gil's convert made it 14-0 Jugglers.
Carson Graham finally cashed in with a touchdown late in the second quarter, but missed on their two-point conversion, leaving the score 14-6, and that is the way the first half ended.
The Eagles scored with regularity in the second half as the Juggler defense sagged a little and the offense was having trouble moving the ball.
In the third quarter, Carson scored a touchdown and a two-point convert to even the score at 14. The Jugglers, however, responded with a brilliant 70-yard touchdown pass from Brougham to Sal Renzullo. Gil's conversion kick made it 21- 14 Notre Dame.
Carson Graham assumed control at this point as 3 consecutive touchdowns and 2 two-point conversion plays made it 36- 21 Carson.
Notre Dame, under the leadership of grade 11 QB Andrea Ferronato, then went on a 60-yard drive for a touchdown, capped by a 30-yard pass play to Knutson.
The resulting final score was 36-27 Carson Graham.
A very strong and well-prepared Carson Graham team was on display this afternoon. We made some big plays but in the end the consistent pressure of Carson's attack and stiff defense prevailed. The Varsity boys now travel to Victoria next Friday for a battle with Mt. Douglas, an annual B.C. powerhouse. We need to have a solid week of practice in preparation.