Shamrocks fall to perfection

The football season came to an end this weekend for Northwest Chicago’s St. Patrick High School Shamrocks, just one week after their first playoff win in eight years.

Fresh off a 41-15 drubbing of Glenbard South, the Shamrocks (7-4) kicked off in Northwest suburban Cary at 1 p.m. Saturday against the Cary-Grove Trojans (11-0) in the second round of the 6A IHSA playoffs.

Before the game Head Coach Dan Galante said, “We were picked to finish seventh or eight this season by most of the local media and we finished third and now we are here playing hard some more.”

But the game did not get off to the start St. Patrick had hoped, with Cary-Grove scoring on it’s first six possessions, including a 75-yard touchdown run by Cary-Grove’s star senior fullback Kyle Norberg (17 carries, 205 yards), on their first possession.

After falling behind 14-0, the Shamrocks struck back with a 41-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Zack Fuller to senior receiver Steve Galiardo, one of his two touchdown receptions.

Cary-Grove pushed the score to 21-7 on the ensuing possession, but the Shamrocks again responded with a touchdown of their own when star junior running back, Jeremy Molina (20 carries, 185 yards) scored his fifteenth touchdown of the season on a handoff at the four-yard line.

Unfortunately, Cary-Grove took over from there, scoring 21 consecutive points and putting the game out of reach for St. Patrick.

“The guys fought hard and showed plenty of the same heart and effort that has characterized this team all season,” St. Patrick Principal Joe Schmidt said.

In the fourth quarter Cary-Grove began pulling its starters and coasted to a 49-21 victory.

The Trojans are now set to play Crystal Lake-Central next week, while the Shamrocks will now be able to reflect on their great season.

“We accomplished a lot this year. We finished third in a conference we weren’t even picked to contend in,” Galante said.

“Eight of our players were named to the all-conference team. It was a great season”

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