Football Competes Against St. John Paul II Academy in Season Opener
The Saint Andrew’s Scots football team kicked off their 2020 season Friday Night October 23 in front of a socially distanced and limited capacity home crowd, after an offseason full of questions about whether they would be able to take the field at all, this fall.
With the game being streamed live, so the entire Saint Andrew’s community could “attend” in spirit, the Scots took the field against a vastly improved and battle-ready 3-2 Saint John Paul II squad. Conversely the Scots hadn’t played a game yet and even missed their one preseason opportunity due to inclement weather. “You have a pre season game for a reason,” said Saint Andrew’s Head Coach Jimmy Robertson. “This was our very first game experience and they were entering their 6th game of the year, so It was tough...but we still had chances to win the game.”
Unfortunately, the Scots fell 28-20 to Saint John Paul II in a game that was dominated early on by the Eagles and featured a great comeback by the Scots who closed to within one score in the final minute of the contest.
On offense, the Scots were led by their Senior Captain and quarterback, Jeremiah Young, who threw for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns, and highly recruited junior, Matthew James who added 6 catches, including 2 that went for touchdowns. Defensively, Sophomore Nick Bailey had 17 tackles to lead the Scots in that department.
In spite of a few hiccups that can be expected in a season opener Coach Robertson was pleased with what he saw on Don Jones Memorial Field. ”We knew it would take us a little bit to get into a rhythm. We had some first game mistakes, but overall we saw a lot of good things as a team. Mathew James is going to stand out every week. Addison Hoffman did some big things on both sides of the ball. Blake Birkins played great defense all night. And, Alex Vazquez sure can kick the ball. That is a D1 kicker, right there.”
The cheerleaders were also able to celebrate their opening night as well in front of the Scots football team and the limited number of fans in attendance. The cheerleading squad did not disappoint keeping the spectators engaged throughout the game and with an exceptional halftime performance. Congratulations to the girls and to coaches Lauren Berger, Paige Moylan, and Stacy O'Connell.
Saint Andrew’s will travel to Westminster Academy on Friday, October 30 to take on the Lions at 7:00PM.
A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for grades Pre-K - 12, Saint Andrew's School is a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition.