St. Mary drops close contest in battle of the Marauders

The St. Mary Marauders came close to spoiling homecoming weekend in Saskatoon on Thursday.

The Prince Albert high school football team lost an 18-17 nail-biter to Walter Murray Collegiate in a battle of the Marauders at Saskatoon Minor Football Field.

The loss drops St. Mary to 0-2 on the season while the Walter Murray Marauders improves to 2-0.

The home side opened the scoring with a 30-yard field goal nearly four minutes into the game, but it was the visitors who scored the first touchdown.

St. Mary quarterback Tyler Rock plunged across the goal line from 1-yard out to put his team in front 7-3 10 minutes into the contest.

Walter Murray regained the lead in the second quarter when Adam LaBrash hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 10-7 at halftime.

The third quarter turned into a defensive struggle as both offences failed to put points on the board.

St. Mary broke the scoring drought just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter, when Grant Alexander hauled in a 35-yard touchdown toss from Rock to make the score 14-10. They extended their lead to 17-10 just a few minutes later, when Kyle Witkowski booted a 26-yard field goal.

The lead held until the final five minutes when Walter Murray hit paydirt on a 15-yard passing play, and added a successful two-point convert to make the final score 18-17.

The St. Mary Marauders are back in action on Thursday, Sept. 21, when they take on their cross-town rivals from Carlton in the annual Canadian Tire Cup. Kick-off is 6:30 p.m. at Max Clunie Field.

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