St. Ignatius Dominates Michigan Powerhouse

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Defending Division I State Champion St. Ignatius, showed why it is once again the top-ranked team in the FOX-8 Top 8, routing Michigan powerhouse De La Salle, 49-13, on Saturday afternoon at Byers Field.

The Wildcats determined defense harassed Pilots’ quarterback Shane Morris, a University of Michigan recruit, who is ranked second in the nation at his position by the scouting service,

St Ignatius’ far less heralded quarterback, Michael LaManna led the way as the Wildcats dominated De La Salle in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score. 

LaManna continued to demonstrate why he is already being mentioned among the area’s top quarterbacks, after just two career starts. The St. Ignatius signal caller finished 18 for 24 with four touchdown passes, including three in the first half, as the Wildcats scored on four of their first five possessions and jumped out to a 38-0 lead at the intermission.

Connor Hennessey caught two of LaManna’s scoring passes, while senior tailback Tim McVey also found the end zone twice, once on the ground, and once through the air. Rocky Zingale also scored for St. Ignatius, which added a pair of safeties and a Matt Calella field goal to close out the scoring. 

For the second straight week, the Wildcats first team defense did not allow a point, and De La Salle only found the end zone after the reserves took over midway through the third quarter.  LaManna finished with 367 yards passing, just 22 shy of Nate Szep’s single-game school record, set back in 2001.

Coach Chuck Kyle and St. Ignatius (2-0) continue their difficult schedule next Saturday, September 8, when the Wildcats host Coach Steve Trivisonno’s talented Mentor Cardinals (2-0) at Byers Field at 7:00 pm. The winner will likely move to the top of the Region 1 OHSAA Playoff Standings.

For more final scores, plus video highlights and photo galleries from all of Friday and Saturday's games, head over to the FOX-8 High School Football page.