Football drops tough game to St Andrews

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ILS faced off against Saint Andrew’s last Friday.

Boca Raton, FL – Last Friday night, the ILS football team traveled north for a non-conference matchup against the Saint Andrew’s Scots, but despite a fourth-quarter rally, the team dropped the tough game 25-8.

Saint Andrew’s (5-1) had several hundred fans in attendance for this one, and unlike some of the other games this season, this game was played in fair weather conditions.

The game opened between the two evenly matched teams and was scoreless at the end of the first quarter. The ILS defense did not allow their opponent to score, despite Saint Andrew’s driving into ILS territory on two occasions. The Royal Lions Special Teams came up with a huge blocked kick at the end of the quarter.

The defense continued their solid play into the second quarter. Despite allowing the Scots to drive down to the 11-yard line, the ILS defense turned Saint Andrew’s over on downs and took over without allowing a score. The Royal Lions drove the ball out to the 43-yard line at that point before a costly fumble. Saint Andrew’s returned the fumble for a touchdown.

During the subsequent possession, the ILS offensive line allowed a pair of sacks. The Royal Lions punted the ball to the Scots, who quickly scored their first offensive touchdown of the game on a 45-yard pass.

The offense responded on their next possession with a pair of long passes from senior quarterback Francis Coronado to freshman Demetrius Johnson and junior Kiondre Glinton. Unfortunately, another sack by Saint Andrew’s sabotaged the drive. The Scots held a 13-0 lead at the half.

To open the third quarter, the ILS offense drove all the way down to the Saint Andrew’s 31-yard before the drive stalled. Then, midway through the third quarter, Saint Andrew’s connected on a 71-yard touchdown pass for a 19-0 lead.

Saint Andrew’s scored their final touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter when a breakdown in the ILS secondary led to a 15-yard touchdown pass for the Scots and a 25-0 lead.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Coronado threw another interception. But after, the ILS defense stepped up and turned Saint Andrew’s over on downs. From there, Coronado led the Royal Lions on a scoring drive.

Coronado completed long passes to Glinton and senior Zach Barrios to get the Royal Loins to the 3-yard line. From there, ILS punched in their first score with a 3-yard run. Coronado then covered the 2-point conversion with a short pass to freshman Demetrius Johnson.

The Royal Lions fought hard throughout the game, but in the end there were too many crippling mistakes that led to points for the Scots. The ILS football dropped to 3-4 on the season and will prep for their next game against King’s Academy during a Bye week.