Mariners make stand in 21-7 triumph over Whitnall

St. Francis grid team hikes record to 3-2

Sept. 27, 2007

The St. Francis defense was in shutdown mode.

The Mariners barely let Whitnall's offense reach three figures in yardage in their 21-7 Woodland Conference victory Sept. 21 at St. Francis.

"The defense was pretty good," Sarver said. "I thought our defensive effort against Greendale was good except for a few plays. We were able to keep away from giving up the big play this week."

The Mariners (3-2 overall, 3-1 in the Woodland South) held Whitnall (2-3, 2-2) to 17 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Whitnall had 96 yards passing. That comes out to a tidy 113 yards.

"We basically shut down the run," Sarver said. "It's kind of the same type of spread formation that Greendale runs."

Senior linebacker Mario Scianni led the defensive charge with eight tackles, including one for a loss. Senior safety Jamin Chilson also had a tackle for loss, senior lineman Mike Paquette contributed a sack, and junior defensive back Tyler Bostedt had an interception that led to the Mariners' second touchdown.

"It's like we were a step slow in terms of processing everything," Whitnall coach Rob Leboeuf said. "Kinesthetically, we were a step slow."

When the Mariners had the ball, they were pretty efficient. Junior quarterback Cory Knapp threw a pair of touchdown passes and was 12-for-21 for 131 yards. They pounded out 181 yards on the ground, with sophomore fullback Evan Biller contributing 77 on 17 carries and senior halfback Thomas Fera adding 69 on 13 carries.

"The good thing about the game was we didn't put the ball on the ground as we have been," Sarver said.

On the other hand …

"The bad thing was, the penalty bug, which we haven't had all year long, kind of hurt us," Sarver said, referring to his team's 10 penalties for 80 yards.

Knapp's 5-yard touchdown pass to Fera and Biller's 1-yard scoring run, which both came in the second quarter, gave the Mariners a 14-0 lead entering the break. After Whitnall closed to 14-7 in the third quarter, Sarver had a big decision to make when his team had a fourth-and-4 at the Whitnall 36.

"We were on the 36, and our defense was playing well," Sarver said.

The Mariners went for it, Fera found a seam in the defense, Knapp got him the ball, and the Mariners were in control again.

"We needed this win because it keeps us on track in the playoff scenario, and gives us a boost going into the Cudahy game," Sarver said.

St. Francis will visit Cudahy at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

Jerry Karpowicz can be reached at (262) 446-6628 or

Next Kickoff

WHO: St. Francis (3-2) vs. Cudahy (2-3)

WHAT: Woodland Conference football game

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28

WHERE: Cudahy High School, 4950 South Lake Drive

PREVIEW: St. Francis won last year's meeting, 19-17 … Cudahy trailed, 14-0, after the first quarter of 40-14 defeat at Greendale last week … Cudahy quarterback Scott Sekach was 9-for-28 for 98 yards against Greendale and was intercepted twice … Packers' Soua Xiong has run for 454 yards and six touchdowns … teammate Ryan Post has contributed 302 rushing yards and four touchdowns … in two games, Sekach is 20-for-46 (43.5 percent) for 314 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.


St. Francis 21, Whitnall 7

WhitnallSt. Francis
First Downs615
Rushing Yards17181
Passing Yards96131
Total Yards113312
St. Francis01470-21


St. Francis - Thomas Fera, 5, pass from Cory Knapp (Chris Hemmer, kick).

St. Francis - Evan Biller, 1, run (Hemmer, kick).

Whitnall - Shane Chelminak, 23, pass from Bennett Kaye (Alex Mogenson, kick).

St. Francis - Fera, 36, pass from Knapp (Hemmer, kick)

Individual Leaders

Rushing - St. Francis, Biller 17-77, Fera 13-69, Will Frisch 8-27, Mario Scianni 3-8.

Passing - Whitnall, Knapp 13-26-1-96; St. Francis, Knapp 12-21-0-131.

Receiving - St. Francis, Tyler Bostedt 5-40, Scianni 3-31, Fera 3-52, Edwards 1-8.

Interception- St. Francis, Bostedt.

Tackles - St. Francis, Scianni 8, Justin Hiltunen 6, Sam Rusch, Jordan Hrncar and Bostedt 5.

Tackles for loss- St. Francis, Scianni, Jamin Chilson.

Sack- St. Francis, Mike Paquette.

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