St. Patrick taking aim on St. Joe's Friday night on the home turf

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - coach Joe Rocconi is getting his Fighting Irish ready for this week, however he says Friday's win is big for everyone involved with St. Patrick.@

"We knew if we could start the season off right with a win our confidence would climb instantly. We have a tough opponent this week St. Joe's out of Madison and this confidence will help us this week."@

Jeffery Holt got the starting nod at quarterback and had to leave the game early in the first quarter with a broken clavicle. Enter 6 foot 1, 195 pound junior Ricky Malone.

Malone completed 15 of 18 passes for 117 yards a touchdown. He added 60 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Malone said, "We worked real hard during the off season getting bigger, stronger, faster and especially with me being new here had to learn a lot of the offense quick, but he definitely prepared us."

Zack Waldrop #14 made his presence known. He hauled in a 15-yard touchdown, tacked on a 5 yard rushing touchdown, recovered two fumbles and had not one but two interceptions.

How tough is it playing on offense and defense?

Waldrop stated, "It is difficult but it's got to be done. I don't have a problem doing it you know that's why we go through summer workouts to get in shape so it's not that big of a problem."@

Running back Ayreon Davis gives the Fighting Irish another offensive weapon at 5-11, 200 pound. The junior is a punishing running back whose motor doesn't stop.

St. Patrick goes after back-to-back wins 7:30 Friday night hosting St. Joe's of Madison.

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