Class 7A defending champs struggle with turnovers in loss against St. Louis squad
Nazareth running back Derrick Strongs gains yardage against a host of Cardinal Ritter defenders. Nazareth lost the season opener 31-21 against Ritter from St. Louis. (Photo by Ian McLeod)
A Nazareth player and Cardinal Ritter player engage in a block during Ritter’s 32-21 victory over the host Roadrunners on Aug. 31. (Photo by Ian McLeod)
The Roadrunners’ J.J. McCarthy shows his mobility against Cardinal Ritter. Nazareth lost to the Lions 32-21 in both teams’ season opener Aug. 31. (Photo by Ian McLeod)
(Left to right) Nazareth players Alex Carrillo, J.J. McCarthy and Breven Reifsteck check a play call against Cardinal Ritter. The visiting Lions won 32-21 in LaGrange Park Aug. 31. (Photo by Ian McLeod)
Nazareth junior J.J. McCarthy, a Michigan recruit and one of the top quarterbacks in the country, looks to pass during the Roadrunners’ 32-21 loss against Cardinal Ritter on Aug. 31 in LaGrange Park. (Photo by Ian McLeod)
Cardinal Ritter defeated Nazareth 32-21 in LaGrange Park on Aug. 31 in a highly touted game between interstate teams. (Photo by Ian McLeod)
Nazareth senior Jailon Welch pursues a Cardinal Ritter player in the Roadrunners’ season opener at home Aug. 31. The visiting Lions won 32-21. (Photo by Ian McLeod)
Nazareth running back Derrick Strongs tip toes along the sideline during a 32-21 loss against Cardinal Ritter on Aug. 31. (Photo by Ian McLeod)
The Nazareth Academy football team opened the season in a highly anticipated game against Cardinal Ritter from St. Louis. The Roadrunners, who won the Class 7A state title last season, struggled with turnovers and fell behind 26-7 late in the first half.
Nazareth rallied in the second half only to come up short in a 32-21 loss in LaGrange Park on Saturday, Aug. 31.
The Roadrunners scored touchdowns on a 2-yard run by Derrick Strongs, a 33-yard pass from J.J. McCarthy to Tyler Morris, and a 36-yard run by Jailon Welch.
Mekhi Hagens threw four TD passes (3 to Luther Burden III) and Marvin Burks scored on a 68-yard run to lead Cardinal Ritter offensively.
Contrbuting photographer Ian McLeod took photos of the game. Here’s a photo gallery.