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Renn runs roughshod over Saints

Hammarskjold running back scored twice and scampered for 202 yards in a 29-6 win over St. Patrick.

THUNDER BAY – Once Owen Renn sees a little daylight, it’s probably already too late for the opposition defenders.

The explosive Hammarskjold Vikings back burst through a seam twice on Friday night, dashing to the end zone on runs of 55 and 63 yards to help break open a tight high school senior football game and deliver a 29-6 win over the defending champion St. Patrick Saints.

Quarterback Tyler Main and receiver Kai Aldridge also connected for a pair of passing touchdowns, opening the scoring late in the first on a 34-yard strike and then again on an 18-yard screen pass early in the third that upped the Vikings lead to 15-6 at the time.

Renn, who rushed for 202 yards on the ground, said the individual recognition is nice, but getting back in the win column after last week’s 7-2 tie against the St. Ignatius Falcons.

“Coming off of last year, we obviously didn’t have the season we wanted. We didn’t win a single game last year. So going into a season like this, when we have a very promising team and this being our third game, we all came out, so it’s big for our team to have a game like this.”

The Vikings weren’t wasting time when they had the ball and made the most of their possessions, all four majors coming on one-play drives.

Renn gave credit to the schemes devised by the Hammarskjold coaching staff.

“We started a new formation in our last practice. We tried that out in this game, obviously, and it just seemed to be working. Every time we would run there was always a hole, always somewhere to run. It was working really well,” Renn said.

Hammarskjold coach Mike Judge called Renn a special athlete.

“He has that extra gear that most humans aren’t born with. He’s just a hard-working guy. He never draws attention. He never asks for the ball, but boy does he ever want it. He explodes. He had a couple of nice carries against Westgate in the first game of the season, but it was a muddled look,” Judge said.

“Our O-line did a nice job of opening up the holes and boy, once he hits the clear, he’s gone.”

The Saints lone touchdown came on a brilliant catch by receiver Nick Lento, who out-leapt Hammarskjold’s Nicholas Baker for the ball in the end zone, cutting the Hammarskjold lead from 8-0 to 8-6, with just over two minutes to go in the opening half.

The Vikings improved to 2-0-1 with the win, while the Saints slipped to 0-2-1.

Westgate doubled up St. Ignatius 28-14 in the nightcap, quarterback Mitchell Papineau throwing a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Tigers to victory. 

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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