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Donahue 6-Man Football Squad Loses 35-19

The Donahue Academy Shamrocks suffered their first loss of the current sixman football season Saturday night, dropping a 35-19 decision to a strong and experienced team from Cape Coral Christian School.

The game was tight for the first two quarters and the Shamrocks led 13-12 at the half, but Cape Coral came on strong in the third quarter. Both teams had their share of miscues on the sloppy field at North Park, that was soaked by heavy rains that ended just before the game started.

"We knew coming into the game that we could not afford penalties, turnovers or breakdown in schemes against this team," Coach Rich Scanlon said after the game. "We played a very good football team. Cape Coral Christian is strong, fast, quick and well-coached."

Cape Coral, which fielded an 11-man football team last year, moved to 3-0 with the win. Donahue is 2-1.

Gabe Allan scored all three touchdowns for the Shamrocks, one on a pass from Nick Jaroma and the other two on running plays. He had a total of 135 yards rushing, 84 yards receiving and 58 yards on kick returns.

Allan "took his game to another level running the ball last night," said Coach Scanlon. "His vision was excellent, he ran more north and south and he never went down on the first hit. That kind of effort by a captain is inspiring to other players."

Dan Scarnnechia was also a major contributor to the Shamrocks on both sides of the ball, rushing for 51 yards on offense and making a team-leading 11 tackles on defense.

The Shamrocks next game is at home Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at North Park against Westwood Christian of Miami.

Click here for a PDF of the game statistics



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