Staff report

MUENSTER — The Sacred Heart Tigers celebrated Homecoming Friday with a 48-6 rout of the Savoy Cardinals at Tiger Field.

Sacred Heart (3-2) scored 28 points in the first quarter and led 41-0 at halftime. Even with several starters not playing in the second half, the Tigers outscored the Cardinals 7-6 after halftime.

The Tigers got things going early as quarterback Matt Hesse scored his first of three first-quarter touchdowns with 9:29 remaining in the opening period. Hesse ran in from 35 yards and Jae Kook Im kicked the extra point to put the home team up 7-0.

Less than two minutes later, Hesse scored on a 1-yard run. The Tigers weren’t able to get the extra point kick off, but Im picked up the ball and rumbled in for the two-point conversion to make it 15-0 with 7:56 left in the first quarter.

At the 4:43 mark, Hesse scored again on a 9-yard run. Im’s kick was good to make it 22-0.

Near the end of the opening period, Clay Hogan scored on a 6-yard TD run. A bad snap kept the Tigers from getting the kick away and they led 28-0 with 18 seconds remaining in the first.

Sacred Heart dominated the second quarter as well. Hogan had a 26-yard TD run and Im kicked the extra point to make it 35-0 at the 10:19 mark.

Later in the second quarter, John Krawietz scored on a 12-yard run to make it 41-0. That would be the halftime score.

Just 31 seconds into the third quarter, Josh Biffle intercepted a Savoy pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. Im’s extra point kick made it 48-0.

Savoy finally got on the scoreboard with 11:06 remaining in the game as Cavan Metcalf scored on a 1-yard run to make it 48-6.

Sacred Heart finished with 272 yards rushing and 325 yards of total offense, compared to just 164 yards for Savoy.

Hogan rushed 16 times for 136 yards and Phillip Vogel added 10 carries for 78 yards. Hesse was 4 of 9 passing for 53 yards. Biffle caught 2 passes for 22 yards and Bob Bartush added 1 catch for 20 yards.

On defense, Biffle and Hesse both intercepted Cardinal passes. Michael Davis had 7 tackles, while Bartush, Hesse and Chad Henscheid all added 6.

The Tigers will be back at home Friday to host Alvord at 7:30 p.m.

NOTES: Sacred Heart senior Ginger Bartush, daughter of John and Lanie Bartush and the sister of Tiger sophomore Bob Bartush, was crowned Homecoming queen in pre-game ceremonies. Hermie Grewing, a 1959 graduate of Sacred Heart, was on the field for the Homecoming 2009 honorary coin toss.

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