Saints Thump Hornets to Keep the Cannon
Pat Moffitt

On Saturday, St. Andrew's varsity football team competed in the 57th annual Cannon Game against Tatnall School. In this longstanding SAS athletic tradition, the Saints battle Tatnall each year for the rights to keep a cannon trophy for the next school year. The cannon has changed hands many times over the decades, but St. Andrew's has been the possessor for the past year after a 2018 victory, and looked to defend that victory this fall.

The Saints wasted no time in getting the scoring started. After a big kick return from Adrian Watts ’20 on the opening kickoff, the Saints offense got to work at Tatnall's 46 yard line. On the seventh play of the drive, Watts found Lamar Duncan ’20 over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown pass. On the extra point Mason McKee ’21 found Watts in the back corner of the endzone for a two-point conversion to give the Saints an early 8-0 lead that they would never relinquish.

A quick three-and-out of defense gave the Saints the ball back at their own 20 yard-line. This time it would take three plays to cover 80 yards for their next score. On the third play of the drive, Watts dropped back and found Duncan streaking down the right sideline where he hit him in stride. Duncan then outran the rest of the Tatnall defense for a 70 yard score.

The Saints defense took the field again, and on the second play of the drive Tre Thomas ’22 got pressure on the quarterback, forcing a fumble. Brandon Graves ’22 scooped it up and ran it in for a touchdown from 15 yards out. On the ensuing kickoff, Watts forced a fumble and Arush Puri ’21 recovered it to give the Saints possession in Tatnall's territory again. A few plays later Watts found Duncan again for their third scoring pass on the afternoon from 17 yards out.

Defensively, the Saints kept the pressure on; Graves forced a bad throw from the quarterback and Mike Lilley ’22 intercepted the errant pass. Three plays later Lilley threw a pass to Watts; Watts went up between a couple of defenders and pulled it down for a five-yard touchdown. At the end of the first quarter the Saints held a commanding 36-0 lead.

A Tim Odutola ’20 interception in the second quarter set the Saints up for one more score in the first half; Watts found Graves behind the defense for a 37-yard scoring strike to increase the lead to 43-0 before the break.

The second half featured a lot of running for the Saints on offense and the defense continued to stifle Tatnall. The final points of the day came when Thomas took a handoff and sprinted right through the middle of the defense for a 22-yard touchdown run. The game concluded with a final score of 50-0.

Watts had a big day in his last game is a Saints uniform: he completed 8 of 11 passes for 180 yards and four touchdowns; he also caught two passes for 24 yards and one touchdown. On the year Watts shattered a number of single-season passing records including completion percentage (58%), completions (105), passing yards (1,652), passing yards per game (165.2) and touchdown passes (20). He finished the season with 2,390 yards of total offense and 33 total touchdowns. Duncan also had another big performance with six receptions for 131 yards and three touchdowns. He is now the single-season record holder for receptions in a season (56), receiving yards (860), receiving yards per game (95.6) and touchdown receptions (7); his three touchdown receptions Saturday also tied a single-game record. On defense, Dante Soriano ’20, Watts, Duncan and McKee all led the team with five tackles a piece. Lilley added an interception and fumble recovery, Odutola had an interception, while Thomas, Phineas Hunt ’22 and Nick Oxnam ’22 all recorded a sack.

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