Family and Football: Homecoming 2022


The Benet Academy Redwings took on the St. Rita Mustangs on Friday, September 16th for the annual homecoming game. Under the Friday night lights, both teams looked to improve their 1-2 records heading into the middle of their respective seasons. Coach Pat New’s Redwings, under the leadership of seniors Ryan Potucek, John Weindernbach, Pierce Walsh, and Brendan Smith, look to not only win this game but to reclaim their spot in the State Playoffs. The Mustangs look to avenge a loss to Loyola Academy through the direction of head coach Todd Kuska and leadership of Johnny Schmitt, Joe Kingsbury, Matt Kingsbury, Pat Farrell, and Collin Gerger. 

    Benet Academy received the kick to start off the game. The Redwings started off with a strong first drive, pushing down the field with tempo. But, the Mustangs were able to stop the momentum, forcing the Redwings to punt. It then became a physical game, with both St. Rita and Benet using run-first offenses, a typical choice for high school football. The Redwings struck first with junior Pat Pitello finding the end zone for the Redwings. But this would be only one of two touchdowns scored by the Redwings.

    The Mustangs took over the game in the second quarter through two touchdowns and two field goals. Conor Talty was the standout in this quarter. The kicker, who is currently committed to kick at the University of Alabama, did not miss a single field goal or extra point. Defensively, the Mustangs were able to stop any Benet comebacks and kept the momentum running. Further into the third quarter, Rita topped the game off with an interception, providing a devastating blow to a rallying Benet offense.

    In the fourth quarter, Benet was able to respond with a touchdown. This would not be enough for the Redwings to spark a comeback from the Mustangs, ultimately losing 41-12. Friday night’s game demonstrated the Redwings’ resilience and ability to continue to compete regardless of the score. On the artistic side of the celebration, the Madrigals performed a beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. During the halftime performance, the band, avions, and cheerleaders all showed off their hard work at the fifty yard line. Benet Academy was energized and ready to welcome the alumni, students, and their families back for another school year.