Can you imagine playing an intramural football game with the winner earning the opportunity to play the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME in the HOUSE THAT ROCK BUILT?
Well, in 37 degree weather tonight "under the lights" at Notre Dame's Labar Practice Complex -- the Keough Hall Kangaroos beat Keenan Hall 16 - 13 to earn the honor of running out of the tunnel into fabled Notre Dame Stadium!
The Kangaroos were down 7 - 0 early in the 1st quarter when Keenan connected on a beautiful 45 yard TD catch and run -- see video below. It was a big-time play -- Coach Kelly may want to take a look at #3 in the Keenan uniform!
In the second quarter, Keough got on the board on a five-yard TD run (see video below). Instead of kicking an extra point, they went for two, missing a pass play -- but, they benefited from an interference call -- getting the ball at the one-yard line for a second shot. This time the Kangaroos ran it in to take the lead (see video below) 8 - 7 -- a lead they would never relinquish!
In the third quarter, a pass interception by the Kangaroos set up a short field and Keough drove the ball down and ran it in for what turned out to be the WINNING SCORE. The two point conversion was unsuccessful -- putting Keough up 14 - 7.
With seven minutes left in the game, Keough was on the verge of putting the game away, when they fumbled the ball away to Keenan on the one-yard line. On the very next play -- Keough blitzed and tackled the Keenan ball carrier in the endzone for a safety! This made the score 16 - 7 with six minutes to go.
Keenan Hall, never giving up - drove the length of the field and scored a TD on a two-yard pass with 30 seconds left to make the score 16 - 13. The extra point was blocked by Keough -- leaving the Kangaroos a couple of snaps to run the clock out.
I have to admit I was rooting for the men in Keough Hall tonight. Their starting 'nose tackle' Patrick Couch (Trinity High School - South Bend) is the son of one of my colleagues at Notre Dame. Patrick had a huge QB sack in the first half! I couldn't be happier for Patrick and the Couch family tonight.
Keough Hall will play the winner of the other "semi-final" game tonight between Alumni Hall and Carroll Hall -- this Sunday in Notre Dame Stadium. Should be fun!
LINK: KEOUGH'S PRE-GAME PEP TALK
LINK: KEENAN'S 45 YARD TD
LINK: KEOUGH'S FIRST TD
LINK: KEOUGH'S TWO-POINT CONVERSION