After a deafening blow to the team's morale due to the loss suffered last week, Shanahan stepped out onto the muddy field of Archbishop Ryan and found something that has been lacking in their last two games, each other. The Eagles came out and fought as a single unit, each player contributing to the inevitable win over the Raiders.
Within the first minute of play, flyhalf Chris Ponto finessed his way through Archbishop Ryan's defenses to set the tone of the match and place the Eagles in the lead. Although Ryan managed to squeak in a try, Shanahan dominated the game as well as the scoreboard for the rest of the first half. Chris Ponto added three more points to Shanahan's lead midway through the first half as he scored a penalty kick with ease. Scrumhalf and Co-Captain Mark Hurley imprinted the number "9" of his jersey into the memories of the Raiders, as he manhandled the opposing scrumhalf on defense and scored three tries in the first half alone.
Sadly, the Raiders were not the only ones who were feeling the pains of being trampled upon. Shanahan senior, Cesare Coscia, was taken to the hospital by ambulance after receiving what was later determined to be a severe sprain to his left calf.
As the second half got underway numerous substitutions were made, many of which because of other injuries suffered by Shanahan players. One such substitution was that of Jeff Wallin, who took over Outside-Center and later added to the lead with a try. Archbishop Ryan was able to score another try but Mark Hurley sealed the fate of the Raiders late in the second half as he stripped the ball from the Ryan's scrumhalf, yet again, and gracefully scored his fourth try of the game.
When all was said and done Shanahan won 44-10 as Chris Ponto skillfully made four of the six conversion kicks of the game, along with an additional penalty kick in the second half. Shanahan's next game is Sunday April 2, at 1:00 at Bishop Shanahan High School.