SOUTH BEND — Toiling in the trenches on both sides of the football for the better part of four quarters, South Bend Saint Joseph two-way lineman Michael Conery should’ve walked away Friday covered in mud and grass and maybe even a bit of blood.
Instead, after running around on the synthetic surface that is Father Bly Field, Conery settled for a whole lot of sweat. Oh, and a smile. On Senior Night. In September.
Conery and the Indians controlled the line of scrimmage when the game was there for the taking, which allowed Saint Joseph to take it. The Indians put together a big-time scoring drive when a big-time scoring drive was needed, then followed with a big-time defensive stop to even their record at 2-2 and win their Northern Indian Conference North Division opener, 21-14.