Saint Francis junior Nick Rinella went old-school football to help the Red Flash post a victory – putting on a Chuck Bednarik type display by doing a little bit of everything.
Rinella had a huge impact in all three phases for Saint Francis at home against Bryant by leading the Red Flash in rushing yards, tackles and kickoff return yards.
In Saint Francis’ 27-14 victory, Rinella had a team-high 60 rushing yards and a touchdown, led the Red Flash in tackles with 10, returned a pair of kickoffs 94 yards and sealed the victory with a fourth-quarter interception to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.
A two-way star coming out of LaSalle College HS in suburban Philadelphia, Rinella had seen some spot carries as a running back the last two seasons while serving as a starter on defense. But this was the first game where he led the team in rushing.
Rinella’s season-high 10 tackles paced a defense that forced four turnovers, recorded four sacks and notched eight tackles for a loss while limiting Bryant to fewer than 300 total yards.
Right after Bryant had climbed to within 17-14 late in the second quarter, Rinella returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to set up a short touchdown run that gave the Red Flash a 24-14 cushion at intermission.
Nursing a two-score lead down the stretch, Rinella capped his stellar all-around performance by picking off a pass in the end zone with less than 5 minutes to play to stymie any comeback hopes Bryant entertained.
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