8/24 7:30 H
Crusaders Outlast Weather, injuries & Friars
After a scoreless first quarter, the Crusaders got in gear and ended the drought as Mike Malloy raced 50 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Crusader lead as kicker Mike McQuinlan added the extra point.
Fenwick responded in duplicate thanks to QB Brien Rooney. First, he connected with WR Patrick Tobin on a 41-yard scoring toss and then galloped 11 yards for a rushing TD and a 14-7 Fenwick lead.
Brendan Sheehey put Rice in position to tie the score with a 67-yard kickoff return to the Fenwick 7-yard line and the Crusaders capitalized quickly as senior wide receiver Paul Gannon made a leaping grab over two defenders in the endzone sending the game to the break tied at 14.
Fenwick took a brief 21-14 lead as Eric Bradley scooted in from 67 yards out. But Austin McDonough knotted the game at 21 with a seven yard TD run. The run put the finish on a 69 yard TD drive and then Tim Evans hooked up with Paul Gannon again for a 24-yard touchdown and after three periods, Brother Rice led 28-21.
Fenwick came right back as the fourth quarter began as Dan Mega bulled in from one yard out to cut the lead to 28-27. But that is where the Crusaders defense turned the game around as Alex Annes swooped in and blocked the extra-point attempt.
After an exchange of possession, the defense struck again as they forced a Friar fumble and then Evans and Gannon hooked up for the third time, this time for a 3-yard score to put the Crusaders in control for good at 35-27. Brendan Sheehey concluded the scoring by ripping off a 39-yard scoring run late in the final frame.
Tim Evans finished 10-of-21 passing for 171 yards and three scores, all to Paul Gannon who caught 9 passes for 120 yards and the three TD's.
The Crusaders will host St. Rita on Friday night while the Friars (2-3, 1-1) will travel to DeLaSalle on Saturday afternoon.
By: Brian Snow
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