Both Canisius and St. Joe’s made their share of mistakes during Saturday afternoon’s annual rivalry game. Only the Crusaders got away with them.
Canisius turned the Marauders’ biggest mistakes into 20 points – including 14 during a second half in which the Crusaders ran away from their hosts, 27-6, at the Robert T. Scott Sports Complex.
A crowd of more than 6,000 saw Canisius junior running back Kenyatta Huston run for touchdowns of 80 and 53 yards as he took advantage of his limited touches to rush for a game-high 142 yards on four carries as the Buffalo News’ top-ranked large school and state Class AA No. 1 team remained perfect on the season through seven games.
St. Joe’s committed two turnovers, had a punt blocked and had a bad snap on another punt that gave Canisius good scoring opportunities.
Player of the game: Huston, who caused St. Joe’s a lot of problems with his speed whenever he touched the ball.
Play of the game: Huston’s 80-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 11 seconds left in the third quarter. The score came on the Crusaders’ first offensive play after sophomore quarterback Casey Kelly’s 53-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-3 play pulled St. Joe’s within 13-6.
Special teams report: Canisius had the edge with senior kicker Blake Haubeil drilling field goals of 37 and 33 yards and three extra-point kicks. The Crusaders also blocked a punt and recovered a muffed punt. Those two plays resulted in 10 points for Canisius. A bad snap on a St. Joe’s punt on the first possession of the game gave the Crusaders a short field, opening the door for Haubeil’s 37-yarder.
Flag day: Rivalry games do tend to get emotional, especially when the teams are Canisius and St. Joe’s. Still, the men in stripes were quite busy as the teams combined for 27 penalties for a total of 260 yards. At halftime, the penalty yardage was 170. The teams combined for a total of 109 yards in offense during that span.
Canisius got flagged 17 times for 195 yards including several 15-yarders, including a questionable pass interference call. The Crusaders had two long touchdown runs called back due to holding calls.
Stats: Canisius finished with 310 yards, while the Marauders had 139. The Crusaders’ defense made life difficult for Kelly and the rest of St. Joe’s backfield. Canisius finished with nine sacks and tackled Marauders players for losses more than 10 times.
Canisius senior RaeQwon Greer rushed six times for 41 yards and a touchdown. He had two long TD runs called back due to penalties, while quarterback Jayce Johnson rushed seven times for 44 yards and completed 8-of-13 passes for 104 yards.
Mason Hoose led the Crusaders defense with 9.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Kelly rushed for 69 yards on six carries and scored a touchdown and completed 8-of-12 passes for 47 yards. Sophomore running back Jaden Lofton had 54 yards on eight carries.
Senior defensive tackle Freddie Nixon made it tough for Canisius to run inside on St. Joe’s. He had four tackles and a sack during the first quarter. He finished with 11 total tackles, including one for a loss, and a sack.
Records: Canisius is 7-0. St. Joe’s 2-5.
Next: Canisius visits Bishop Timon-St. Jude on Friday night at 7 at Fitzpatrick Field at Tifft. St. Joe’s hosts St. Francis at 1 p.m. Saturday.