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St. Francis earns No. 2 playoff seed with shootout win

St. Francis and Bishop Timon/St. Jude didn’t need a scoreboard for their game on Saturday night. They needed a calculator.

After an amazing offensive performance by both sides, St. Francis was the team that came away with a 54-44 win over the Tigers.

A couple of players turned in memorable nights. For St. Francis, Dylan McDuffie finished with six touchdowns. Five came on runs, and a sixth was one of two touchdown passes thrown by Jerry Hickson.

For Timon, Matt Myers accounted for six touchdowns. He also ran for five scores and threw for the sixth.

The Red Raiders didn’t even score in the first period, but scored 22 straight points in one portion of the game to take charge.

They even had to tack on a score at the very end when victory was already assured. St. Francis needed to win by eight points to take a tiebreaker for second place in the Msgr. Martin Athletic Association standings. McDuffie took care of that details with a three-yard run.

The result, the last of the MMAA season, meant Canisius won the regular-season title and will be the first seed for the playoffs. St. Francis is second, with the top two teams receiving byes.

St. Joe’s is third and Timon is fourth. The Marauders play St. Mary’s next week, while Timon takes on Cardinal O’Hara. In the semifinal, Canisius will play the lowest seed while St. Francis faces the other winner.

In the other two games involving Msgr. Martin teams:

Cardinal O’Hara 26, St. Mary’s of Lancaster 8: Will Willis ran 27 times for 268 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 50-yard TD pass. It was the first win of the season for the Hawks.

McDowell (Pa.) 28, St. Joe’s 6: The Marauders finished their season with a loss against a top team from Erie. The Trojans jumped to a 21-0 lead and coasted to the win, led by Levi Becker’s two touchdown passes. Jaden Lofton had St. Joe’s lone touchdown, a 51-yard run.

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