Canisius will get a chance to avenge its only loss in Monsignor Martin Association play in a rematch against Bishop Timon-St. Jude in the league playoffs next Saturday.
Timon-St. Jude earned the second shot at the top-seeded Crusaders with a 12-0 victory on Saturday over Cardinal O’Hara on Pierce Field, Mulroy Park. The Tigers upset Canisius, 7-0, on Oct. 21.
St. Joe’s advanced to a Friday night semifinal date at No. 2 seed St. Francis by defeating St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 33-6, behind the running of sophomore Jayden Lofton.
Timon’s Tigers struck for a touchdown in each of the first two quarters while shutting out the Hawks all the way. Joe Harrison ran 18 yards for the first Timon score. The other came on a 33-yard pass from Matt Myers to Nazire Wood.
Harrison finished with 101 yards rushing. Myers ran for 87 and passed for another 71.
Harrison had a big role in the shutdown defense, too. He had 11 tackles. Jeremiah Sanders had 10 tackles and a sack for the Tigers.
Lofton, the younger brother of Bennett High’s Jamal Lofton, gained 88 yards on only six carries in the St. Joe’s victory. He scored on runs of 30 and 34 yards after St. Joe’s had struck first on an 8-yard pass from Casey Kelly to Louis Surace. Keon Howard ran 15 yards to give St. Joe’s a 20-0 lead. Gabriel Flowers scored in the third quarter to make it 33-0.
Freshman C.J. Ozolins put St. Mary’s on the board with a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The St. Joe’s defense was led by seniors Mike Motley, Fred Nixon and Nick Kelsch.