For the first time in the history of the Canisius versus St. Joe's football rivalry, the Crusaders have won eight in a row.
Canisius broke its own record for consecutive wins in the series in nearly record-scoring fashion as the Crusaders cruised to a 55-16 victory over their Monsignor Martin Athletic Association foe Friday night at New Era Field.
Quick strikes: After a three-and-out first series, Canisius needed just three plays to seize a 14-0 lead. Jayce Johnson and Paul Woods hooked up on a 35-yard touchdown pass to break a scoreless tie with 2:40 left in the first quarter.
Two plays after John Minogue picked off a Casey Kelly pass at St. Joe's 36, Joe Jamison punched it in from the 1. A 35-yard pass play from Johnson to R.J. Brandon set up the score.
Killer turnover: St. Joe's committed three first-half turnovers that led to 14 Canisius points but perhaps the one that hurt the Marauders the most was the one that didn't lead to any points.
St. Joe's moved into Canisius territory on the game's first offensive possession, which included an 18-yard Kelly scramble after he wisely ran after a high snap on a punt attempt. Then Joe Jamison caused a fumble at the 38 that Dan Harig recovered.
Jamison shines: Jamison scored three touchdowns and caused a fumble that blunted a potential Marauders scoring drive to open the game.
Jamison scored on runs of 1, 36 and 10 yards. The 36-yard run made increased a 14-0 lead with 7 minutes, 23 seconds left in the second quarter. His 10-yard TD with 8:17 left in the third quarter made it 41-8.
Jamison, filling in at tailback for injured starter Kenyatta Huston, rushed 10 times for 83 yards.
Going vertical: Canisius quickly built on 28-0 lead, on the first play of the third quarter, a 52-yard pass from Johnson to R.J. Brandon.
Johnson completed 7-of-12 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 51 yard TD pass to Brandon called back in the fourth quarter due to penalty.
Kelly scores: Kelly scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter to get St. Joe's on the board. Kelly left the game shortly after that with an undisclosed injury. He was seen leaving New Era Field with an ice on his foot/ankle. He rushed nine times for 82 yards before leaving after a 6-yard run.
More injuries: Canisius lost Huston on the first series of the game with a collar bone injury. The Marauders, who entered the game without seven injured starters, lost senior running back/linebacker Garrett House to an undisclosed injury in the first quarter.
Rankings: Canisius is ranked No. 2 in the News' Large Schools poll and No. 10 in the state sportswriters' poll. St. Joe's is ranked eighth in Western New York and is among the honorable mention in the state poll.
Attendance: This may be a conservative estimate but more than 3,000. It may have been closer to the standard 6,000 the come out for the game.
Former St. Joe's coaches Bob O'Connor and Dennis Gilbert were among the folks in attendance.
Records: Canisius is 3-1, St. Joe's 2-2.
Nostalgia: St. Joe's came in with a 47-37-3 lead in the all-time series against the Crusaders.
Other interesting items of note regarding the series:
* The largest crowd: 28,009 in 1955 at War Memorial Stadium.
* Longest win streaks: St. Joe's 17 straight wins (1983-98); Canisius seven in row (1971-77; 2012-present).
* Largest margin of victory: St. Joe's 52-0 (1990); Canisius 40-0 (1975)
* Most points scored by winning team: Canisius 58 (2009), St. Joe's 52.
Next: St. Joe's hits the road for a Friday night clash in Ohio versus Cardinal Mooney. Canisius makes the short trip Saturday to Tonawanda to take on Cardinal O'Hara.