The numbers were basically even across the board in the offensive shootout between St. Joe’s and McDowell (Pa.) at the Robert T. Scott Complex Saturday afternoon.
Each team scored six touchdowns and picked up 23 first downs. The Marauders piled up 500 total yards of offense, while the Trojans had 499. But when the clock read zeroes, it was St. Joe’s that picked up their third straight win of the season on Senior Day, 46-40.
The Marauders led the whole way, held a 24-13 lead at half and were up, 46-27, before two late touchdowns by McDowell.
Junior QB Casey Kelly ran 19 times for 120 yards and three scores of 2, 2 and 13 yards. He also completed 5 of 8 throws for 133 yards, including a 20-yard TD pass to Micah Brown (nine tackles).
Jaden Lofton was the leading rusher with 154 yards and a 17-yard score on 20 carries. Phaybian Livingston added a 10-yard TD run on an ground attack that totaled 367 yards on 55 rushing attempts.
Cleveland Hill 24, Silver Creek/Forestville 7: The Eagles ran for 415 yards and wore down the Black Knights as the game went along to earn their fifth trip to the sectional championship game in seven years.
Aaron Wahler was the workhorse with 183 yards and a 36-yard TD on 20 carries and all three two-point conversions. Javon Thomas had six carries for 84 yards, the majority of which came on a 68-yard TD run in the third quarter. Chris Diem added 84 yards and a 5-yard score on four carries.
“I don’t even think we attempted a pass today,” Cleveland Hill coach Glen Graham said, “which is kind of how we like it.”
Silver Creek sophomore Angel Caraballo opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 4-yard run. It was the first time the Eagles allowed their opponent to score first this season.
Ryan Majerowski led the defensive effort the rest of the way with 13 tackles. Brett Kochanski had an interception as well.
Cleve Hill will look to defend its title next Saturday against Southwestern, the same team it blew out in the final last season, 52-21, and shut out Week Four in a nonleague game, 12-0.
“We have to do a better job with certain things from Week Four,” Graham said. “Mostly we want our guys to forget the score from that game and come in with a fresh set of eyes and understand that we’re playing for a sectional title.”
Cardinal O’Hara 6, St. Mary’s of Lancaster 0: After five periods of scoreless football, senior Nasir Benton scored the only touchdown of the game in double overtime on a QB sneak from 1 yard out to give the Hawks a win on Senior Day.
Cathedral Prep 31, Canisius 20: A second-half rally fell short for the Crusaders on Senior Day, as the defending Class AAAA Pennsylvania state champs won their 24th straight game.
The Ramblers scored the first four touchdowns to go up, 28-0, by half. They recovered an onside kick after their first TD and scored again to force an early 14-0 lead.
Canisius came out of the break and scored twice in the third quarter on touchdown passes by Jayce Johnson (11-25 passing, 156 yards). He completed a 17-yard pass to John Minogue and then had a 67-yarder to Paul Woods (six catches, 101 yards).
The Crusaders scored quickly in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard run by Joe Jamison but missed the extra point to make it 28-20. Cathedral Prep added the insurance it needed with a 27-yard field goal after the Canisius defense forced a stop in the red zone.
Canisius has a bye next week and will host the lowest seed left in the Monsignor Martin semifinals on Nov. 11.
Kenmore West 40, Niagara Wheatfield 20: Joe Stewart surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season, as the Blue Devils junior ran 21 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns of 5 and 4 yards. He also caught a 22-yard pass from Faisal Ahmadi for a score.
Ahmadi threw another TD to Cameron Crosier for 2 yards. Rounding out West’s scoring was Owen Green on a 25-yard blocked punt return.
The Falcons were led by freshman call-up Zion Paige, who scored on an 85-yard kick return in the second quarter and caught a 12-yard pass from backup QB Chris Gordon. Starting QB Jordan Parks also scored on a 1-yard run.