Pallotti scores 3 TDs in 4th to top Boys’ Latin
St. Vincent Pallotti’s football resume grew more impressive Friday.
With the Panthers’ 35-14 victory over host Boys’ Latin in the rain, they clinched a berth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship game.
Pallotti (7-2, 5-0) had a close game for a change.
After blowing out its first four league opponents, the Panthers scored three touchdowns in less than eight minutes in the fourth quarter to prevail over the Lakers.
Pallotti and Boys’ Latin will also play each other in the championship game Nov. 12.
“Wehave had some big wins and scored a lot of points,” said Pallotti assistant coach Ambrose Phillips, who was filling in for head coach Ian Thomas. “But this was a tough one and we had to eke it out.”
After Pallotti pinned Boys’ Latin (5-2, 4-1) deep in its territory in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Panthers were able to take over the ball on the Lakers’ 35-yard line after a 26-yard punt.
That field position put Pallotti in a good spot to score the winning touchdown, and the Panthers only needed two plays to do it.
Jaret Patterson scored on a 25-run up the middle to put Pallotti ahead 20-14 with 7:03 remaining. Tyler Lilja added the third of his five extra points.
Less than three minutes later, Boys’ Latin quarterback Brenden Crouse’s incomplete pass to Seth Nance was ruled a lateral, and strong safety Warren Dixon picked up the ball and raced 62 yards for a touchdown to put the Panthers ahead 27-14.
Pallotti running back Blake Corum sparked his team’s final scoring drive, which covered 25 yards and six plays. He ran the ball five times on the series and scored from 4 yards with 39 second left.
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 38, ST. PAUL’S 6: The Friars (4-4, 2-2 MIAA B Conference) held the host Crusaders (1-6, 0-4) scoreless for three quarters while scoring seven or more points in every quarter to win.
St. Paul’s lone victory was 42-0 over National Academy Foundation on Sept. 2.
NO. 6 OLD MILL 34, NO. 13 BROADNECK 10: Sirus Gay carried 30 times for 262 yards and scored a touchdown and Isaiah Batts added 62 yards on 11 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the visiting Patriots (8-0) past the Bruins (5-3).
Old Mill won its 26th straight game in the regular season dating to 2014 and avenged a playoff loss to the Bruins last year.
“Broadneck is such a great competitor that we play against every year, and this was a big game for us, as any game is in Anne Arundel County,” Patriots coach Chad McCormick said. “I do think this game puts us in a really good spot.”
The Bruins (5-3) entered the game in sole possession of fourth place in the region, thanks to forfeits by Northern that took away some bonus points from Chopticon. The Braves lost to Patuxent on Friday to fall to 6-2.
Broadneck needs to win its final two games to have a shot at the playoffs. Coach Rob Harris seemed to indicate after the game that it would take an upset in the county next week to strengthen his team’s chances.
NO. 7 ANNAPOLIS 48, CHESAPEAKEAA 7: Cameron Hough (three runs for 78 yards) and Ahmon Middleton (three runs for 60 yards) had two rushing touchdowns each to lead the host Panthers (8-0) past the Cougars (1-7).
NO. 14 ARUNDEL 52, NORTHEAST 21: Darius Hunter had 18 carries for 201 yards and five touchdowns to power the host Wildcats (5-3) past the Eagles (2-6). Hunter scored the first three touchdowns of the game on runs of 1, 3 and 31 yards.
WILDE LAKE 36, MOUNT HEBRON 0: Anthony Jenkins had15 carries for 107 yards and two rushing touchdowns to lead the Wildecats (5-3) past the host Vikings (2-6).