Pal­lotti scores 3 TDs in 4th to top Boys’ Latin

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Tom Worgo —Bob Hough, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

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).

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