St. John Paul II staves off Cathe­dral rally

Boston Herald - - BASEBALL SCOREBOARD - By BRIAN ROACH Robyn Hayes, Matt Feld, Kyle Prud­homme, Bren­dan Con­nelly and David Pol­lard con­trib­uted to this re­port.

In a con­test that had a play­off at­mos­phere, St. John Paul II used grit and team­work to take down a daunt­ing Divi­sion 8 ri­val.

St. John Paul II fin­ished strong and came up with its sec­ond vic­tory in nine tries against Cathe­dral in a 30-18 win over the non­league foe last night at Roberts Field in Dorch­ester.

“Th­ese guys worked hard and played to­gether,” said SJP coach Matt Mar­shall af­ter his club moved to 4-0. “I couldn’t be (prouder) of them.”

Af­ter the SJP de­fense held Cathe­dral (3-1) in check for three quar­ters, the Pan­thers pulled closer on An­thony Me­jia’s 40-yard touch­down pass to Khalil Blair. Blair’s two-point rush cut SJP’s lead to 22-18.

The vis­i­tors took over with 5:32 left and milked the clock down to 1:26 as they ran the ball 11 straight times, and iced the game with a 2-yard score by se­nior cap­tain Richard Mulc­ahy.

The SJP de­fense al­lowed only 156 yards over the first 30 min­utes while forc­ing four turnovers, two of which led to scores.

Af­ter Jesse Judd re­cov­ered a fum­ble, the Lions had a seven-play scor­ing drive capped by a 27-yard catch by Tyler Noe to make it 8-0 in the first quar­ter.

Noe’s sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion with 3:41 left in the third led to a 12-play march, as se­nior cap­tain De­van Har­ri­son found Mike Satke­vich for his sec­ond touch­down catch of the day, this one from 11 yards out. The same pair con­verted on the two-point try to make it 22-10 at the end of three.

“(Har­ri­son) is the leader of this team,” said Mar­shall. “The guys rally around him and they be­lieve in him. He’s a gamer and he comes up big in big sit­u­a­tions.”

Satke­vich’s first score came in the sec­ond quar­ter on a 34-yard bomb from Har­ri­son to make it 14-2 early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Har­ri­son fin­ished the day 17-of-24 pass­ing for 221 yards and three touch­downs, and also had an in­ter­cep­tion. He also ran the ball 11 times for 73 yards.

For the Pan­thers, their other touch­down came late in the sec­ond quar­ter as Me­jia found Blair for a 10-yard score to make it a 14-10 Cathe­dral deficit at the half. In other ac­tion last night: Ore Ojo scam­pered for the game-seal­ing 13-yard touch­down late as Catholic Me­mo­rial (2-2) ral­lied for a 13-12 vic­tory over Catholic Con­fer­ence ri­val Xave­rian.

John Roberts threw for 175 yards and five touch­downs as Duxbury (3-1) coasted to a 35-6 vic­tory over Ply­mouth North in the Pa­triot Keenan. . . . Jack John­son threw for three scores and ran for two more as Hing­ham (3-1) de­feated Sil­ver Lake, 39-22.

Keith Ri­d­ley threw for 200 yards and com­piled three touch­downs to lead Lynn Clas­si­cal (4-0) past Glouces­ter, 21-19, in a North­east­ern Con­fer­ence con­test.

Gates Kelle­her com­piled 170 rush­ing yards and reached the end zone three times, lead­ing Fal­mouth (31) to a 51-7 win over At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence foe Sand­wich . . . . Jack McNeil and Bren­dan Ward com­bined to rush for 179 yards and three touch­downs as Marsh­field’s (3-1) put away Nauset, 35-6.

Ai­dan Sul­li­van threw two touch­down passes as Sc­i­t­u­ate (3-1) beat Ply­mouth South, 24-14, in the Pa­triot Fisher.

Pete Kit­sakos ran for 136 yards and three TDs on 10 car­ries, lift­ing Mas­conomet (3-1) to a 35-7 vic­tory over Pen­tucket in the Cape Ann Kin­ney . ... Ian Cof­fey rushed for 191 yards and three touch­downs on 10 car­ries, lead­ing Hamil­ton-Wen­ham (4-0) to a 42-12 vic­tory over Ames­bury.

Pat Mo­ran ran for two scores as Ip­swich (2-2) did all its scor­ing in the fi­nal quar­ter to de­feat Manch­ester Es­sex, 22-13, in the Cape Ann Baker.

Justin Vil­lanueva scored on a 1-yard touch­down run on the fi­nal play as Low­ell (4-0) de­feated An­dover, 5148, in the Mer­ri­mack Val­ley Large. The Golden War­riors (1-3) ral­lied from a 25-point deficit to take a 48-45 lead on a Nick Del­latto TD pass to Cedric Gil­lette with just over a minute left, be­fore the Red Raiders marched the length of the field.

Darren Wat­son ran for 91 yards and a touch­down on 16 car­ries, while J.D, Allen added 46 rush­ing yards and a score as North An­dover (4-0) de­feated Lawrence, 19-0, in the Mer­ri­mack Val­ley Small.

Michael Bar­rows caught a pair of TD passes as Mash­pee (4-0) de­feated Co­has­set, 3315, in the South Shore Tobin. ... Zach Shar­land had three touch­downs as Rock­land (31) de­feated Carver, 41-14.

Harry Smith ran for two touch­downs as Old Rochester (4-0) han­dled DightonRe­hoboth, 30-14, in the South Coast Large.

Jeremy Thi­boutot ran for 96 yards and a pair of touch­downs to lead Case (40) past Fairhaven, 36-14, in a South Coast Small game. . . . Shayne Cooney led the come­back, rush­ing for two sec­ond half touch­downs to rally Ap­pone­quet (1-3) to a 21-7 vic­tory over Greater New Bed­ford in the South Coast Con­fer­ence.

Bren­don Lima car­ried the ball 31 times for 135 yards and three touch­downs as Blue Hills (1-3) de­feated Cape Cod Tech, 20-6, in the Mayflower League Small.

Er­ven Ex­il­homme’s 57yard touch­down run in the first quar­ter was all West Roxbury (3-1) needed to de­feat Latin Academy, 6-4, in Bos­ton North . . . . An­thony Fran­cis had four touch­downs, in­clud­ing a gamewin­ning 70-yard TD re­cep­tion in the fourth quar­ter to give O’Bryant (2-2) the 24-22 vic­tory over East Bos­ton.

Pa­trick Cul­breath ran for 118 yards and two touch­downs, while throw­ing for a third as Burke (2-1) han­dled Madi­son Park, 30-14 . ... Jer­rod Clark recorded 18 tack­les and also caught a 40-yard TD pass as Brighton (2-2) de­feated TechBos­ton, 20-6 . . . . Sam Den­ton broke off an 80yard touch­down run to give Bos­ton English (1-3) a 22-14 win over South Bos­ton. Den­ton and team­mate Herby Ex­il­homme com­bined for 238 yards and three touch­downs on 14 car­ries.

Se­nior cap­tain Nick Kin­non hauled in a 59-yard TD re­cep­tion from Matt Mortel­lite, and also broke off a 31yard run for a score to lead Lyn­n­field (4-0) to a 47-6 rout of Winthrop in a non­league game.

Nygel Palmer caught two touch­down passes from Tru Wil­liams and ran for two more scores, lead­ing New Bed­ford (2-2) to a 38-8 win over Barn­sta­ble.

Nate El­lis was the dif­fer­ence, rush­ing for 128 yards and three scores while con­nect­ing with Dane Ash­ton through the air for a touch­down, as Dart­mouth (2-2) coasted by Dur­fee, 27-7.

The Den­nis-Yar­mouth (40) pass at­tack was in full swing, as Ge­of­fery Jamiel hauled in 10 re­cep­tions for 214 yards and three touch­downs, in a 34-6 win over Pem­broke.

Jaylen Cromwell ran for a pair of scores as Brooks (1-1) de­feated Gro­ton, 28-3, in the In­de­pen­dent School League. ... Laquan McKever ran for 235 yards and four first-half touch­downs on 42 car­ries as St. Mark’s (1-1) de­feated Roxbury Latin, 31-16 . . . . Fresh­man Michael Phelps made the most of his first var­sity ap­pear­ance, com­plet­ing 11of-14 passes for 189 yards and four touch­downs as St. Se­bas­tian’s (1-1) coasted to a 48-18 vic­tory over Ta­bor, hand­ing long­time coach Bob Souza his 175th ca­reer win.

Max Storch fin­ished with 144 rush­ing yards and a touch­down to pace Thayer (2-0) to a 26-0 win over St. Ge­orge’s . ... Tony Muse and Josh Ar­ruda com­bined for 192 yards and three touch­downs, while Brady Martin threw for 195 yards and two scores as Lawrence Academy (2-0) blanked Nobles, 35-0. . . . Ka­belo Tsotetsi rushed for 102 yards and two touch­downs as Mid­dle­sex (1-1) snapped a 17-game los­ing streak with a 21-0 win over Rivers, 21-0. The long-awaited vic­tory was the 175th for coach Joe Lang.

STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS CHRISTO

ELU­SIVE PIGSKIN: Car­di­nal Spell­man’s Jo­van Mar­rero keeps his eye on a loose ball as Bren­dan Mc­Carthy of St. Mary’s pre­vents him from re­cov­er­ing last night.

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