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Cougars clinch AA with win @ Maritime

Posted Sunday, October 26, 2008 by John Fatuzzo
St. John the Baptist (6-2, 5-1 league) defeated Cardinal Hayes (3-4, 3-5 overall) on Friday night by a 42-19 score at SUNY Maritime's Reichart Field.  SJB clinched a berth in the CHSFL AA division playoffs since both St. Peter's and Kellenberg (both 5-3, 4-2 league) also lost this weekend.  The Cougars scored early and often as they put up 35 points for the fifth time in the 2008 season.  SJB now has a four-game winning streak.

Junior Vincent Iacono scored in the first quarter on a 10-yard TD run.  The score was close at halftime though as St. John's led just 14-7.  The second touchdown came on a 23-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Matt Pryzby to senior wide receiver Peter Sutton.  The Cardinals first touchdown came on a 60-yard TD run by Hayes' junior back Jeremiah Kobena.

SJB broke away in the third quarter however, scoring three touchdowns en route to 21 points and a 35-19 lead.  But for most of the evening, Hayes was in close distance.  Following Brendan McLaughlins 19-yard TD reception, the Cardinals scored on a 2-yard TD run by Wesley Lawyer.  And after Iacono's second touchdown, a 28 yard run, Kobena scored on a 65-yard run to keep the score at 28-19.

However, senior running back Thomas Beverly stole the show from that point to the end of the game.  Beverly scored towards the end of the third quarter from 63 yards out and put the nail in the coffin after a 53 yard TD run in the fourth quarter.  Beverly, who ammassed 238 rushing yards on 13 carries, passed Anton McKenzie '98 as St. John's all-time leading rusher.  McKenzie's record of 1,996 rushing yards is now broken and with a regular season game and at least one playoff game remaining, Beverly can add on to his new record of 2,215 yards on the ground.

The defense played well for most of the night as well.  Seniors Pat Maroney and Pat Arnold led the defense with 8 and 6 tackles, respectively.  Senior Tyler Normille had a fumble recovery.  On another note, senior Ryan Collins was successful on all six PAT attempts.

The Cougars have one more regular season game, which will take place this coming Sunday at St. Peter's High School at 1:30 pm.  SJB will take on the Eagles in a very important divisional matchup that could change up the seeding in Division AA.  Good luck to the team, as they are looking to post the best regular season finish for the school in over a decade.

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