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SJB Drops Finale to St. Peter's

Posted Sunday, November 02, 2008 by John Fatuzzo
It was the clear definition of an upset on Sunday afternoon.  St. John the Baptist (5-2, 6-3 overall) dropped their regular season finale to St. Peter's (5-2, 6-3 overall) in Staten Island.  St. John's lost by just one point but the loss could potentially drop the Cougars all the way down to fourth place in the CHSFL AA-A depending on the power ratings.

The individual numbers were all there.  SJB's new all-time rushing leader, senior Thomas Beverly ran for 170 yards on 13 attempts and an 80-yard TD run in the first quarter.  Senior Ryan Collins kicked field goals of 33 and 35 yards and added an interception on defense.  Senior QB Matt Pryzby was 10-for-19 for 120 yards.  Junior Gary Harrison recorded 7 tackles.  Junior James Kierans and senior Tyler Normille each had 5 tackles.

But the offense went cold in the second half.  The Cougars failed to score once after halftime and a 70-yard TD run by St. Peter's Hakim Rice halfway through the third quarter put the Eagles up 14-13, the game's final score.

This is nothing new to the Cougars.  Last season, SJB was upset by Christ the King in the final game of the regular season which potentially cost St. John's the #1 seed throughout the playoffs.

If the seeding for the playoffs was based only on record, SJB would find themselves seeded fourth in the AA, a drop by two places.  Although St. John's would have the same record as both Kellenberg and St. Peter's, the Cougars obviously lost to both teams in the regular season.  The fact that both the Firebirds and Eagles were ranked lower than SJB in the pre-season isn't going to help them in the power rankings either.

Although its a dissapointing day in the world of SJB athletics, the Cougars have a lot going for them.  They played another great regular season.  6-3 overall and 5-2 league is nothing to be ashamed of.  Did the losses come at the wrong times and to the wrong opponents? Yes, they did.  But the Cougars played solid football all year, offensively and defensively.  This is a reason why they look to be so dangerous in the Class AA playoffs come next weekend.

Playoff matchups, power ratings and standings update will be posted tomorrow night.

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