After Brother Martin had taken a three-point lead over Jesuit with 19 seconds remaining in Friday’s game, Blair Joseph said he just didn’t want to get an earful from his coaches.
Incredibly, Joseph had to run down Jesuit’s Kalija Joseph at the Crusaders’ 5-yard line as time expired to preserve the Crusaders’ thrilling 49-46 victory at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Lipscomb took a short pass from quarterback Peter Hontas, who took the snap from the Jays’ 35-yard line with only 5 seconds remaining. Lipscomb dodged some initial traffic, including Joseph, and broke out of a pack of players.
He sprinted toward the south end zone before Joseph caught him and knocked him out of bounds at the 5 with no time left.
“I just ran him down,” Joseph said moments after the game-saving play. He laughed, adding: “I knew he wasn’t faster than me.
“I missed him once (near the Crusaders’ 45) and I just didn’t want to get chewed out in film.”
Brother Martin (8-2, 5-2) had taken the 49-46 lead with only 19 seconds remaining by moving 83 yards in 53 seconds as the teams concluded a hectic fourth quarter.
Jesuit (4-6, 1-5) had scored on a 31-yard Hontas to Lipscomb pass that made it 46-42 Jesuit with 1:17 remaining.
The victory assured Brother Martin bye when next week’s playoffs begin. It was also the first win over Jesuit in four years.
“This is the first time I’ve beaten them,” said Joseph, a senior. “It’s a great feeling.”
Hontas and Brother Martin quarterback Jake Broggi threw for 813 yards between them. There were 10 touchdown passes in the game that ended 5 yards short of an 11th.
Hontas threw for 496 yards and five touchdowns on 35 completions in 48 attempts. Broggi, who threw for five scores, set up the thrilling finish with a “hook and lateral” pass to put Brother Martin ahead 49-46 with 19 seconds remaining.
“I knew our kids were not going to be beaten,” Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis said. “They just would not give up.
“We call (the go-ahead-play) hook and lateral. The kids executed to perfection.”
On the go-ahead pass, Singleton ran a simple hook to the sideline and was immediately surrounded by two Jesuit defenders. He pitched to Bruce Jordan-Swilling who was running at full speed when he grabbed the ball at the 27.
Broggi completed 13 of 21 passes and five touchdowns.
Jordan-Swilling accounted for 243 yards rushing and receiving.
“Our offense played well,” Jesuit coach Mark Songy said. “But we just gave up too much on the back end (defensively)
The first quarter ended in a 14-14 tie, but the second quarter settled into a defensive muddle before Jesuit scored with :12 seconds remaining the half for a 17-14 lead.
The Crusaders scored three third-quarter touchdowns to take a 35-24 lead into the fourth.
An 87-yard Broggi to Irv Smith pass made it 42-24 less than 2 minutes into the fourth.
Jesuit then scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions.