Outlook: After an extended season, the Friars and Cavaliers will decide the MIAA B Conference championship. Curley, No. 13 Spalding and Boys’ Latin were deadlocked atop the conference standings at the end of the regular season. Spalding won a coin flip to advance to the finals while Curley battled Boys’ Latin Saturday for the other finals’ spot.
The No. 17 Friars (9-2) posted a 15-7 decision at Boys’ Latin, for their first title game berth. Senior quarterback Luke Stidham threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Williams, and Nick D’Avanzo capped a 12-play, 68-yard scoring drive with a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The win avenged a 21-7 loss to the Lakers in week two. Curley held Boys’ Latin to its lowest output of the season.
The Friars’ defense will attempt to slow down Spalding’s offense for a second time this season. Last month, Curley forced the Severn school into four turnovers including three fumbles in a 17-7 decision.
Stidham paced the offense with scoring passes of 38 yards to Antond McDonald and 40 to Dominic Hezekiah. Joe Evans led the Friars with 102 yards rushing.
In its last performance, Spalding (7-3) rolled 57 points in a victory over St. John’s Catholic Prep. Senior running back KK Smith rushed for 254 yards and scored five touchdowns, and D.J. Smith added 110. The Cavaliers racked up 527 yards offense.
Spalding is seeking a repeat and fourth B championship since 2005. Curley’s last title came in 2004.