For the last several seasons Baltimore Lutheran and Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran have met on the gridiron. Their latest meeting Saturday was a thriller with the Saints rallying for a 36-35 victory in Towson.
John Nunes scored the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter and Dave Dooley kicked the extra point for the game-winner. Jay Davis preserved the victory with an interception on Long Island’s final drive.
The Saints trailed 35-22 after Long Island Lutheran’s Jordan Channer scored on a three-yard run with 7 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in regulation. The Saints came back with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Armes to Dooley, then Nunes scored from 22 yards out, completing a back-and-forth tussle between the two private programs.
Long Island Lutheran led 22-7 in the first half, thanks to scores by Rob Waldman, Channer and freshman Tiquan Garner, before Armes had a one-yard scoring run and hooked up with Dooley for an one-yard scoring play. Armes found Jay Davis for the two-point conversion, tying the game at 22 in the third quarter.
Long Island took the lead back with a pair of Channer’s short scoring runs. Channer, a sophomore fullback, scored three touchdowns Saturday.
Nunes rushed for 66 yards while Armes completed 13 of 22 attempts for 180 yards. Davis caught five passes for 85 yards.
Nunes led the Saints’ defense with 15 tackles (two for loss), and Matt Brause and Davis added 11 and 10, respectively. Scotty Sweigart had nine tackles, and Taylor King had six tackles.
The Saints will be the first opponent for Mount Carmel’s new program next weekend.
Baltimore Lutheran 36, Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran 35
Long Island Lutheran 7 15 0 13-35
Baltimore Lutheran 7 7 8 14-36
LIL-Weldman 7 run (Hessel kick)
BL-Nunes 33 run (Dooley kick)
LIL-Channer 3 run (Beauma pass from Waldman)
LIL-Garner 1 run (Hessel kick)
BL-Armes 1 run (Dooley kick)
BL-Armes 1 pass from Dooley (Davis pass from Armes)
LIL-Channer 1 run (Hessel kick)
LIL-Channer 3 run (Hessel kick)
BL-Dooley 20 pass from Armes (Dooley kick)
BL-Nunes 22 run (Dooley kick)