A week ago an errant lateral which was picked up and returned for a touchdown proved to be a pivotal play in Archbishop Curley’s 21-7 MIAA B Conference football loss at Boys’ Latin.
Friday, however, the Friars reversed their fortune as they recovered three St. Paul’s fumbles, including one which was returned five yards for touchdown by senior linebacker Domanya Womack as Curley defeated St. Paul’s, 14-7, in Brooklandville.
Womack’s score came in the second quarter of a contest dominated by the two defenses, allowing Curley to hold a 7-0 lead at the half. It remained that way into the fourth quarter when Joe Evans scored on a two yard run for Curley, extending its lead to 14-0.
St. Paul’s made things interesting when Jay Carlson hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Parks, but Curley (2-1) was able to hang on to even its league record at 1-1. St. Paul’s is now 2-1 overall and in conference.
Anthony Williams had a stellar day on the Friar defense, as he record an interception and a fumble recovery. DJ Sartori made the hit that led to Womack’s TD and later he made a fumble recovery of his own. Avery Williams also recovered a fumble for the Friars, as St. Paul’s was limited to just 89 yards of total offense.
Evans led the offense with 70 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Kenny Thomas ran for 57 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards.
Next Friday Curley will finally play its home opener when it hosts St. Frances. St. Paul’s is idle next week as it prepares for its first road test when it travels to Severn on Oct. 2.
Archbishop Curley 14, St. Paul’s 7
AC-Womack 5 fumble return (Budnichuk kick)
AC-Evans 2 run (Budnichuk kick)
SP-Carlson 20 pass from Parks (Skudrna kick)