Crusaders score 31 second half points to come-from-behind

A roller coaster of season for the St. Paul’s football team ended on a high note, Friday at Boys’ Latin, a very high note.

Despite finding itself out of the MIAA B Conference football championship race, after a promising start, the Crusaders still had a big game to look forward to for their season finale as they traveled to rival Boys’ Latin for the annual Alumni Cup Challenge.

Down 10-0 at the half, St. Paul’s (6-3, 4-2 MIAA B) stunned the Lakers (4-6, 3-3 MIAA B) by switching to a running formation, from which is also passed effectively, in the second half and rallying for 31 points over the final two quarters to pull out a thrilling 31-28 victory.

Filling in for injured senior captain Princeton Douglas, junior running back Logan Santos emerged as one of the game’s stars, bursting loose for 153 yards on 12 carries and scoring two touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Leo Kelly and slot receiver Jack Parr also made the most of their final high school game. Kelly went 14-for-24 for 278 yards and two touchdowns and Parr caught seven of those balls for 198 yards and a score.

St. Paul’s gained 437 yards of total offense against the Lakers.

After a scoreless first quarter, Boys’ Latin score 10 unanswered points in the second quarter. St. Paul’s scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, but still trailed 22-21 entering the final stanza.

“I told the kids that this was for the ‘community championship,'” said St. Paul’s coach Scott Ripley. “Going 6-3 is a great season for a team rebuilding. Senior Jack Parr was our MVP today. The key to the victory was making the adjustments at the half. I am so proud of these guys.”

It was the second straight win in this series for the Crusaders as they continue to lead all-time 42-22-1. The two teams played for seven straight years beginning in 1933, but took a 22-year break when St. Paul’s changed leagues and BL switched to six-man football. They have been playing continuously since 1961.

Photos courtesy of Daniel Daugherty