The Saints were looking to advance to the PIAA Class AA state semifinals when they took the field Saturday at Towanda High School. Standing in the Saints way was a tough 11-2 Troy team, who was more or less playing at home.
However, it took nearly no time at all for the Saints, who traveled 150 miles, to get on the board. Senior running back Chris Warren took a handoff 70 yards for a touchdown on the Saints first play from scrimmage, giving Berks Catholic a very early 6-0 lead.
The Saints defense would force its first of many three-and-outs on the Trojans first possession.
After stalling on their second drive and punting away, the Saints again forced the Trojans into another three-and-out situation.
It did not take long for the Saints to once again find the end zone. This time Warren took a handoff 31 yards for a touchdown giving the Saints a 13-0 lead over Troy.
The Saints would again force a three-and-out when the Trojans took over. Noticing a theme here?
After a long punt return by Pop Lacey got the Saints inside the Trojans 10, it was Patrick Causa who would eventually score on a one yard run, giving the Saints a 20-0 lead before the close of the first quarter.
Troy’s first possession of the second quarter would end much like all previous drives with a three-and-out. This time however, the Trojans defense would hold the Saints without a score and turned them over on downs around the Troy 20 yard line.
Almost immediately after forcing the turnover on downs, the Trojans fumbled the ball away, with Blake Lutz recovering for the Saints. The fumble recovery would eventually lead to a 3 yard touchdown run by freshman Marcus Wilson. Wilson’s score gave the Trojans a 26-0 lead that they would take into the half.
After playing to a scoreless third quarter, the Saints would add to their lead with a 46 yard touchdown run by Pop Lacey. Lacey’s touchdown, his 10th rushing touchdown of the season, gave the Saints a 33-0 lead.
The Trojans would eventually score on a 1 yard Jed Wright run with just 1:34 remaining, but that was not enough to take down the Saints, who would go on to win 33-6.
The Saints, who are now a perfect 14-0, will face Imhotep Charter (11-2)* at a neutral District 3 site still to be determined.
*Imhotep’s only losses came to Eastern Christian Academy (MD) in a non PIAA game and Martin Luther King on Thanksgiving in which the starters did not play the second half.