For the past 15 weeks, the Saints have had their hearts set on making a deep playoff run. When they took the field Saturday against Imhotep Charter at Governor Mifflin, they looked to take the next step towards that goal.
For the first time all season, the Saints entered a game as an underdog. The Panthers of Imhotep were bigger, faster, and stronger than the Saints on paper, but the unity of the Berks Catholic football team was second to none.
The Saints defense seemed more than up for the task of stopping a slew of NCAA Division 1 recruits as they forced a three-and-out on the Panthers first drive.
After being forced to punt on offense, the Saints defense took the field again. This time they forced a turnover after Will Mancuso applied pressure and recovered a fumble.
The Saints defense would allow a 75 yard touchdown to DeAndre Scott on the Panthers next possession, but after a missed PAT, they trailed just 6-0.
The Saints defense held tough again until Tyliek Raynor broke off a 49 yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Raynor touchdown was followed by a two point conversion pass from Andre Dreuitt to DJ Moore, giving the Panthers a 14-0 lead heading into the half.
The Saints several times were able to move the ball downfield against the strong Panthers defense, but they ultimately would stall out and turn the ball over on downs.
The Saints ultimately fell 20-0 on Saturday, but it was not due to a lack of effort. The Saints defense held Imhotep to just 20 points, a season low for the Panthers. The Panthers, who were averaging 116.9 passing yards per game, were held to just a single passing yard against the Saints great secondary.
Coach Keeley after the game said “This has been one of the best teams I’ve ever coached. There isn’t an ounce of quit in these boys. They’re going to take this loss hard, but they should realize that they are all better men. I’m going to miss these seniors.”
The Saints finish the season with a record of 14-1 and the distinction of being the last team from Berks County still standing.