PALM BEACH, Fla. — Catholic Memorial’s successful streak didn’t survive a visit south.
Luke Warnock threw for a pair of touchdowns whereas the Cardinal Newman protection pressured two key turnovers that led to 14 factors because the host Crusaders defeated Catholic Memorial, 35-2, on Friday evening.
The loss for the Knights snaps a Massachusetts-high 30-game successful streak that dates again to the 2019 Division 1 Super Bowl versus St. John’s Prep. Perhaps extra notably, the Knights misplaced three gamers to potential season-ending accidents, together with star operating again Mekhi Dodd.
“We got guys banged up tonight. We may have lost three key guys,” Catholic Memorial coach John DiBiaso stated. “I’ve come down here before. Unfortunately, we had no other options. We had to come down. We needed the game.”
Cardinal Newman (4-0) held a 7-0 lead simply earlier than the half courtesy of a a J’bo Brown two-yard landing run however the Knights appear poised to go into the locker room inside putting distance. Facing a fourth and two by itself 32-yard line and a pair of.4 seconds remaining within the half, DiBiaso appeared to wish to kneel the ball as time expired within the body.
The Knights, nevertheless, knelt on the ball too rapidly, forcing a turnover on downs with 1.2 seconds left. The Crusaders took benefit as Warnock hit Nae’Shaun Montgomery for a 32-yard Hail Mary and a 14-0 halftime lead.
The Knights obtained on the board early within the third quarter on a security, however the guests proceeded to fumble the following free kick. Warnock once more helped the Crusaders capitalize on a mistake as he faked a bubble display screen after which hit Dallas Desouza for a 13-yard landing and a 21-2 benefit. Xanai Scott put the sport on ice with a 67-yard scoop and rating for the hosts.
“We made too many mistakes. We’re supposed to take the knee before the half but we screw it up. Otherwise it’s 7-0 at the half,” DiBiaso stated. “It doesn’t benefit when you lose three key guys. It’s different down here. It’s a different speed for sure.”
Catholic Memorial returns dwelling to face off in opposition to St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sept. 23 at midday.