By:|Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
HighPoint.Com Stadium-It was a homecoming for St.Joseph’s Prep head coach Gabe Infante who played football at Memorial High School in West New York and coached at several schools in New Jersey including Memorial, Queen of Peace, and Bergen Catholic.
The Hawks overcame a 13-point deficit over the final eight minutes for a 35-27 come-from-behind win in a game that St. Peter’s let slip through their fingers.
The Mauraders had a 27-14 led into the fourth quarter before Navy commit Maasai Maynor threw his first of three picks in the game. St. Joe’s converted the first interception into points which quarterback Kyle McCord hit receiver Jack Sutton on 20-yard seam route. With 7:42 remaining on the clock, St. Peter’s was up by a touchdown after the Hawk’s missed its extra point attempt.
“We didn’t play well in the second half but we have a lot of players that won’t quit. We have young players stepping up and playing significant minutes. We are a little inexperienced and the only way to get better is to get game experience. As the season progresses we will be able to adjust more accurately. But it is a good win for our program and you can’t never count us out of a game.” St. Joseph’s defensive lineman Andrew Bailey said.
The Hawks’ running back Kolbe Burrell kept the chains moving all game long for the Prep. Burrell finished the contest with 20 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns while quarterback Kyle McCord completed 10-20 passes for 130 yards with a touchdown and early interception.
“They kept fighting and stuck to the plan. It’s something we preach every day. That’s a great team over there. I tip my hat to them, but I give my kids credit. They kept fighting, and that’s very indicative of what we did last year.” Hawks head coach Gabe Infante said.
St. Peter’s running back Anthony Summey carried 15 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns and was a hard tackle for the Hawks defense on the second level. Summey took it in from the 9-yard line that gave St. Peter’s a 27-14 lead, then scampered 95 yards to paydirt with 1:40 remaining closing out the third. The Marauders thought the game was theirs judging from their sideline celebrations.
With 6:05 in regulation linebacker Liam Johnson came down with an interception while the Marauders were trying to set up a screen near their sidelines. A few plays later Kolbe Burrell broke free on a power play for a 27-yard touchdown.
The Hawks decided to go for the win instead of kicking the extra point, and it worked to perfection. McCord rolled out to the right and hit running back Marques Mason on a speed out to give the Prep a 28-27 lead with 3:14 to play.
On the ensuing drive, the Hawks ramped up the pressure on Maynor and caused him to throw his third interception of the game. The Prep sealed the game with a touchdown with a little over a minute to play in regulation.
“Our kids have been resilient, and that’s what we’ve become.” Gabe Infante said.
St. Peter’s ranked No. 2 in the NJ.com Top 20 and will have the whole week to make adjustments for defending champions Bergen Catholic who is coming to the Cove Friday night.