Crusader Season Ends After Tough Loss

IMG_4969Brother Martin opened the playoffs with a Catholic League rematch going up against the Jesuit Blue Jays.  The team played hard and had a chance to win on their final possession, however, the Crusaders came up just a little short and their season ended with a 17-14 loss to the Blue Jays at Tad Gormley on Friday night.  The Crusaders finished 4-7 and 1-4 in district play.

Late in the game, the Blue Jays were driving down the field and picked up a critical first down on fourth-and-three. A couple of short runs by Jesuit forced Brother Martin to use its last timeout with 1:54 left in the game. After the timeout, on third-and-nine, Jesuit came out throwing and was picked off by Andrew Boucvalt, who made a great break on the ball from his safety spot. Boucvalt had a 30 yard return to set up Brother Martin on its own 38-yard line with a chance to tie or take the lead.

On third-and-seven with about a minute to play, Broggi took a shot downfield, but it was intercepted and returned all the way down inside Brother Martin’s five-yard line.  But, a Blue Jay defender collided with the receiver a fraction too early and the penalty gave possession back to the Crusaders inside the Jesuit 40 yard line to keep the Crusader hopes alive.

A couple of completions ran the clock down inside 40 seconds, and with the clock still running down to about 25 seconds, Broggi took another shot downfield that was picked off by Dillon Knight to seal the win for Jesuit.