St. Frances (Md.) 28 St. Joe’s (Montvale) 0
St. Frances scored 21 points in the third quarter to pull away from St. Joe’s, 28-0.
First Quarter: Much of the quarter was an exchange of punts until St. Frances had the ball with over four minutes left in the quarter. To that point, there were only two first downs – both by Joe’s. St. Frances started on their 24 and scored on a 20-yard pass from John Griffith to Denylon Morrissette, who made a beautiful catch in the end zone.
Second Quarter: Joe’s had a five-minute drive, but failed to get on the board when a 27-yard field goal attempt failed on a mishandled snap. The biggest play was a 13-yard run by Audric Estime, who barely missed a touchdown when a defender got him by the ankle. St. Frances looked to be driving, but a Griffith fumble was recovered by Joe’s on their 47. The Green Knights had another chance late in the half, but their field goal attempt failed for the second time.
Third Quarter: St. Frances came out with the ball and scored on each of their first three drives. The first drive went seven plays, five of them on runs by Blake Corum, who scored on a 4-yard run. The big play on the drive was a 40-yard completion to Lamar Patterson, who evaded defenders down the left sideline. An errant punt gave St. Frances the ball on the Joe’s 30 and Griffith scored on a 4-yard keeper. Joe’s, in a last attempt to stay in the game went for it on fourth-and-1 on their 29, but were stopped for no gain. St. Francis closed out their scoring when Patterson went 12 yards on the jet sweep.
Fourth Quarter: Very little happened, as substitutes made appearances and St. Frances stayed on the ground after their last touchdown, not throwing any passes.
St. Frances – 7-0-21-0-28
St. Joe’s —– 0-0-0-0-0
SF – Griffith to #11, 20 yards (kick good)
SF – Corum, 4-yard run (kick good)
SF – Griffith, 4-yard run (kick good)
SF – Patterson, 12-yard run (kick good)
Summary: St. Joe’s was in the game during the first half, but did not take advantage of their opportunities, missing two field goals. Once St. Frances scored early in the third quarter, the game slipped away for the Green Knights.
St. Frances is an outstanding team and I don’t see any of the other North Jersey catholic schools beating them. They’re highly ranked in the national polls with a lot of size and speed. The offensive line is huge and Corum is a very good running back who verballed to Michigan, along with four of his teammates. Defensive end Chris Braswell, an Alabama commit, had one sack and was part of the defense that effectively shut down the Green Knights, limiting them to 88 yards rushing and 100 passing.
St. Joe’s coach Augie Hoffman: “That was the best defense I’ve seen in my eleven years in coaching. They have speed, physicality and they’re well-coached – very much like the old Bosco. Saying the margin of error against them is small is an understatement. They took away what we do well and they’re a class program.”