BUFFALO – Carter Barnes’ 19-yard touchdown run with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter lifted Cathedral Prep to a dramatic 44-38 win over Canisius (N.Y.) in its regular-season finale on Saturday.
The play capped a huge game from Barnes, who threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns and also had 119 yards on the ground.
Canisius led 31-22 at the half before the Ramblers came storming back.
Suhtaun Lewis scampered in from eight yards out in the third quarter to cut the margin to 31-29.
Canisius scored early in the fourth quarter on a Tyler Baker 19-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Morgan, but the Ramblers bounce back.
Mike Parks scored with 5:27 to play on an 11-yard touchdown run and the Ramblers were able to get a stop on the ensuing possession to set up Barnes’ late-game heroics.
All three of Barnes’ touchdown passes came in the first half. Wakeem Page and Barnes hooked up on a 15-yard strike in the first quarter and again on a big-play strike of 73 yards early in the second quarter.
Barnes’ third TD pass came via a 27-yard throw to Camariyon Bridges.
Cureem Hathcock scored on a pair of 2-yard runs in the first half for Canisius and Baker scored on a 3-yard run and connected with Michael Doctor on a 13-yard score just before the half to give Canisius its 9-point halftime cushion.
Page had 90 yards receiving for the Ramblers, while Bridges had 78 and Parks had exactly 100 yards on the ground.
Baker threw for 263 yards.
Prep (8-1) now turns its attention toward the playoffs and a Class 5A subregional game against Brasher on Friday. That will be a home game for the Ramblers at Dollinger Field.
TITUSVILLE 14, KENNEDY CATHOLIC 8
HERMITAGE, Pa. – Titusville made a pair of first-half touchdowns hold up in a 14-8 win over Kennedy Catholic.
It was the third win of the season for the Rockets.
Garrett Knapp threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Malave at the 5:41 mark of the first quarter.
Just before the half, Knapp threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 17-yarder to Kolin Baker.
Kennedy Catholic shut down the Rockets in the second half, and got within one score on a 67-yard pitch and catch from Rayvion Wilbon-Venable to Simeir Wade with 5:26 to play in the game.
The Golden Eagles got the ball back late in the fourth, but the Rockets’ defense stood tall to preserve the win.
LAKEVIEW 41, FRANKLIN 40, OT
FRANKLIN, Pa. – Gavin Murdock’s 2-point conversion run in the first overtime gave Lakeview a 41-40 win over Franklin.
Murdock’s touchdown came after Calogano Wilkins rushed for a 16-yard score to get the Sailors within one, 40-39.
Franklin’s Carson Wible scored on a short plunge to begin overtime to give the Knights the lead.
It was a wild end of regulation just to get the game to overtime.
With the game tied at 26-26, Wilkins plunged it in from two yards out to give the Sailors a 33-26 lead after the PAT with just 20 seconds to go.
Franklin’s Wyatt Bell nearly returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, however, giving them a chance. This came on the heels of a Bell punt return for a touchdown earlier in the fourth quarter.
The Knights took advantage, as Hunter Marsteller connected with Jackson Ewing on a 28-yard strike that, coupled with the extra point, sent the game to overtime.
It was a back-and-forth affair as Murdock had a big game, scoring a pair of first-half rushing touchdowns to give the Sailors a 13-0 lead.
Carson Wibel answered for Franklin with a 30-yard touchdown run to make the score 13-7 at halftime.
Bell scored on a 13-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game at 13-all early in the second half, but Wilkins scored on a short touchdown run on the ensuing drive to give the Sailors the lead back.
Murdock scored on a 42-yard run in the third quarter before the Franklin rally.
SHARPSVILLE 63, MERCYHURST PREP 13
ERIE, Pa. – The first year of the Sharpsville/West Middlesex co-op ended the season with a rousing 63-14 win over Mercyhurst Prep, a game they led 48-0 at halftime.
The Blue Devils finished the season with a 7-3 record.
Chris Roth scored three first-half touchdowns for the Blue Devils, while Zach Tedrow had two and Ian Smith and Caullin Summers one each.
Roth scored his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a 7-yard plunge in the third quarter.
David Bahm threw a touchdown pass in the second half for Mercyhurst Prep and Aronde Bridgett ran for another.
The Lakers finish the season with a record of 3-5.