In a short amount of time yesterday afternoon, Catholic University saw one of its best comebacks in recent memory turn into one of its most bitter losses.
John Carroll University scored a late touchdown on a rain-soaked DuFour Field to hand Catholic a 26-21 loss, ending a 20-game regular season winning streak. The loss spoiled Catholic's rally from a first quarter in which the Blue Streak built a 20-0 lead.
The Cardinals thus begin their season with a loss for the first time in the six-year tenure of Coach Tom Clark. The Cardinals have gone 10-1 each of the past two seasons, with each loss coming in the first round of the Division III playoffs.
"You don't want to start off the season with a loss, but that's what you get when you play a team like John Carroll," Clark said. "In a lot of ways, that's the best team we've played."
It appeared that John Carroll was on its way to a rout when Bobby Kraft ran the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. Then on Catholic's first play from scrimmage, senior receiver Mike Hunter (Gonzaga) fumbled and John Carroll's Tom Rini recovered and ran 30 yards for another touchdown.
The Blue Streaks added six more points 12 minutes later when Kraft ran for an 80-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt went wide left.
Midway through the second quarter, sophomore Dan Boyle ran for a five-yard touchdown, and with 8 minutes 33 seconds left in the third quarter freshman Dan Evans (Paul VI) caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Derek McGee. Catholic went ahead with 2:57 left in the third quarter on a two-yard run by senior Andrew Notarfrancesco.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Catholic was driving but Dominick Clayton picked off a deflected pass and ran it back to John Carroll's 36-yard line. On the next play, Tom Arth found Jeff Lerner wide open for the winning touchdown.
RICHMOND 42, VMI 6: Jimmie Miles ran for four touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Spiders at home. Richmond (1-0) outgained the Keydets, 466 yards to 131, including 365 yards rushing. The Spiders' TyRonne Turner ran for 100 yards and Miles rushed 14 times for 77 yards and passed for 101 yards.
BOWIE STATE 20, CHEYNEY 6: Ray Hawkins had touchdown runs of one and nine yards and generated 140 yards of offense to lead the Bulldogs to the win in Bowie. Harry Brunson blocked a punt late in the second quarter that led to a touchdown and also had a 56-yard interception return. Bowie State's defense produced five sacks.
MONT.-ROCKVILLE 73, WALTER REED ARMY 0: Pat Cilento (Sherwood) threw for 111 yards and three touchdowns for the Knights, who held visiting Walter Reed to 25 total yards. Al Beverly and Pete Fountain had touchdown catches and Steve Edwards (High Point) returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown.