Trailing by a field goal at halftime and sensing that their chances of making the playoffs were slipping away, the St. John's football staff began rotating quarterbacks. With sophomore running back Antwon Bailey alternating with usual starter Josh Johnson, the Cadets scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a key 27-9 victory over O'Connell in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game Sunday.
"I thought that gave us the necessary jump-start," St. John's Coach Joe Patterson said. "Josh threw the ball real well in the second half, and our ground game is starting to click."
Running back Stephon Hampton had his second consecutive 100-yard game and wide receiver DeLonte Armstrong had another long touchdown catch, this one a 76-yarder. Bailey finished with 87 yards on 12 carries and completed his only pass for 18 yards.
With two games remaining, St. John's (4-4, 2-3) is battling for a WCAC postseason berth. DeMatha and Good Counsel are undefeated in league play, and there are several teams within one game of each other. The Cadets close their season against Carroll (which is winless in league play) and Gonzaga (3-2 in the WCAC).
"Our feeling is if we have another loss, we're not going to make it," Patterson said.
-- Josh Barr