Just as the much anticipated MIAA B Conference football showdown between No. 6 John Carroll and Boys’ Latin had reached an electric pitch, late in the third quarter, it was halted by a flash in the sky which signaled the start of a rare fall thunderstorm, Friday afternoon at BL. The contest was suspended with 55 seconds to play in the third quarter, with John Carroll clinging to a 27-20 lead, as the two squads were battling towards what appeared to be a thrilling finish.

The game will resume on Monday afternoon at Boys’ Latin with the Lakers preparing for a second-and-10 play at the John Carroll 46.

Early on all of the thrills were with John Carroll (6-0, 3-0) as the Patriots stormed out to a 20-0 lead behind three touchdown passes from senior quarterback Kurt Rawlings, who now as 29 on the season.

Boys’ Latin (4-1, 3-0) got on the board with an 8-yard second quarter touchdown run by Dajuan Felder and then cut it’s deficit to 20-10 on a 55-yard field goal by All-American kicker Dominic Maggio on the final play of the first half.

Maggio’s kick, which was straight down the middle, banged high off of the retaining fence a good 12 yards beyond the goal post. It is tied for third longest field goal in state history. Havre de Grace’s Shane West set the record in 2003 with a 59-yard kick against Aberdeen. Jason Bloom of Perry Hall (1994) and Scott Collins of John Carroll (1997) each kicked 57-yarders, while Adam Green of Broadneck (2011) and Nathan Kelley of Mount Hebron (1990) each kicked 55-yard field goals.

The Lakers got even closer on their first possession of the third quarter when Braden Atkinson caught a throw from senior quarterback Logan Wisnauskas, on a crossing pattern, and turned it up the right side line for a 74-yard catch and run for a touchdown.

Then on John Carroll’s next possession, BL linebacker Evan Gaines slapped the ball free from the Patriots Niko Rice, after a short reception, and defensive lineman Victor Dumukeje picked up the ball and returned it 11 yard to the John Carroll 11. That led to a 21-yard field goal by Maggio that tied the game at 20.

John Carroll switch gears on its next drive, showing the Lakers a heavy dose of junior running back Devin Darrington. Darrington carried the ball seven times for 61 yards on a 13-play 80-yard touchdown march, which was capped by a a 4-yard leap into the end zone by Rawlings.

With the storm clouds rolling in, Boys’ Latin drove from his own 20, across midfield, in five plays, before the action was halted.

Thus far in the contest, Rawlings has completed 19-of 25 passes for 183 yards and three scores, while Wisnauskas has connected on 11-of-18 for 166 yards and a score. Darrington has run 18 times for John Carroll for 108 yards, while Felder leads BL’s ground game with 34 yards on seven carries.

Photo courtesy of Kim Kreider Muhlenfeld: John Carroll quarterback Kurt Rawlings splits two Boys’ Latin defender as he leapt into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown that gave the Patriots a 27-20 lead over the Lakers in the third quarter Friday.