Two teams – Archbishop Curley and John Carroll – which met in last year’s MIAA B Conference championship game, had just pride on the line, Friday, as they met under the lights at Curley in the 2016 football finale for both schools. Both sides battled as if a championship were in the balance in a highly entertaining showdown, won by the host Friars, 35-33.
Curley broke on top with a pair of early touchdowns, a 1-yard run by quarterback Brendon Clay and a 15-yard run by senior James Diggs, but the Patriots came right back with a pair of touchdown throws from quarterback Qadir Ismail and the teams ended the first quarter tied at 14-14.
From there the squads traded big plays, with the difference being a blocked extra-point by the Friars’s Will Pritchet and a failed 2-point conversion attempt after John Carroll scored the final touchdown of the night, late in the fourth quarter.
Diggs rushed for 212 yards and two scores for Curley, while Tyrone Roper ran for 101-yards, as Curley racked up 371 yards rushing. Carlos Artson also scored a pair of touchdowns, the first on a 42-yard run and the second on a 23-yard reception.
Ismail was the star for John Carroll, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing to a fifth. Senior Niko Rice finished with two touchdown catches.
After going 12-0 and winning the league title in 2015, John Carroll finished at 1-9 overall and 1-5 in the league. Curley was 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the B Conference.