John Carroll’s hopes of returning to a second straight MIAA B Conference football championship game are not going to be realized in 2013, but that did not stop the Patriots from taking down an opponent that still has title aspirations.

Friday at Boys’ Latin, the John Carroll defense shutout a squad which came in with one loss and four shutouts of its own, as the Patriots defeated the host Lakers, 14-0.

John Carroll (4-5, 1-3) scored both of its touchdowns in the first quarter and the Patriot defense kept the clamps on the Lakers (6-2, 2-2) throughout.

Jerome Brown, who rushed four times for 55 yards in the contest, rushed for one Patriot score and Christian Scott threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Mark Michael for the other score.

The Patriots rushed for 237 yards in the win with Paul Lorick leading the way with 90 yards on 17 carries.  Allen Bryant also ran 12 times for 70 yards.

Scott and Gus Lane led the defense with eight tackles each.  Daquwann Tucker had seven tackles, while Isaih Speller-Martin had five stops and defended three pass attempts.  In addition, Brown, Lorick, Michael and Julian Meares each had a sack.

As things turned out, with St. Mary’s knocking off defending champion St. Paul’s, Boys’ Latin still controls its own destiny in regards to reaching the B Conference championship game.  The Lakers can advance to the final if it can defeat the Crusaders, Friday afternoon in Brooklandville, as the teams conclude the regular season with their annual rivalry game.

John Carroll, which lost to St. Paul’s, in overtime, in last year’s championship game, will close its season on Friday night against Archbishop Curley, which did clinch a spot in this year’s championship game with its win over Severn on Friday.