2016 MIAA B CONFERENCE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS
ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI PANTHERS
When St. Vincent Pallotti High lost its first two football games of the season, it decided it wouldn’t lose another game. That promise was fulfilled Saturday evening at Archbishop Spalding.
The No. 12 Panthers crushed No. 20 Boys’ Latin School, 53-10, in the MIAA B Conference championship game at Whittles Field. Senior running Jaret Patterson rushed for 188 yards and scored three touchdowns for Pallotti (10-2 overall).
The Laurel school induced a running clock in the second half, hastening the collection of its second MIAA football title in three seasons. Pallotti won the C title in 2014.
A year after returning to the B league, the Panthers were dominant in 2016, winning their seven league decisions by an average of 38 points.
“It’s a great feeling to go out with a bang. It feels great,” said Jaret Patterson.
It was the bruising running attack of the Panthers, led by Patterson, which propelled them. Freshman Blake Corum added 99 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
“Running the ball is our strong suit,” St. Vincent Pallotti coach Ian Thomas said. “It was even to the point, where Boys’ Latin would just call out our plays. I told my guys, ‘Don’t worry about it. See if they could stop it.’ They couldn’t stop it.”
The Panthers (10-2) defense was just as impressive with four interceptions and returning a fumble for a touchdown.
On their opening drive, the Panthers took the ball from their own 30 and drove it down to the Laker 3-yard line as Paterson gashed the Boys’ Latin defense along the way. The drive didn’t result in points as the Panthers missed a 25-yard field goal attempt.
Both offenses stalled for the remainder of the first quarter. Late in the period, Laker senior Desmond Banks picked off Brandon Stewart, giving Boys’ Latin (7-4) possession at the Panther 15. After throwing three straight incomplete passes, the Lakers settled for a 27-yard Sam Grace field goal for the game’s first score.
In the second, the Lakers started a drive at their own 29 and began to march their way down the field with runs from Devon Brewer and Josh Pugh. Nasir Edmond intercepted a Brenden Crouse pass and gave the Panthers the ball at their own 48.
Six plays later, Corum finished off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run, but missed the extra point. However, the trouble for the Lakers (7-4) was just beginning.
On the ensuing drive, James Patterson picked off Crouse, putting the ball at Pallotti’s 25. After runs of 14 and 26 yards and multiple defensive penalties by the Lakers, Patterson finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown jaunt. Stewart rushed in on the right side for the two-point conversion giving the Panthers a 14-3 lead with 5 minute and 48 seconds left in the first half.
Boys’ Latin trimmed the lead to 14-10 late in the second when free safety Dejuan Felder stripped the ball from Corum on a running play and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. The momentum didn’t last long.
Davon Patterson intercepted Crouse, and Jaret Patterson scored on a 30-yard run, putting Pallotti up, 20-10, at halftime. Corum opened the second half with a 12-yard touchdown run.
Jaret Patterson, who will attend the University of Buffalo next season, scored on the defensive end scooping up a fumble and sprinting 45 yards. The Panthers would tack on two scores with runs by Cameron Sullivan-Brown and Jacob Johnson.
It was pretty obvious for Boys’ Latin coach Ritchie Schnell what went wrong Saturday.
“We just gave them the ball too many times,” Schnell said. “They are really good. They have seven Division I kids. We have two. But we have a lot guys coming back next year, we will have a lot to build on.”
Pallotti opened the season with close losses to Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) and Montgomery County private power Bullis School. The Panthers averaged 48 points over their final 10 games.
“We knew it wasn’t how you start the season, but how you finished,” said Jaret Patterson. “We stuck to that mentality through the whole season.”
MIAA B Conference football championship
at Archbishop Spalding
No. 12 St. Vincent Pallotti 53, No. 20 Boys’ Latin School 10
Boys’ Latin 3 7 0 0 – 10
Pallotti 6 14 26 7 – 53
BL – Grace 27 field goal
SVP – Corum 3 run (kick failed)
SVP – J. Patterson 3 run (Steward run)
BL – Banks 50 fumble return (Grace kick)
SVP – J. Patterson 30 run (conversion failed)
SVP – Corum 12 run (Patterson run)
SVP – Patterson 45 fumble return (Johnson run)
SVP – Stewart 10 run (Sullivan Brown run)
SVP – Johnson 9 run (Lilja kick)