Saints fight back from early 14-0 deficit with fourth quarter rally

The race for the four football playoff spots in the MIAA B Conference is starting to take shape and as usual, No. 17 St. Mary’s is right in the middle of the conversation.

The Saints, who opened the season with a pair of non-league losses, improved to 2-0 in the B Conference (2-2 overall), Friday, with a thrilling fourth quarter comeback, producing a 20-17 home win over Boys’ Latin School, at Pascal Field.

Boys’ Latin (1-2 overall, 0-2 MIAA B), looking to bounce back from a 28-7 loss to John Carroll last week, came out blazing in the opening quarter, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns to take a quick 14-0 lead. St. Mary’s (2-2 overall, 2-0 MIAA B) countered with a field goal from Sean Berzins, with three minutes to go in the first quarter and the score remained 14-3 at the half.

Midway through the third, Boys’ Latin got those three points back with a field goal, and the Lakers led 17-3. From that point, however, the St. Mary’s defense shut down BL and even scored a safety in the final minute of the third quarter to set the stage for the fourth quarter rally.

Senior Alex Wicks, who finished with 184 yards rushing on the evening, found the end zone twice in the final quarter as the Saints came back and pulled out the victory. The first score came on a 24-yard run and the second was setup by a Wicks’ 64-yard run down to the Laker five.

Following Friday’s action, four teams remain undefeated in the B Conference, led by St. Vincent Pallotti, which is 3-0 after a 47-0 demolition of Annapolis Area Christian. No. 14 Concordia Prep is now 2-0 in the league after its 26-13 win over Severn, as is St. Mary’s and Archbishop Curley, which plays a non-conference game on Saturday at Gilman. John Carroll, which had a bye this week is 2-1.

Boys’ Latin will return to Annapolis next week for a must win league contest against Annapolis Area Christian, while St. Mary’s will travel to Archbishop Curley next Friday for a battle of league unbeatens.