The St. Joseph’s varsity football team’s memorable season came to an end on a cold, rainy evening against Gray Collegiate Academy with a 44-18 loss in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs Friday night.
The Knights (10-2) scored on their first three possessions and led 18-12, but Gray Collegiate took the lead right before halftime and took control in the second half.
St. Joe’s scored on its opening possession on a 48-yard touchdown run by sophomore K.D. Boyd. The PAT was no good, and it was 6-0.
Gray Collegiate responded on its first drive but also failed on the conversion, and it was 6-6 with seven minutes left in the first quarter.
The Knights marched 64 yards, capping the drive with senior Rashad Luckey’s 5-yard touchdown run. A two-point conversion try was no good, and St. Joe’s led 12-6 late in the first quarter.
The War Eagles scored early in the second quarter and missed their conversion attempt, making it 12-12.
The Knights drove 70 yards, with Luckey scoring on a 7-yard run. Once again, a two-point try failed, but St. Joe’s had an 18-12 advantage with about a minute remaining in the half.
It was Luckey’s 28th touchdown in eight games this season (he’s missed four due to injuries).
Gray Collegiate struck quickly with a touchdown pass and two-point conversion before the end of the quarter and went into halftime with a 20-18 lead.
The War Eagles scored on their first possession of the second half and added another two-point play, making it 28-18.
St. Joe’s moved deep into War Eagles territory, but an interception ended the drive, and Gray Collegiate went the length of the field to record another touchdown and two-point conversion to take a commanding 36-18 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.
The War Eagles’ last score was the result of a blocked punt with eight minutes left.
Nonetheless, the Knights had an incredible season, reaching 10 victories and the second round of the playoffs for just the second time in the 10-year history of the program. They also earned a home playoff game for the first time.
Indeed, it was a memorable season for the Knights!!