St. Paul's remains unbeaten in football with win over Boys' Latin

St. Paul's sophomore quarterback Anthony Pino keeps getting better and better, even to the point where he can share top billing in the Crusaders' offensive schemes with Towson University-bound running back Dale Harris, senior wideout Teddy Martinez or junior running back Kaylon Johnson.

While Harris and Johnson both scored twice, Pino ran the offense to perfection and tossed three touchdown passes to lead No. 9 St. Paul's past archrival Boys' Latin, 42-16, Friday afternoon on the Lakers' J. Duncan Smith Field.

The victory capped an unbeaten regular season in the MIAA B Conference for the Crusaders (9-0, 6-0 conference), who earned only their second win in the last eight years over the Lakers (5-5, 2-4) in a series they lead by a comfortable 39-19-1 margin.

BL, which could have salvaged its season with a victory, seemed determined not to allow Harris to have a typically productive day running the ball.

Still, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound speedster had gained 50 yards on the ground by halftime while drawing most of the attention from Laker defenders, leaving plenty of openings for others.

"We have a lot of weapons," St. Paul's coach Paul Bernstorf said. "You take away one thing, and then we've got other guys who can hurt you, too."

One of those weapons, Pino, was on his game, completing scoring passes to Johnson (22 and 5 yards) and Hunter Pearl (52 yards).

On the Pearl play, Pino nimbly sidestepped a sack attempt, moved forward out of the pocket and lofted a rainbow to the junior running back, who thundered the final 20 yards into the end zone.

As all that was going on, the defense did its part by forcing an interception by freshman defensive back Tyler Rockhill and recovering two fumbles (junior linebacker Keifer Rawlings and senior defensive back Justin Miller).

"It was my first win over BL in anything," said senior linebacker Travis Wood, a Johns Hopkins University lacrosse recruit. "I needed it, needed it. We were confident and we wanted to be physical with their power game."

The Lakers did manage one sustained drive against St. Paul's first-team defense that began with a 31-yard pass from senior quarterback Frederick Bopst to senior tight end Christian Knight.

The seven-play drive ended with a Bobst 1-yard pass for a score to senior running back Alex Schultz to cut the lead to 28-7.

After getting a safety, BL's final touchdown of the season came on an 11-yard keeper by reserve quarterback Andrew Roswell.

SP 14 14 7 7 42

BL 0 7 2 7 16

SP-Johnson 22 pass from Pino (Price kick)

SP-Harris 2 run (Price kick)

SP-Johnson 2 run (Price kick)

SP-Johnson 5 pass from Pino (Price kick)

BL-Schultz 1 pass from Bopst (Maggio kick)

SP-Pearl 52 pass from Pino (Price kick)

SP-Harris 2 run (Price kick)


BL-Roswell 11 run (Maggio kick)

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