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John Carroll football beats Boys' Latin in 4-overtime thriller

Boys' Latin junior quarterback Logan Wisnauskas threw four touchdown passes against John Carroll Friday, but the Patriots outlasted the Lakers in a 47-40 4-overtime thriller
Boys' Latin junior quarterback Logan Wisnauskas threw four touchdown passes against John Carroll Friday, but the Patriots outlasted the Lakers in a 47-40 4-overtime thriller (File photo/BSMG)

Senior running back Jerome Brown scored on a 10-yard run to lift the John Carroll football team to a 47-40 victory over Boys' Latin in four overtimes in Bel Air Friday night.

The game lasted 3 1/2 hours, leaving coaches and players exhausted on both teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game.

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"I lost track of the overtimes," John Carroll football coach Keith Rawlings said. "I seriously did. I don't know how many we played."

The contrasting emotions were evident on both sides after the postgame handshake.

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Boys' Latin coach Ritchie Schell said his program had never played in a four-overtime game.

"We gave it everything we had," said Schell, whose team led, 14-10, at halftime and 27-24 early in the fourth quarter. "It was a game we could have had. We had the momentum, but a couple of bad plays by us let them back in the game. Give them credit. They came back and made some good plays."

Boys' Latin tied the game in the second overtime when quarterback Logan Wisnauskas teamed with Sam Bowen on a 5-yard touchdown pass and kicker Domonic Maggio added the extra point.

Boys' Latin (5-2 overall, 2-1 league) led in the third overtime on Maggio's 20-yard field goal. But John Carroll (4-3, 2-2) scored the last 10 points to prevail.

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Steve Cutchin booted a 23-yard field goal to tie it at 40 in the third overtime, then came the winning score in the final overtime as Brown sprinted around the right side of the line and into the corner of the end zone.

"We had been running a lot of inside insolation and power plays," Rawlings said. "We told him (Brown) if he sees it, bounce it outside and he did. He just saw it and got out there. He is a scat-back type of guy."

The game ended when John Carroll defenders Damon Lloyd and Ky'el Hemby tackled Bowen at the 2-yard line to pop the ball loose on 4th-and-7 after he momentarily caught it on a pass from Wisnauskas (19-for-30, 250 yards, 4 TDs).

That play spurred the John Carroll fans to pour onto the field to celebrate.

Boys' Latin led, 14-10, at halftime behind senior running back Jerel Archer (19 rushes, 87 yards) He scored on a 47-yard touchdown run and 55-yard touchdown reception.

John Carroll, however, quickly erased that lead in the third quarter, capitalizing on two turnovers, including an Alex Rasmussen interception. Malik Tyne rushed for touchdowns of 1 and 4 yards in the quarter to give John Carroll a 24-14 advantage.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Lakers went ahead, 27-24, on Wisnauskas' 15-yard touchdown pass to Kam Stuckey. Wisnauskas finished with four touchdown passes.

John Carroll quarterback Christian Scott, filling in for the injured Kurt Rawlings in the second half, hit Luke Rinehart on a short pass and the running back broke two tackles on a 43-yard touchdown with 6:44 remaining. Maggio sent the game into overtime with a 19-yard field goal with 24 seconds left.

"There were no losers in this game," Rawlings said. "The kids from both teams really played their hearts out."

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