The St. Vincent Pallotti football team was unimpressive at times but got the job done when it counted to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference championship with a 43-14 victory over Annapolis Area Christian School on Saturday night at Archbishop Spalding.
The Eagles fell to 5-5.
Turnovers and penalties hobbled the Panthers for most of the game against an Eagles squad they beat 34-2 eight days earlier.
Pallotti (10-3) used a strong rushing attack to score two touchdowns in the second half to overcome five turnovers and 12 penalties for 123 yards.
It's the first football championship for Pallotti since the Panthers shared the title with Boys' Latin in 2005.
"You usually don't win football games when you have five turnovers," Pallotti coach Rick Peacock said. "But our defense kept us in the game. We had a couple of goal-line stands."
The Panthers finished with six sacks. Junior linebacker Chase Young recorded 3.5 and Chris Mullins and Eddie O'Neill each added one.
Pallotti's rushing attack overpowered AACS in the second half, rolling up 200 yards of its 359 yards.
Justin Mulbach and Tony Tyler each rushed for scores, running behind an offensive line of Jeff Butler, Chris Mullins, Anthony Harvey, Darrien Holder and Jelani Dennis-Gray.
"We were more physical," Pallotti sophomore quarterback Mason Clark said of the second half. "We are bigger, faster and stronger."
Pallotti started to pull away in the middle of the third quarter.
Clark threw his second of two touchdown passes, finding Cameron Sullivan-Brown in the right corner of the end zone for an 8-yard score to make it 27-14.
The Panthers boosted their lead to 35-14 with 6:09 remaining in the fourth quarter on Mulbach's 5-yard run.
On the first play from scrimmage, Pallotti sophomore cornerback Cameron Sullivan-Brown picked off AACS sophomore quarterback DJ Golatt.
No. 11 Archbishop Curley 56, St.Paul's 14: Dionte Harris had 211 yards rushing and 94 yards receiving and scored five touchdowns to lead the visiting Friars (10-0) past the Crusaders (5-4-1) at Archbishop Spalding to capture the MIAA BConference championship.
Curley jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind a Shawn Fenner rushing touchdown and a touchdown reception by Harris.
Harris gave Curley a 21-6 lead on his second touchdown run before scoring three more in the second half.
No. 12 Calvert Hall 21, No. 4 Mount Saint Joseph 7: The Cardinals (6-4) struggled with slow starts all season long, according to coach Donald Davis.
That wasn't a problem against the Gaels (8-3) as Calvert Hall scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter in the upset.
"I thought we needed to get off to a fast start to be successful," Davis said. "And we did."
Quarterback Kenji Bahar threw two touchdown passes of 25 and 60 yards to get the offense started.
"When [Bahar] is in full command like he was today, we're pretty good," Davis said.
The Gaels (8-3) scored with two minutes left in the game when Bryan Costabile completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Blue. Calvert Hall will next face Loyola Blakefield in the Turkey Bowl at 10a.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, at M&T Bank Stadium.
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.