Senior running back John Quinn capped a 19-play, 78-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to give the St. Charles Preparatory School football team a 20-14 win over host Watterson on Oct. 25 at Hagley Field.
The Cardinals improved to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the CCL-Silver to give the program its first league championship since 1962.
Quinn, who also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a score, ran in the 1-yard touchdown with 2 minutes remaining in the game.
“It was special to win this with these guys,” Quinn said. “We’ve been working hard and fighting all year. All of the hard work in practice and the weight room really paid off for something concrete.”
The Cardinals were playing without their top offensive threat in NiQuille Bell. The junior slotback suffered a broken leg in the fourth quarter of a 37-15 win over Kings Mills Kings on Oct. 18.
St. Charles senior Sean Hennessey recovered a Watterson fumble at the Eagles’ 28 on the game’s opening kickoff. Three plays later from the 2-yard line, senior running back Michael Hamrock fumbled the ball into the end zone but senior wide receiver Ben Hale recovered for a St. Charles touchdown with 10:28 left in the first quarter.
Watterson junior quarterback Sam Maglicic scored the first of his two touchdowns with 1:31 left in the first quarter on a 15-yard run.
After Quinn answered with his 99-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff, Maglicic added a 61-yard run in the second quarter to end the scoring until Quinn’s late run.
“When we were sophomores, we had a similar drive that was like nine minutes to beat (the Eagles 23-13), and we had the same thing this year,” said Hamrock, who rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries. “It was deja vu for us, and you have to give all of the credit to our (offensive) line.”
Watterson senior linebacker Patrick Roark had an interception at the St. Charles 16 and recovered a fumble at the Cardinals’ 20 on the visitors’ first two possessions of the second half. but the Eagles did not score.
Maglicic finished with 91 yards in 15 carries to lead Watterson, which dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the CCL-Silver.
SC -- Hale fumble recovery in end zone (Groeber kick)
W -- Maglicic 15 run (Harper kick)
SC -- Quinn 99 kickoff return (kick failed)
W -- Maglicic 61 run (Harper kick)
SC -- Quinn 1 (Groeber kick)