St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy spotted Marion Center an early two-touchdown lead but didn’t give up.
Turning a pair of second-quarter fumbles into a pair of touchdowns, the Wolves rallied to beat the Stingers 24-20 Friday night.
Charles Ross scored the game-winning touchdown 1:15 into the fourth quarter to give St. Joe’s its second win of the season, in its final contest of 2015.
“It feels good,” Wolves coach Dave Carson said. “Tonight was a big one for us. Our senior leadership from last year is gone, and our line is very young. So, we wanted to use tonight’s game to see if we’re getting any better. We really challenged them to come out here and get a little more physical. We play good usually the first half, and then we fall apart in the second half. Tonight we played a little better in the second half. We still had problems, but we played good enough to get the win.”
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The Wolves trailed 14-0 with less than two minutes left on the first-half clock, but Stinger fumbles turned the tide, first on their own 8-yard line, then on their own 32.
The first scored was a Mikey Kresovich connection to Ross from eight yards out, then the pair hooked up again on a one-yard scoring pass to trail 14-12 at the break.
Inspired, the Wolves marched down the field on a seven-play, 60-yard march to open the second half, capped by Kresovich’s 30-yard connection to Blake Murray.
The Stingers, who have lost eight straight, took the lead again on a 24-yard run by Zach Edwards, his second score of the day. Edwards finished with 206 yards on 29 carries.
But Ross scored again, this time on a two-yard run, and with 10:45 left the Wolves were back in front.
Marion Center marched down the field and had a first down at the St. Joe’s 16, but could not finish the drive. The Wolves could not advance after starting the drive at their own eight and had to punt, giving the Stingers one more opportunity at their own 42 with three minutes left. But Austin Emel sealed the win with an interception on the drive’s first play, and St. Joe’s ran out the clock to lock up the victory.
Kresovich finished 13 of 29 passing for 121 yards, and also had 11 carries for 65 yards on the ground. Ross had seven catches for 45 yards.
Craig Irvin added 12 carries for 41 yards and the other touchdown, a seven-yard run, for Marion Center.