High School Sports

High school football: St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy falls to Curwensville

The St. Joseph's Catholic Academy football team had a tough time moving the ball in a down pour for a good portion of the evening on Friday.

Despite the wet conditions, the Wolves threw 34 passes and were intercepted four times as they fell to Curwensville 54-20 at Riverside Stadium.

St. Joseph's quarterback Michael Kresovich completed 13 of his 34 passes on the night.

“When you're playing in a rain like that, it affects a lot of things,” said Curwensville head coach Andy Evanko. “It was hard. You're just out there with wet footballs bouncing everywhere, so it's going to be hard to handle. It's going to be hard to grip and throw, let alone catch the football.”

The St. Joseph's throwing woes were evident from the first play of scrimmage as Golden Tide defensive lineman Austin Bloom picked off a screen pass after a 51-yard kickoff return deep into Curwensville territory.

After not capitalizing on their first series, the Tide scored on their next two possessions on long runs. Hunter Johnson broke a 28-yard scamper, while Nick Stewart took a reverse play 35 yards on fourth down.

Both Curwensville backs topped 100 yards on the day. Stewart had 187 yards on 11 carries, while Johnson tacked on 119 yards on 14 totes.

Curwensville ended the night with 325 yards in total offense, with all of them being on the ground. Stewart hit paydirt three times, while Johnson scored four times.

Kaleb Witherite had the only other score for Curwensville on a 10-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

“They're both pretty good running backs, but a lot of the credit has to go to those guys on the offensive line," said Evanko. “They really did a nice job opening up those holes.

“I was really happy with how we took care of the football in the first half. We didn't have many turnovers. Those guys did a great job tonight.”

The Wolves scored all three of their touchdowns on fourth down, with all of them coming from the arm of Kresovich. Kresovich aired it out to Mike Jabco twice — once on a 16-yarder in the second quarter and again for 20 yards in the fourth quarter.

Eli Lipscomb also scored on a 6-yard pass on the first play in the fourth quarter.

Kresovich scrambled for a 2-point conversion after the second Jabco touchdown.

St. Joseph's dropped to 1-5 on the season. The Wolves next face Chestnut Ridge at Bishop Guilfoyle on Friday.