It was a must-win game on Friday, if the Centurions had any hopes at a playoff birth. Heading into the last game of the regular season, the St. John Paul II High School football team was at a 5-4 record and was hosting Victoria St. Joseph, who beat the Centurions 50-0 a year ago.
Down 54-36 in the 4th quarter, it seemed like the StJPII Football Team was headed for the same fate as a year ago. But, the boys showed a resiliency that has been realized from a long process of discipline, and brought to life this season by Head Coach Andrew Leon.
Combined efforts of a 303 yards-rushing effort from Ryan Mota,
12 carries for 33 yards and 2 TD's, plus 96 yards passing with a TD from Justin De Los Santos,
126 Yards Receiving and 3 touchdowns from Trey Mendoza,
...and 87 yards and 2 TD's in the air from Jace Gaza,
the Centurions were able to set up this game-winning touchdown from De Los Santos to Matt Sanchez,
making the final score 57-54 and solidifying JP2's first playoff appearance since 2012.
NEXT GAME: Saturday, Nov 18 at 1:00 PM
John Paul II
@ Hyde Park (Austin, TX) on Saturday, November 18 - 1pm.