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Camden Catholic's Late Score Defeats Holy Cross

Friday, October 15, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It wasn't the best playing conditions, but it was a game that had to be played. During an on and off rainy night at Camden Catholic, the Lancers from Holy Cross were looking to maintain their one game lead over the Irish in the Burlington/Olympic Patriot division. The undefeated Lancers battled their host evenly for three quarters but there wasn't a clear indication who had the momentum when the final period began. That was until quarterback Sean Scanlon scrambled and found Kyle Kondrla open for the game winning score and the divisional title. With their 10-3 victory, the Irish with the tie-breaker owned the first place status by giving Holy Cross their first loss of the season.

Both teams were looking to establish a running game with the way the conditions were on the field. It would have been very interesting to see how this game really would have been played without the wet muddy condition and rain drops falling out of the sky. Nevertheless, it became a game of field position and both teams were struggling to sustain a drive. The half ended with a scoreless tie leaving the second half even more important than the first.

Camden Catholic took their slim 3-0 lead into the fourth quarter, thanks to the place kicking by Kondrla. Holy Cross would be able to tie the score when Marc Zucconi nailed his 35-yard attempt with less than ten minutes remaining in the game. The Irish would convert on several big plays during their next scoring drive that set up the game winning touchdown. Kondrla was alone in the endzone when a scrambling Scanlon tossed the easiest pass he through all day into the waiting arms of his fullback.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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