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Another Classic Inter-City Battle Finishes with Lions Winning by 2-Point Conversion

Saturday, November 30, 2002

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

The end of this game was a scene being repeated by football players throughout the area. This weekend would be the last time to suit up as not only the seniors, but also the entire squad face the fact that this was their final game. Except for the upcoming group championship matches, the Thanksgiving weekend is a reminder that the football season is just about over. When Gloucester and Gloucester Catholic took the field this afternoon, both teams were looking to finish on a winning note. The Lions would tie, then win the game on a two-point conversion to defeat the Rams from Gloucester Catholic by a 14-12 margin.

Gloucester (10-1) was looking to end their season with a win after losing to Florence in overtime last week. They would get a good start by scoring first in the second quarter on Matt Wilke touchdown reception from quarterback Keith O'Donnell. The Lions were looking to add even more points in the quarter, but an interception by Gloucester Catholic's Chris Plum halted Gloucester drive. Plum was not satisfied with just getting the turnover, he rambled 90-yards for the score to tie this game a 6-6.

The Rams also wanted to end their season with a win. Their ground game found success behind the legs of runningback Mark Bottino. His efforts put Gloucester Catholic ahead 12-6 with a 3-yard run in the third quarter. The Lions would tie the game on a fourth quarter touchdown with 7:37 remaining in the game. Vince Londino crossed the goal line from 26-yards out to set up the game winning two-point conversion by Andrew Brandt.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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