|Catholic 41, Frostburg State 35 (OT)||Oct. 19, 2002|
WASHINGTON - Senior Dan Evans (South Riding, Va./Paul VI) caught a 12-yard pass in the first overtime as Catholic almost gave up a three-touchdown lead in defeating Frostburg State in a wild thriller, 41-35, to extend the Cardinals' win streak to three games.
After first-quarter touchdown runs by senior running back James Vollono (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and senior quarterback Bill Sutton (Columbia, Md./DeMatha), left, and an early second-quarter scoring catch by sophomore tight end Kevin McNulty (Elkins Park, Pa./St. Joseph's), the Cardinals built a 21-0 lead and looked to break the game wide open.
But Frostburg (3-3) finally got on the board later in the quarter as the Bobcat's Grant Burroughs hit a wide open Anthony Long along the right sideline for a 30-yard score to cut into the lead. Burroughs threw for five scores on 35-for-65 passing for 391 yards and two interceptions.
Catholic (3-3) answered on the next possession as Sutton hooked up with senior wide receiver Jim Jankiewicz (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's) on a post pattern for 46 yards and a score. Sutton would finish with 264 yards on 18-of-34 passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Sutton's first interception late in the first half gave Frostburg the ball at the Catholic 28-yard line. Five plays later Burroughs found Tim Wilkins in the end zone with just 20 seconds to go in the second quarter. Wilkins finished with a game-high nine receptions for 111 yards.
Wilkins's second score of the day, a 10-yard pass, midway through the third quarter shrunk the CUA lead to 28-21. The first play on the following possession, Sutton could not handle the snap and fumbled, with FSU's Dave Lightner recovering at the CUA 30-yard line.
Four plays later, Burroughs hit running back Edward Kearny on a dump off out of the backfield and into the end zone to tie the game at 28-28. Kearney was held in check by the CUA defense, registering 25 net yards on the ground and just five receptions for 29 yards.
The Cardinals took a 35-28 lead as Sutton found senior running back Tokollo Moffat (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) on a 16-yard pass with over nine minutes in regulation for Sutton's fourth scoring strike of the day. Moffat ran for this third consecutive 100-plus yard game, finishing with 131 yards on 21 carries.
But Frostburg caught a huge break in the fourth-quarter as a fumble by Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) on a FSU punt at the Frostburg 47-yard line gave the Bobcats new life late in the game. Burrough led his troops all the way down to the CUA 3-yard line where he hit tight end Roy Olson to tie it at 35-35 with less than five minutes in the game.
Catholic took the kickoff and marched to midfield but was forced to punt. The Bobcats tried to answer but on a third-and-3, sophomore linebacker Bobby Stutz (Hillsborough, N.J./Immaculata) intercepted Burrough's pass, giving the Cardinals the ball at midfield.
CUA turned the ball back over on the ensuing drive, as Moffat was stopped short on a fourth-and-2 at the FSU 28-yard line with just four seconds in the fourth quarter.
In the overtime period, Frostburg had the first crack at the end zone but junior Jeff McMahon (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) intercepted Burrough to end the scoring threat.
Catholic used just four plays in the game-winning scoring drive.
Defensively, senior linebacker Ryan Welsh (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) led all tacklers with nine stops, six for losses and three sacks. Teammate Jeff Tabery (Saylorsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) collected seven tackles. For his efforts, Welsh was honored by the ODAC and Don Hansen.
Catholic returns to action next weekend as they play at Hampden-Sydney at 1 p.m.