In a back and forth affair, St. Joe just ran out of time in the Holy War.
Marian's defense made two big stops inside the 5 yard line in the final 25 seconds as the Knights handed arch rival St. Joe its first loss of the season, 25-21 at Otolski Field Friday night in our Pizza Hut Spotlight Game of the Week.
Despite having no timeouts, St. Joe attempted to run the ball with 25 seconds left but David Arsenault was stuffed. The clock kept ticking and quarterback Nick Carmola finally got the snap off with six seconds remaining. He faked a spike, tried to run and was sacked to end the game.
The Knights rushed the field in celebration, capturing the Holy War. Marian improves to 4-2 on the season after back-to-back wins over Washington and St. Joe.
Carmola and Arsenault connected on a huge play early in the game to give the Indians the lead. Marian answered quickly as Vince Campiti tied the game at seven.
Arsenault would block a punt, leading to a Carmola touchdown pass to Michael Madden to put St. Joe back in front 14-7. Marian again immediately answered as Michael Whitfield rushed 80 yards to tie the game again.
The Knights took a 17-14 lead into the half.
Kevin McFadden gave the Indians the lead back with a touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. The Indians lead shrunk to 21-19 when they were forced to take a safety on a botched punt attempt.
Marian would then take the lead for good in the 4th on a Coley Schultheis touchdown run.
St. Joe will look to bounce back next week against Penn, the only unbeaten team left in the NIC.
On the night they honored the 1983 State Champions, the Kingsmen overcame an early 6-0 deficit to improve to 6-0 with a 17-6 victory over Washington at Freed Field.
Gehrig Dieter scored a touchdown to give the Panthers the lead in the 1st half, but was limited to just one catch for seven yards throughout the entire 2nd half.
Penn blocked a punt in the 2nd quarter that led to a field goal to make it 6-3. The Kingsmen then converted a key 4th and 10 just before the half as Chad Gindelberger connected with Stephen Lesure. That led to a touchdown run to give Penn the 10-6 advantage.
Zach Oakley took the opening kickoff of the 3rd quarter for a touchdown to complete the game's scoring.
Here are the complete scores from Friday Night Football.
Culver Academy 21, John Glenn 48
Memorial 26, Clay 39
Jimtown 30, Concord 16
Knox 6, Culver Comm 42
LaPorte 24, Merriville 47
LaVille 14, Bremen 55
Manchester 8, Rochester 36
Michigan City 3, Lake Central 28
Mishawaka 49, Elkhart Central 38
North Judson 27, Kankakee Val 33
Northwood 34, Northridge 6
Penn 17, SB Washington 6
Plymouth 12, Wawasee 39
SB Riley 13, SB Adams 21
SB St. Joseph’s 21, Marian 25
Benton Harbor 22, Portage Northern 49
Bridgman 20, Eau Claire 28
Cassopolis 21, Berrien Springs 45
Coloma 7, Brandywine 8
Comstock 7, Dowagiac 47
Edwardsburg 28, Buchanan 21
Lawrence 0, Decatur 44
Niles 20, Lakeshore 24
Portage Central 14, St. Joseph (MI) 28
Sturgis 34, BC Central 13
Three Rivers 7, Ostego 62
Watervliet 48, Marcellus 7