John Paul II holds on for key victory

John Paul II holds on for key victory


John Paul II holds on for key victory


The John Paul II football team won its second straight game over the Rocky Bayou Knights Friday night, 41-35.

“Rocky Bayou is a fantastic program,” John Paul II coach Scott Houston said. “They can really move the ball up and down the field.”

The senior night game was a shootout as both teams combined for over 700 yards of total offense.

Rocky Bayou struck first on a short reception that turned into a 69-yard touchdown on its first drive. JPII’s Stephon Thomas tied the game up soon after with a 22-yard punt return off of a shanked punt. The Panthers pulled ahead later in the first quarter with a touchdown pass from quarterback Marshall Moyle to receiver Frank Tracy for 77 yards.

Moyle had two touchdowns and over 230 yards passing along with 42 more yards and another touchdown on the ground.

Rocky Bayou cut the lead another touchdown through the air from just outside the end zone, but the extra-point attempt was blocked. The teams swapped two more touchdowns through the air to tie the game at 21-21 going into the half.

Sam Lewis returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a TD to put the Panthers up 28-21. On Rocky Bayou’s next possession, the Knights drove the bulk of the field before JPII’s Tracy intercepted a pass. After a huge pass from Moyle to Thomas, Moyle capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run.

Rocky Bayou attempted to crawl back into the game, scoring two more touchdowns, but it was not enough.

The Panthers put the game away with another interception, this time by Thomas, and a rushing touchdown by Chet Iwuagwa.

Thomas led the Panthers with 49 yards rushing while both Tracy and Iwuagwu had 93 yards receiving.

Moyle led the Panthers’ defensively as well, recording 11 tackles.

“Our guys were able to overcome a lot of mistakes, and eek it out in the end.” Houston said.


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