Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.) held off a comeback attempt by No. 22 St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.) for a 45-35 victory Saturday.
St. John’s trailed by 17 points, 38-21, at the end of the third quarter but stormed back on a pair of touchdown passes from Kasim Hill. Hill hit Maurice Bellan with 4:27 remaining to cut the margin to 38-35.
However, on Gonzaga’s next possession, it drove the ball down the field on the ground to the goal line. Gonzaga fumbled on the snap, but recovered in the end zone for a touchdown with 1:47 left. That score set the final margin.
Gonzaga had a 24-14 lead at halftime and went up 31-14 on a 21-yard TD run by Tyre Randolph early in the third quarter. The teams traded scores through the rest of the quarter, with St. John’s scoring on Hill run and Gonzaga scoring on a pick six by Jason Labbe’s.
Hill, who was hampered by an ankle injury, threw for two scores and ran for two scores in leading St. John’s.
The matchup, however, was just Part 1 with the teams scheduled to meet again next week in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals. No. 6 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) and Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) meet in the other semifinals, also a rematch of the regular season finale. DeMatha beat Good Counsel 21-7 on Friday night.