John Paul II fought back from an early 23-point deficit, but the Golden Warriors couldn’t dig all the way out of the early hole on the road, falling 30-20 at Bethesda Academy on Friday.
Led by quarterback Antjuan McKay, who gashed the Golden Warriors on the ground, the Blazers bolted out to a 23-0 lead, but JPII didn’t go quietly.
The Golden Warriors got on the board before halftime and recovered an onside kick after pulling within 10 in the fourth quarter but couldn’t close the gap any further.
Jeremiah Young led JPII with 142 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added 55 passing yards, while Austin McIntosh added 57 yards on 20 carries and Jackson Ogden picked up 45 yards and two TDs on eight carries. Hayden Jennings led the defense with nine tackles (two solo) and a fumble recovery.
JPII (1-2) is off next week before hosting Pinewood Prep on Sept. 24.