SHP Falls to St. Peter’s in Overtime

In one of the best games of the year and the NHFS National game of the week, Saint Peter’s Prep received their revenge on the Pirates in a 22-21 win in double overtime. The last time these two teams faced was last year. The Marauders were the #1 ranked team in the state and were defeated by the 2-3 Pirates in overtime 26-25.  

The Marauders started firing out of the gate. They led 14-0 early thanks to Zion Flower and Paul Lefkowitz touchdowns. The Prep answered back with a 19-yard touchdown catch from Jaden Craig ’22 to Myles Thomason ’22; the Pirates were down 14-6 at halftime. The Prep defense was ready in the second half causing turnovers and not letting Saint Peter’s expand their lead. The Seton Hall Prep offense was driving down the field but faced a 4th and 1 on the goal line. Coach Fitzgerald kept his offense out and scored on a designed QB run for Jaden Craig. The Prep tied the game at 14 apiece.

With no points scored in the final quarter, the game headed to overtime. The Marauders received the ball first and failed to score. SHP offense went out on the field trying to get a 1st down and put their Yale commit kicker out to win the game. Thanks to a pass inference call, The Prep got exactly what they wished for. Nick Conforti ’22 was sent out for a 30-yard field goal for the win, but it was blocked and the game continued. The Pirates got the ball right back and were able to find the endzone with a 13-yard touchdown pass caught from Danny Easter ’24. SHP made the PAT so Saint Peter’s had to score on the next possession or the Pirates would win. Saint Peter’s got inside the five-yard line and scored on a two-yard run by Sam Slade. Saint Peter’s decided to not try the PAT, but attempt to go for the win on a two-point conversion. The Maurdeers called a Philly Special and QB Champ Long dove into the end zone a second before Jackson Dowd ’22 tackled him. Saint Peter’s won 22-21.