Second-half rally boosts Boys' Latin

Shut out in first half, Lakers defeat Crusaders behind Ishway

Boys' Latin 13 St. Paul's 9


High Schools

November 04, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Tyricuz Ishway spent eight months in the offseason rehabilitating torn ligaments in his left knee. Last fall, the injury forced him to miss Boys' Latin's last five football games along with an entire winter wrestling season.

"I had to watch everything from the sidelines and from the bleachers," said Ishway, whose Lakers were runners-up to last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion Archbishop Spalding. "The whole time, emotionally, things just built up inside."

Ishway had a dramatic finish to his return season yesterday, setting up his game-winning 2-yard touchdown run with a 41-yard reception from Charlie McComas in a come-from-behind 13-9 victory over visiting St. Paul's before about 1,200 fans.

Ishway, 5 feet 7 and 165 pounds, and Chris Katerianakis (10 tackles) each registered a sack, and Kevin Moriarity and Ryan Jordan each made an interception as the Lakers (8-2, 3-1) overcame a 9-0 halftime deficit to beat the Crusaders (6-4, 2-2) for the third consecutive time. It was only the 12th victory against the Crusaders in 45 meetings for the Lakers, who closed the gap to 9-6 in the third quarter after Moriarity (four receptions, 101 yards) turned McComas' down-and-out into a 68-yard scoring reception.

"Kevin turned a great catch into a run for the touchdown," McComas said. "That put us back into the mind-set of coming back to win."

On third-and-nine with 2:28 to play, Ishway told McComas (165 passing yards) to find him and assured the quarterback that he would do the rest. McComas then watched Ishway leap above a taller defender for the catch before landing on the 3-yard line.

"Their safety stuck his hand in front of the ball but I was focused and came down with it," said Ishway, whose game-winning score came two plays later with 1:22 remaining. "It's been good getting the pads on, banging again after all that working out in the gym on my leg, and this is a great way to go out."

The Crusaders scored on Tim Adams' 23-yard scoring run in the first quarter and Brian Prater's 31-yard field goal in the second quarter. St. Paul's finished third in the conference behind the runner-up Lakers and North Division champion Cardinal Gibbons (10-2, 4-0). Gibbons will meet defending champion No. 5 Archbishop Spalding of the South Division in next weekend's title game.

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