A tough Archbishop Curley defense limited host No. 11 Boys' Latin to one scoring drive en route to a 15-7 win in an MIAA B Conference playoff game Saturday.
Curley (9-2) advances to face No. 8 Archbishop Spalding in the conference championship game this Saturday at Mount St. Joseph at 1 p.m. The Friars upset the Cavaliers, 17-7, on Oct. 8.
A three-way regular-season tie between Boys' Latin, Curley and Spalding led to Spalding winning a coin flip to advance directly to the final. In the B Conference, the top two teams during the regular season meet in the championship game.
Brandon Barnes scored on a 32-yard run in the first quarter to give the Lakers (7-3) a 7-0 lead. But Curley cut the lead to one in the second when Luke Stidham completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Williams.
"The game was a defensive battle in the first half, but two big plays by both teams in the second half was the turning point," Curley coach Sean Murphy said.
Both plays happened in the third quarter. Boys' Latin punted the ball to the Curley 2-yard line. Curley answered on second-and-9 with a 45-yard pass from Stidham to Avery Williams, Anthony's brother. This led to Nick Budnichuk's 26-yard field-goal attempt and a 9-7 Curley lead.
Nick D'Avanzo had a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
City 46, Douglass 20: Da'Quan Smith had 16 carries for 116 yards and three touchdowns to power the Knights (8-3) past the Ducks (8-3) in a Class 2A North Regional semifinal at Poly.
City quarterback Steffen Wilkens threw one touchdown pass and rushed for two more. The Knights took an early 14-0 lead and maintained a 10-point lead throughout the game.
City will face Eastern Tech, which won, 42-0, over Dundalk on Friday in the regional finals.