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Fairfield 38, St. Peter’s 34

November 16, 1997

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Shearrod Duncan’s 30-yard touchdown run with 2:59 left in the game propelled Fairfield to a come-from-behind 38-34 win Saturday night over St. Peter’s.

Duncan took a handoff up the middle, then broke around the left end for the winning score. His run came on the first play from scrimmage after Steven Hadley returned a kickoff 52 yards to the St. Peter’s 30.

Duncan, a freshman tailback, finished the game with 132 yards on 24 rushes.

The winning touchdown came just 26 seconds after St. Peter’s (1-9) had taken its first lead of the game, 34-31, on a 4-yard touchdown by Tom Reali and an 18-yard run by junior running back Delly Makle.

Reali, a senior fullback, led St. Peter’s, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for a game-high 141 yards on 31 carries.

Fairfield (7-3) had taken its biggest lead of the game, 28-14, when quarterback Jim Lopusznick scored his second rushing touchdown, a 5-yarder with 1:45 left in the first half. Lopusznick also passed for a touchdown in the first half.

Lopusznick, a sophomore, finished the game with 78 rushing yards and he passed for 185 yards, completing 16 of 24 attempts.

Reali scored the second of his three touchdowns with 27 seconds left in the first half to cut the deficit to 28-21.

The only score in the third quarter was a 36-yard field goal by Fairfield’s Jason Butsch.

With Fairfield leading 38-34 in the fourth, St. Peter’s had another chance to win, advancing to the Fairfield 46 with less than 2 minutes left. But, Reali could not handle the handoff from quarterback Jeremy Bartuck and the fumble was recovered by Fairfield’s Steve Norcini with 1:45 left in the game.

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