HS FOOTBALL: Holy Cross Stays Unbeaten
DUNMORE — With 90 yards to travel in the fourth quarter of a tie game, Holy Cross turned to Jeremy Fick.
The senior delivered, earning three first downs on the drive, including a 13-yard touchdown run.
The score gave the Crusaders a 13-6 victory over Montrose, their second straight win and first 2-0 start since the their inaugural season in 2007-08.
“Last week versus (Holy) Redeemer, we had almost the same thing, like 89 yards,” Fick said. “We just said we can do it. We know we did it last week. We could do it this week. Just keep driving, keep driving. They’re tired, we’re tired, but we know we’re more conditioned than them.”
Before the Crusaders started their drive, they had to stop the Meteors, who pushed the ball into the red zone on quarterback Ethan Cina’s 39-yard pass to Chucky Rohan late in the third quarter.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Montrose faced a 4th and 8 at the Holy Cross 13. Cina dropped back, but couldn’t find anybody. He tried to run for the first down, but the Crusaders stopped him at the 10 for a turnover on downs.
Fick brought the Crusaders to the 20 with a 10-yard run. After a hold, quarterback Jake Wiercinski connected with Brandon Ludovici on two straight passes for 9 and 11 yards to make up the penalty yardage and get the first down.
A few plays later, Fick took the handoff and a shot from the Montrose defense. But the senior stayed upright and turned a possible loss of yardage into a 7-yard gain and a first down.
“I thought I was going down,” Fick said. “Then they just stopped running so I just kept pushing, kept pushing. You can’t stop your feet, keep your feet going.”
Nick Brooks followed up Fick’s run with an 11-yard gain to the Montrose 22.
The Crusaders had a scare on the next play when the ball came free on a Fick run. Montrose jumped on the loose ball, but the referee ruled Fick down.
Three plays later, Fick bolted through the line to the end zone for a 13-yard score to give Holy Cross a 13-6 lead with 5:01 in the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Montrose faced a 4th and 13 at its 30. Cina threw deep to Rohan, who made contact with a Holy Cross defensive back and fell as the ball hit the ground incomplete.
The Crusaders took over, gained a first down on two runs from Fick and a Wiercinski sneak and went into victory formation.
Before the end of the half, Wiercinski scored on a 3-yard run to give the Crusaders a 6-0 advantage.
Montrose answered in the third quarter behind fullback Darrin Mpintos.
The senior moved the ball into Holy Cross territory on a 36-yard run, and capped the nine-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to tie the game, 6-6.
After snapping a 25-game losing streak with a 14-12 win over Holy Redeemer last week, the Crusaders have a win streak for the first time since 2010.
“It feels great,” Fick said. “It’s my senior year. My friends got me to come out. It’s a great experience. I’m glad I joined the team.”
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