Quarterback Andrew Wallace threw for four touchdowns Friday night, leading Seton Catholic past visiting Arcadia 35-21.
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The Sentinels (5-4) took the lead for good at the end of the third quarter on a 30-yard touchdown reception by Paul Allen. The ensuing extra point gave Seton a 28-21 lead.
Andrew Gillespie started the drive off with a 25-yard kickoff return that put the Sentinels on their own 30-yard line. Wallace then moved the team downfield with mid-range throws to Allen and Adam Engelbert.
Following a 10-yard run by running back Mike Amorosi, Allen out jumped the Titan defenders just beyond the goal line to snag Wallace's pass.
Wallace had a tremendous game under center for Seton. He completed 23-of-26 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns.
The Titans defense forced a three-and-out on the Sentinels first drive of the second half and forced a punt. Titan defensive line, led by Drake Bennetch, pressured Wallace and caused the change of possession.
Arcadia (5-3) then tied the game at 21-21 on a 10-play, 60-yard drive. The Titans ran the ball on every play of the drive and eventually punched the ball into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on a quarterback sneak by Cole Richardson.
Richardson broke off a 16-yard run on the second play of the drive to put Arcadia into Seton territory. Ryan Lowry also had an 18-yard run on the drive.
Seton went up 35-21 on a scoring drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter. After a 54-yard punt by Titan Ross Richardson put the Sentinels on their own 18, Wallace hit Bollinger for a 36-yard gain. A few plays later, Wallace found Ethan Springston for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
“We can’t give up 35 points and win,” said Arcadia coach Jim Ellison.
Wallace and Bollinger had great chemistry throughout the game. Bollinger caught 11 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans drove the ball 55 yards to the Sentinel 15-yard line on their next drive but failed to score due to one costly penalty. On third-and-eight from the 15, Richardson scrambled for a first down only to have the play called back on an illegal block.
Sentinels Eric and David Probst sacked Richardson on the next two plays to force a turnover on downs.
Penalties plagued the Titans all game. They team committed 9 penalties that cost 65 yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans also drove the ball to the Sentinel 4 at the start of the second quarter before losing possession on a fumbled snap.
“It’s not all on our defense,” said Ellison. “We drove 75 yards and gave up the ball.”
Arcadia opened up the game with a bang, taking the opening kickoff and scoring within the first 1:10.
Justice Means returned the kick 42 yards to the Sentinel 40 to set up the drive. A facemask call on Seton and a 6-yard run by Vince Roscoe brought Arcadia to the edge of the red zone. Sosaia Maafu then busted through the defense and gave the Titans a 6-0 lead on a 20-yard touchdown run.
Maafu played another great game as Arcadia’s primary back. He ran the ball 15 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Arcadia then overcame several costly penalties to take a 14-0 lead on its next drive of the game.
The Titans had a 31-yard touchdown run by Maafu and a 48-yard touchdown run by Roscoe called back on penalties on the drive. The Titans also had the drive extended when the Sentinels committed a roughing-the-kicker penalty on fourth down that gave the Titans a fresh set of downs.
Maafu eventually finished the drive with 26-yard touchdown run. He then caught the two-point conversion pass from Richardson to give the Titans a 14-0 lead.
The Sentinels responded immediately on their next drive when Bollinger beat the coverage for a 64-yard touchdown reception.
Seton corner back CJ McGrady then intercepted a pass on Arcadia’s next drive to give the Sentinels a chance to tie the game. Richardson never felt comfortable in the pocket and was forced to rush throws and scramble all game.
“He's our guy back there and he is improving,” said Ellison. “He just had no time.”
After dumping the ball to Bollinger for a 38-yard gain at the end of the first quarter, Wallace tied the game at the start of the second on a 15-yard scoring pass to his favorite wide out.
Seton running back Amorosi gave the team its first lead of the game with 22 seconds left in the first half when he punched in a score from 2 yards out.
Amorosi played well in the game and helped balance the Seton offense. He ran the ball 17 times for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Injured Arcadia running back Bradley Tefft did not play in the first half but entered the game on the first drive of the third quarter. He ran the ball six times for 37 yards.
Arcadia lineman German Castro suffered a leg injury at the beginning of the fourth quarter.