Story by Andrew Feather, Campus Correspondent for Bishop McNamara
On Saturday, Bishop McNamara and St. John's went head to head in a contest for the ages as it took a big stop on a two-point conversion with no time left in the game to preserve a 31-29 Cadets victory.
St. John's was leading 31-23 with two minutes left in regulation when the Mustangs started a series at their own 29 yard line. McNamara mounted a drive that, with the help of a roughing the passer penalty on a 37-yard pass from Ramar Williams to Jordan Crocket, left them on the six-yard line with only nine seconds left. When the pocket collapsed on Williams during the next play, the quarterback scrambled into the end zone as time expired.
On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, the St. John's defense, a unit that had picked off two passes and dropped a couple other interceptions earlier in the game, held firm and walked off the field victors.
After the game, St. John's junior defensive back Ean Brown, who had both of the Cadets' interceptions said: "To come out and win a tough game like that just feels great and to know that I had an impact on the game feels [even better]."
Brown's teammate, quarterback Will Ulmer, who had over 100 yards both passing and rushing, had a lot of praise for the defensive effort.
"The whole defense is the MVP," Ulmer said. "I didn't have my best game but I did what was needed and I could count on [the defense] to get the ball back in our hands."
Although the loss was heartbreaking for the McNamara players and coaching staff there were quite a few bright spots in the match-up. Wide receiver Jordan Crocket, who has had over 100 yards receiving in all of the Mustangs' games this season, had by far his best performance yet. He had seven catches for 260 yards and added a 78 yard kick return touchdown for good measure.
Ramar Williams, who was put in the game after halftime to replace the struggling Milan Collins, is only a freshman. Williams showed poise beyond his years and excited the crowd with his dual-threat ability.
Next up for St. John's will be Archbishop Carroll. McNamara will face off against Gonzaga next Saturday.