St Rita’s late score tops Bishop Mac
Updated: October 12, 2011 6:16PM
Charles Elmore batted down a Hail Mary pass on the goal line as time expired in St. Rita’s 28-24 victory over Bishop McNamara Friday night.
But the strangest play was the winning touchdown recovered by Kenny Golladay at the back of the end zone for the No. 9 Mustangs (6-1) with 1:07 remaining.
``I wasn’t sure if it was a touchdown or not, I just knew I had to recover the ball,’’ said the 6-3 senior.
The ball was fumbled on the goal line on a 13-yard pass from Scott Thomas to Tim Lombard.
Lombard did about everything else right for the Mustangs. Lombard, who rushed 16 times for 111 yards, scored on runs of four and 32 yards in the first half for the Mustangs. The he put the Mustangs ahead with a nine-yard run to open the second half.
But Bishop McNamara came back on a 35-yard field goal by Matt Powell and took the lead on a Travis Grant four-yard run. That Grant run was set up by an interception by Anthony Willis.
Charles Elmore had an interception for St. Rita, but John Kelly was wide right on a 38-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter.
Channing Dolliger threw touchdowns of 19 yards to Jonnie Evans on a fourth-down play and seven yards to Ed Dorsey with 25 seconds remaining in the first half for Bishop McNamara (5-2). Dorsey’s touchdown was set up when Reese Lopez tipped a ball that Tyler Surprenant intercepted. Dolliger completed 14 of 32 for 190 yards for the Fightin’ Irish, which was trying to get the 300th career win for coach Rich Zinanni. In his 37 years at Bishop McNamara, his teams have won four state titles.