St. Joseph Academy Crusaders 46, Horizon Prep Lions 22
Week six is in the books, and the Citrus league has another result to add to its standings. The St. Joseph Academy Crusaders cruised to a 46-22 win over the Horizon Prep Lions under the Friday afternoon sun in Fairbanks Ranch. Both teams will move to a 2-2 record on the season.
The game started out quick, with an opening-possession touchdown from both squads. However, only Saint Joseph Academy could keep up the pace.
With 8:32 left in the first quarter, Crusaders running back Francis Limpin exploded for a 55-yd rushing touchdown and a 16-6 lead after successfully completing both of their two-point conversions. This would be the start of a 32-point Crusader run that would remain unanswered until the beginning of the third quarter.
The Lions were able to produce a late-3rd quarter and an early 4th quarter touchdown to bring the score to 40-22, but a final rushing touchdown by Limpin with four minutes remaining in the game sealed the deal, and the 46-22 win.
While Limpin contributed two rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, and well more than 200 all-purpose yards on the game on a massive number of touches, the star of the Crusaders offense was QB Joseph Lisiecki. Lisiecki contributed two passing and two rushing touchdowns, and completed the longest play of the day, a 70-yd passing touchdown from his own ten yardline. This was caught by sophomore receiver John Gallagher, his only receiving touchdown of the game. Declan Kerekes contributed his own rushing touchdown, and Mitch Adams a receiving touchdown.
The Crusader defense was also stellar on the day, forcing at least five sacks on the afternoon.
The Lions offense hit their stride early with an opening possession Kasey Bowles passing touchdown to Josh Van Damm, but frequent pressure from the Crusaders kept them out of the endzone until a 52-yd Emerson Sims reception set up a one-yard Bowles rushing touchdown. The Bowles-Sims connection would strike again in the 4th quarter. This completion, a 24-yd passing touchdown, was the final Lions score of the game, and it ultimately wasn’t enough to overcome an exceptionally potent Crusader offense.
St. Joseph Academy will continue on against Ocean View Prep at home next week, while Horizon Prep will have a bye-week before travelling out to Borrego Springs on October 6th. Catch their highlights on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report!