Seton Catholic upsets Peoria 54-49 in 4A first round

No. 4 Peoria falls just short in 4A first round of playoffs
By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Peoria Times Staff Writer

Photo by Darrell Jackson

 Wide receiver Jovon Scott scores after catching a 24-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Samford.

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Peoria running back Juwaun Price takes a hand-off and races up the middle for a touchdown.
 

Photo by Darrell Jackson

Peoria quarterback Kyle Samford hands the ball off to running back Juwaun Price who races around the outside for a 43-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Photo by Darrell Jackson

The Peoria defense comes up with a big stop of Seton Cartholic running back Michael Van bruwaene.

 

 

“This is a great group of kids and great players and, honestly, what makes it harder is I really thought these kids could make a run in the playoffs,” Peoria head coach Will Babb said.

Entering the 4A playoffs as the No. 13 seed, Chandler Seton Catholic head football coach Mike Chiurco knew his team faced a tough test Nov. 2 in the first round but the Sentinels were able to hang on in the final seconds to pull out a 54-49 upset win over No. 4 Peoria at Peoria High School.
“I am not even sure what to say about that game,” Chiurco said. “(Peoria) is a great team and we knew we had a tough test ahead of us, but if you told me it would take over 50 points to win, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
Seton Catholic quarterback Vincent Wallace completed 22 of 36 passes for 372 yards and four touchdown passes, with the game-winner on a busted play in the final minute.
“(Wallace) is really good and their coaching staff had a great game plan and they came out and gave us some fits on defense early,” Peoria head coach Will Babb said. “They were physical for a while and we struggled with that early.”
Wallace took a snap and rolled to his left, unable to find an open receiver, when he lofted a pass to the back of the end zone where Colten Christiensen leaped up and pulled the ball down for the winning score with 29 seconds left in the game.
“The play broke down and my first and second reads were not there and then noticed Christiensen in the end zone and he made the play,” Wallace said. “We just keep going and made the plays when we needed them and we just played with a passion and the seniors did not want this to be our last game.”
Peoria had a chance late, getting the ball at their own 24-yard line with 24 seconds left in the game. Peoria quarterback Kyle Samford threw a short pass to Jovon Scott, who pitched the ball to Juwaun Price. Price than ran 19 yards to the 43-yard line with nine seconds left in the game.
On the next play, Samford completed a pass to Price who raced around the outside, cut up the middle and nearly scored, but two penalties on the Panthers sealed the victory for the Sentinels.
“We made too many mistakes at the wrong times and kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” Babb said. “(Wallace) is a great quarterback and made some great plays for them when they needed them.”
Leading 31-28 at halftime, Seton Catholic took the second-half opening drive and marched 59 yards on 13 plays, but was held to a 31-yard field goal by Dominic Constentino.
Peoria would strike quickly, when, on their first play from scrimmage, Malachi Potee took a handoff and raced 47 yards for a touchdown to give Peoria the lead 35-34.
“Inevitable that we got in a situation, and I am not sure how many plays we had in the second half, but they started and took like six or seven minutes off the clock,” Babb said.
The Sentinels would again use the clock to their advantage, marching 77 yards on 11 plays, ending when Wallace took a quarterback sneak up the middle but fumbled the ball. Michael Van bruwaene saw the ball and jumped on it to give the Sentinels a 41-35 third-quarter lead.
Peoria was held to three offensive plays in the third quarter as Seton Catholic controlled the time, ran 24 plays and held the ball for 11:12 of the quarter.
“The hard thing is we scored, and scored quickly, but when you only run a few plays in the quarter, which we did, it makes it hard on your defense,” Babb said “We needed to score 55 and we scored 49. If you had told me we would score 49 points and lose, I would have called you a liar.”
Christiensen caught seven passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Kenney also caught seven passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Sentinels had 596 total yards (372 passing, 224 rushing) while Peoria totaled 476 total yards in the loss (354 rushing, 122 passing).
“(Wallace) is a special kid and I think he is the most underrated quarterback around,” Chiurco said. “He has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns before tonight and we wouldn’t be here if not for him,”
Van bruwaene rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown and Wallace added 99 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Sentinels.
Potee rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns and Price added 154 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers. Samford connected on six of nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Scott caught four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
“This is a great group of kids and great players and, honestly, what makes it harder is I really thought these kids could make a run in the playoffs,” Babb said.
Peoria finishes the season 9-2 while Seton Catholic (8-3) advances to the quarterfinals to play No. 5 Tucson Sahuaro (9-2) 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Sahuaro High School.

SCORING SUMARY

PEORIA            14    14    07    14    49
SETON CATHOLIC    07    24    10    13    54

First Quarter
P – Kyle Samford 9 pass to Jovon Scott (Aziz Amirudin kick), 10:03
S – Vincent Wallace 2 run (Dominic Constentino kick), 5:37
P – Juwaun Price 6 run (Amirudin kick), 3:36
Second Quarter    
S – Michael Van bruwaene 6 run (Constentino kick), 10:58
S – Wallace 54 pass to Colten Christiensen (Constentino kick), 8:21
P – Samford 82 pass to Scott (Amirudin kick), 7:01
S – Wallace 34 pass to Michael Kenney (Constentino kick), 2:07
P – Price 43 run (Amirudin kick), 1:09
S – Constentino 28 FG, 0:00
Third Quarter
S – Constentino 31 FG, 6:06
P – Malachi Potee 47 run (Amirudin kick), 5:45
S – Van bruwaene fumble recovered in end zone (Wallace pass to Van bruwaene), 0:37
Fourth quarter
P – Potee 15 run (Amirudin kick), 11:53
S – Wallace 15 pass to Kenney (kick blocked), 8:51
P – Price 23 run (Amirudin kick), 7:20
S – Wallace 24 pass to Christiensen (run failed), 0:29

STATS
Passing (cmp-att-int-yards-td) PEORIA – Kyle Samford 6-9-1-122-2. SETON CATHOLIC – Vincent Wallace 22-36-0-372-4/
RUSHING (att-yards-td) – PEORIA – Malachi Potee 15-194-2, Juwaun Price 11-154-3, Cameron Mack 1-11-0, Samford 1-(-5)-0. SETON CATHOLIC – Wallace 20-99-1, Michael Van bruwaene 15-62-1, Keyshon Upchurch 11-56-0, Michael Kenney 1-4-0, Colton Christiensen 1-3-0.
RECEIVEING (rec-yards-td) – PEORIA – Jovon Scott 4-120-2, Cameron Torres 1-2-0, Price 1-0-0. SETON CATHOLIC – Christiensen 7-127-2, Kenney 7-109-2, Jacob Hansell 3-66-0, Van bruwaene 2-50-0, Aiden Kenneally 1-10-0, Joey Laliata 1-8-0, Upchurch 1-2-0.

 

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