St. Luke's challenging rebuilding year continued on Saturday with a 28-24 loss to Riverdale Country School (of New York) in a non-conference match of teams with identical 1-2 records.
The Riverdale Falcons struck first in the second quarter when St. Luke's failed to contain a 4th-and-4 situation on its own 21.
A pass into the flat gave Riverdale new set of downs at the 16, and it scored two plays later on dive left for the 7-0 lead.
It took the Storm only two minutes to answer when JB Boggs swept around left end and rumbled 60 years for a touchdown, breaking free on a crushing block from TJ Simpson.Ben Rappaport, whose strong kickoffs kept Riverdale pinned in its own territory all day, converted on the extra point to knot the score at 7-7.
On the Falcons' next position, Ben Lavietes intercepted a Riverdale throwback at midfield and returned it down to the St. Luke's 35. Latorraca then hit Noah Daniel at the 20 who bullied his way to the 10. Boggs registered his second touchdown of the afternoon on a nifty run off the left side giving the Storm a 14-7 advantage going into half time.
The Falcons came out passing in the second half, having failed most of the first half to breach the Storm defensive line of Paul Freeman, Dolan Gregorich and Simpson backed up by linebackers Rappaport, Lavietes, Robert Wood and B.J. Buckle. Pressure from St. Luke's forced incompletions and sacks, and Riverdale punted down to the St Luke's 43.
A series of hard runs by Boggs (helped by a couple of Falcon penalties) got the Storm down to the 15 where the drive stalled and Rappaport connected on a field goal.
On the ensuing possession Riverdale faced at 4th and short at its own 38, successfully went for it and on the renewed set of downs, lofted a bomb down to the St. Luke's 28. Another pass got the Falcons to the four where they blasted in for a touchdown to close to within 17-14.
St. Luke's fumbled the kickoff return, giving Riverdale the ball back at the Storm 24. Three plays later, the Falcons took the lead, 21-17. St. Luke's again fumbled the kickoff return, this time at the 29. A trick play involving a reverse and bomb down to the goal line was broken up by Latorraca, but the Falcons scored four plays later, upping their advantage to 28-17.
St. Luke's answered in the 4th quarter when Latorraca double-pumped, giving Boggs a chance to complete a stop-and-go route to the endzone, where he hauled in a 30-yard toss from Latorraca, ending St. Luke's scoring at 24 points. With a minute and a half left in the game, St. Luke's got the ball on its own 22 and made some progress, but the game ended with a Falcon interception.
St. Luke's looks to get back on track Saturday at home against league powerhouse Kingswood-Oxford School.