Brown, Morgenstern lead Storm to resilient victory
Published 12:40 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2015
NEW CANAAN — Down eight points with just over four minutes to play, St. Luke’s turned to running back Justin Brown, just as it had all day.
Brown rewarded coach Noel Thomas’ faith with a 64-yard touchdown run, ultimately tying the game that the Storm would go on to win 41-35 over St. Anthony’s (NJ).
Brown paced St. Luke’s in a game that it lead 13-6 at halftime but quickly turned into a shootout in the fourth quarter.
Down 27-13, St. Anthony’s rattled off three scores in four minutes, highlighted by Jahlil Reynolds who recovered a fumble and rumbled 20 yards for a score and three minutes later added a 69 yard run on a jet-sweep.
“I’m very proud of how they performed,” Friars coach Matt Gallo said. “The word that describes this game the best, and it goes for both teams, is resiliency. There were times in this game where both teams were on their back and both came back hard and that’s a testament to the both coaching staffs and players.”
With just over a minute left, Morgenstern made a catch and run that looked like the go ahead score, but was overturned due to a block-in-the-back penalty. On the very next play, Morgenstern busted around left end and went 25 yards to put his team on top 41-35, where the score would finish.
“He’s another one who’s a Division 1-caliber player and he’s starting to play a little angry which we like,” Thomas said. “We don’t like the penalties (Morgenstern committed four penalties in the contest), but we’ll work on that and clean it up, I preach being tough gentleman and normally we’re that way but football’s an emotional game and they’re young men.”
Morgenstern added an interception, a game-tying two-point conversion catch and a reception that put the Storm on the 1-yard line, where he finished with a rushing touchdown on the next play.
After St. Anthony’s fourth-quarter outburst, Thomas gathered his players together and told them there was no way they were losing the game, whatever it took. From there the Storm went on to score 14 unanswered to secure the victory.
“We got a little complacent and St. Anthony’s came back, hats off to them they played a great game and took advantage of their opportunities,” Thomas said. “It was a great win, I just wish it wasn’t so dramatic.”
ST. LUKE’S 41,
ST. ANTHONY’S (NJ) 35
ST. LUKE’S13 0 7 21—41
ST. ANTHONY’S 0 6 7 22—35
Records: St. Luke’s (1-0); St. Anthony’s (0-1)
STL—BJ Buckle 2 yd run (PAT no-good)
STL—Justin Brown 16 run (Jacob Dobbin kick)
STA—Isiah Williams 6 run (2pt failed)
STA—Kahlil Vans 1 run (Tahjee McBride kick)
STL—Brown 49 run (Dobbin kick)
STL—Jacob Morgenstern 1 run (Dobbin kick)
STA—Torrance Williams 30 pass Jamir Carson (McBride kick)
STA—Jahlil Reynolds 20 fumble return (McBride kick)
STA—Reynolds 69 run (Vans two-point conversion)
STL—Brown 64 run (Morgenstern two-point conversion)
STL—Morgenstern 25 run (PAT no-good)