Jake Gilbert, Xaverian stave off St. Johns Prep in thrilling finish

Jake Gilbert, Xaverian stave off St. Johns Prep in thrilling finish ...

After a Stephon Patrick touchdown with 47 seconds left, the classic Catholic Conference rivalry remains to be determined. After the final two minutes and the final goal, director Brian St. Pierre returned to the field to try and win the match.

As a result, the Hawks earned a 36-35 victory for the Hawks, when junior Matt DeFeo acted as the biggest play of the season for Xaverian, tying the ax on the quarterback Jack Perry in the backfield and forcing the fumble to complete the game.

Matt is a fantastic player, he's 100 percenter, and he'll put out a great deal when it's not a good thing, said Al Fornaro, for me that great thing is not he's only a junior.

Prep, who sunk 14 in the fourth quarter, showed excellent hardness to defend the game and put themselves in position to win the game, scoring two touchdowns in the final 11 minutes.

With one touchdown, Jack Perry threw for 328 yards and three passing touchdowns.

Jake Gilbert finished with a passing touchdown and four rushing touchdowns.

Gilbert was the best played of the day, where a game-winning touchdown led to a 34 yard scamper making Xaverian 36-22 ahead in the third quarter.

While their state championship was not successful since 2015, the Hawks became the next biggest game for the Hawks: defeating their rivals in a Thanksgiving classic that will be remembered in years to come.

Emotion always plays a huge part in this game, said Fornaro, You cant get too emotional because things can go a little goofy but they could keep in themselves and play with great passion.

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