MONARCHS 32, WARRIORS 22
Four different players scored touchdowns, including two from senior Tom Kent, as the McGann-Mercy Monarchs won 32-22 in their Division IV home opener Friday night against Wyandanch.
The Monarchs (3-0) equaled their win total from last season and will head into next weekend’s homecoming with a chance to hit the midway point of the regular season undefeated.
Mercy dominated for the first three quarters, taking a 26-2 lead with 2:13 left in the third on a four-yard run by Kent. But the Warriors made things interesting in the fourth quarter by exploding for 20 points thanks to some great field position and shoddy pass defense from the Monarchs.
After Mercy turned the ball over on a fumble for what would have been the final play before taking a knee, the Warriors nearly added another score to make it a single-digit game before they ran out of time.
Mercy quarterback Asaiah Wilson was 6-for-10 passing for 99 yards. He rushed for one touchdown. Paolo Foscolo scored the Monarchs’ first touchdown with a three-yard run up the middle to cap a 13-play, 70-yard drive to open the game.
The Monarchs ran one gadget play for a touchdown late in the second quarter. Wilson took the snap and threw a lateral screen pass to his left for backup quarterback Michael Frosina, who then threw the ball deep up the left sideline for Christian Reyes. He snagged the ball out of the air and scored a 40-yard touchdown that gave Mercy a 20-2 lead before halftime.
Sophomore Reggie Archer carried most of the load in the running game. While he didn’t reach the end zone, he carried 23 times for 145 yards.