Kyle Angus wagged a finger toward the scoreboard. Without the St. Anthony’s offensive line, he said, the final score wouldn’t have been possible.
Those offensive linemen — Konall Keane, Justin Williford, Gavin Miller, Mike Marrone and Chris Wright — paved the way for Angus to ravage the Cardinal Hayes defense.
Angus had five carries for 68 yards and three touchdowns, as well as three catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns, leading St. Anthony’s to a 56-32 win over Hayes in the CHSFL on Friday night.
The standing-room-only homecoming crowd roared as Angus left defenders in his wake. He set the tone with a 62-yard catch-and-run off a swing pass for the game’s first score.
“The swing play, that’s a run for us,” coach Rich Reichert said. “He just has a unique way of just getting his foot in the ground and going north-south.”
Later in the quarter, Angus took a jet-sweep 7 yards for a score and a 14-7 lead. He wasn’t close to done.
The 6-1 speedster took the second play of the third quarter — another swing pass — 47 yards for a touchdown and a 42-14 lead. His first touch of the next drive was a block-splitting 51-yard touchdown run. He added a 1-yard TD run for a 56-26 lead.
In the second quarter, two fourth-down stops in the red zone and Grant Gifford’s fumble recovery to halt a drive with under a minute left allowed the Friars to take a commanding lead.
Quarterback Greg Campisi benefited from the offensive line play, too. With extra time in the pocket, he picked apart the Hayes secondary.
After Gifford’s fumble recovery with 19.8 seconds left before halftime, Campisi, working with two timeouts, found Daniel Parker for 9 yards and Jaden Jernigan for 12 yards, leaving the Friars (5-1) with 5.2 seconds remaining.
Campisi took the ensuing snap under shotgun and heaved a Hail Mary into a crowd. Jernigan jumped above the rest and emerged for a 33-yard touchdown and a 35-14 lead.
The senior quarterback was 14-for-22 passing for 308 yards and four touchdowns.
Said Angus: “[The offensive linemen] did their job, and when they do their job, that’s what happens.”