St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Saints pounce on Potomac Panthers

St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Saints pounce on Potomac Panthers
Bernard Joseph (File Photo)

The St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Saints unexpected rise to dominance continued Saturday with the squad’s 26-7 victory over the Potomac School.

Despite the final score, the Saints trailed through much of the matchup. Though they scored first on a 31-yard pass from quarterback Ish Seisay to wide receiver Sam Gallahan, the extra point kick went wide.

The Panthers (1-2, 0-0 in conference) responded soon after — quarterback Kevin Havermann hit wide receiver Johnny Read for a 29-yard touchdown pass — and did not make the same mistake. Potomac’s 7-6 lead held steady as each squad’s defense dominated.

But after two scoreless quarters, Seisay broke through the Panthers defense with a four-yard dash into the end zone. The St. Stephen’s squad went for a two-point conversion to extend their lead, but the passing play crashed and burned.

Holding onto the six-point lead, the Saints turned — and not for the first time this season — to running back Darius Manora. The senior, already enjoying a breakout year, punched in a two-yard touchdown run.

He followed that score with an 11-yard touchdown run minutes later to cap off the Saints’ 20-point fourth-quarter performance and secure the victory. The pair of touchdown runs brings the running back’s season total to eight, though five were earned in a rout of backyard rival Bishop Ireton earlier this month.

Though the Saints have yet to play a conference game, they are 4-0 on the season. This year, the second under head coach Bernard Joseph, is a far cry from the Saints previous two seasons, which saw the team go 1-8 in both campaigns.

They face a tough challenge Saturday with a matchup against Paul VI Catholic (3-1, 0-0 in conference). The Panthers are coming off a 39-14 loss to Woodberry Forest and looking for revenge.