For the third straight year, the Bishop’s Cup is staying with the St. Bernard’s football team.
The Bernardians took care of business Wednesday evening against St. Paul, erasing an early deficit to roll to a 32-6 victory at the Bernardian Bowl.
It’s the third straight win for St. Bernard’s over the Knights and the team’s third straight win to close the 2023 season at 4-7.
Keegan Rose earned the game’s MVP, carrying the ball 11 times for 137 yards and a pair of scores. The senior back was part of a two-headed monster in the backfield with Jarius Williams, who tallied 179 yards on eight carries, including a pair of touchdowns.
Trailing 6-0 after one, Williams pulled the Bernardians even in the second quarter on a 10-yard TD run. Rose’s two-point run put the hosts ahead and they never looked back.
Rose scored the first of his two touchdowns after halftime, finding the end zone on a 15-yard run before again adding the two-point conversion. He also added a 6-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter with Williams converting for two on the run.
Williams had the longest scoring run of the night, reaching pay dirt on an 80-yard jaunt in the third quarter. Quarterback Salvi Bilotta added the two-point run after Williams’ second touchdown.
St. Bernard’s Ryan Leedburg picked up the Lineman of the Game award after leading a strong effort up front from the Bernardians.
Littleton 35, Ayer-Shirley 18: James Gauntlett scored on a 50-yard run and connected with Bobby Manchester on a TD pass during Thursday’s game for Ayer-Shirley, which finishes the season 2-8.
North Middlesex 28, Manchester Essex 8: The road win on Thanksgiving give the Patriots a final record of 8-3. It was North Middlesex’s first game on Thanksgiving Day in eight years.
Oakmont 40, Lunenburg 7: The Spartans won on the road Wednesday night to earn their third straight victory and close the season at 6-5, while the loss ends the campaign for the Blue Knights at 4-7.