to Tyrone Washington
with 1:15 left to play capped off a wild finish and gave Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.)
a 37-34 victory over Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)
in the non-public Group IV section final.
Washington's touchdown pass helped Paramus Catholic regain the lead after Bergen Catholic's touchdown with 1:39 remaining
, which gave the Crusaders a temporary 34-29 lead.
The game was tied 21-21 heading into the fourth after an evenly-matched first three quarters.
A Johnny Sebastian
touchdown run gave Bergen Catholic a 28-21 lead with less than seven minutes left.
coach Chris Partridge's squad responded with a 27-yard touchdown run
from Keyon Washington
to make it 28-27. In a bold decision, Partridge opted to go for it, and
the Paladins converted to make it 29-28 with 3:15 remaining.
Bergen Catholic answered with a Jonathan Germano
touchdown run, but failed on its two-point conversion attempt.
That set up Tyrone Washington's heroics which delivered Paramus Catholic its first state title since 1997.
Star junior Jabrill Peppers
rushed for two touchdowns in the win. The transfer from Don Bosco Prep
is one of the nation's most coveted recruits in the class of 2014.
Paramus Catholic figures to be very strong next fall, as Shenley, Peppers and both Washingtons return next year.