Dasarte Yarnway took a toss 13 yards down the left sideline and into the end zone with 1 minute, 26 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, giving the Sacred Heart Cathedral football team an 18-12 win over Santa Cruz in its season opener.
The carry capped off a 27-carry, 181-yard day for the junior, as the Irish overcame three second-half turnovers to best the Cardinals in front of a large crowd of fans who made the drive down from The City.
“I told them at halftime that a lot of their friends and family came down to watch them,” Sacred Heart coach John Lee said. “And they wanted to make that long drive back happy.”
The Irish led 6-0 after the second quarter and seemed poised to take control after the intermission. Sacred Heart outgained Santa Cruz 190-35 in the first half.
But Cardinals quarterback Gino DeLucci found Max Myers on a deflected pass on fourth down early in the third quarter to tie it 6-6 and it was back-and-forth from that point forward.
Sacred Heart scored on a 25-yard quarterback sneak by Matt Loftus (13 carries, 71 yards) at the 10:47 mark of the fourth quarter to take a 12-6 lead, but Santa Cruz answered with 4:53 remaining on Raymond Cramer’s 2-yard dive.
The Irish took the ball over at their own 38 and needed eight plays and 3:17 on their way to the go-ahead score. Santa Cruz advanced the ball to the Irish 43, but pressured DeLucci into an incompletion on fourth down with 46 seconds remaining to ice it.
Sacred Heart Cathedral 18,
Santa Cruz 12
Sacred Heart Cathedral 0 6 0 12 — 18
Santa Cruz 0 0 6 6 — 12
SHC—Dasarte Yarnway 32 run (kick failed), 8:46
SC—Max Myers 31 pass from Gino DeLucci (kick failed), 7:46
SHC—Matt Loftus 25 run (kick failed), 10:47
SC—Raymond Cramer 2 run (kick failed), 4:53
SHC—Yarnway 13 run (kick failed), 1:26
RUSHING—Sacred Heart Cathedral: Dasarte Yarnway 27-181, Matt Loftus 13-71, Spencer Cameron 7-57. Santa Cruz: Alvaro Flores 10-63, Raymond Cramer 10-32, Zeke Sanders 4-25, Davis DeLeon 2-10, Jamie Tashnick 2-3, Gino DeLucci 4-0.
PASSING: Sacred Heart Cathedral: Loftus 4-13-1-38. Santa Cruz: DeLucci 6-19-1-87.
RECEIVING: Sacred Heart Cathedral: Kenny Cavness 3-26, Joey Williams 1-12. Santa Cruz: Max Myers 1-31, Edgar Oliva 2-26, Quinn Garner 1-4.