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High School Football: Lausch tosses 4 TDs, Crusaders top Caravan in wild Blue battle

By Steve Millar
Correspondent

Brother Rice quarterback Jack Lausch watched from the sidelines as Mount Carmel put together an improbable comeback in the final four minutes to tie Friday night’s game.

Lausch, a senior who has committed to play football and baseball at Notre Dame, was eager to respond.

“You’ve got to be ready,” he said. “You have to be ready to score again. You have to be ready to go out and take the game. You have to assume you’re going to have your turn to go win the game and then you just go and do it.”

Lausch and the Crusaders went and did it. On the next play from scrimmage following the Caravan’s tying score, Lausch hit senior receiver Danny White for a 65-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left to lift Rice to a thrilling 43-36 win over host Mount Carmel in CCL-ESCC Blue game.

“I just scrambled and saw him downfield,” Lausch said. “He did an awesome job beating his guy.

“We’re very good friends. We’re super close. I’m really proud of the way he’s developed and how great of a player he’s become.”

White said the game-winning play for the Crusaders (5-1, 1-1) was fueled by a connection between he and Lausch that goes back many years. The pair played together in grade school at St. Barnabas.

“We’ve got the best quarterback in the state,” White said. “His leadership really helps us. We have a great O-line. We just came together. We knew we were going to do it.”

White caught two of Lausch’s four touchdown passes, including a 12-yarder in the second quarter. Lausch completed 20 of 27 passes for 288 yards and also threw touchdowns of 2 yards to Henry Boyer and 30 yards to Da’Kobie Wordlaw.

Brother Rice seemed to be in firm control after a huge momentum swing in the fourth quarter.

Down 29-21, the Caravan (4-2, 1-1) drove down to the Crusaders’ 9-yard line. On fourth-and-goal from the 11, Blainey Dowling connected on a pass with Enzo De Rosa, who was met by several defenders just shy of the goal line and stopped inside the 1-yard line, resulting in a turnover on downs.

Brother Rice then embarked on a 99-yard drive.

Lausch broke off a 43-yard run and connected on a 20-yard pass to Aaron Vaughn to set up Tommy Bennett’s 1-yard touchdown run that made it 36-21 with just 4:20 to go.

Vaughn ran for 116 yards on 22 carries and added 56 yards on three catches.

Mount Carmel, though, fought back.

Damarion Arrington ran for a 1-yard touchdown to pull the Caravan within 36-28 with 3:41 to go.

Mount Carmel’s Joey Thompson then recovered the ensuing onside kick, setting up more Arrington heroics.

Arrington ran for a 15-yard touchdown then ran in the two-point conversion to tie it at 36-36 with 1:08 to go.

Arrington ran for 90 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries and caught four passes for 54 yards and a TD. Dowling finished 18 of 30 passing for 209 yards.

“Our kids fought until the very end and that’s the positive we can take away,” Mount Carmel coach Jordan Lynch said. “After getting shut out last week (27-0 by St. Ignatius), we were able to move the ball the way we wanted to and put up points. You have to give credit to Jack Lausch. He’s a heck of a player.”

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