PARMA, OH - What would the end of the high school football season be without St.Edward and St.Ignatius getting together on its final Saturday.
A huge crowd came early and stayed until the final pass from St. Ignatius quarterback Michael Lamanna fell incomplete as St.Edward beat St.Ignatius 20-13 to capture this years version of "The Holy War". The crowd was estimated at over 12,000 on a chilly and rainy fall night. This years game marked the 50 th meeting of the two private catholic schools who have been playing this game since 1952.
St. Ignatius scored its only touchdown in the first half and led St.Edward 10-6 at halftime. The Wildcats would add a fieldgoal in the second half for a 13-6, but two St.Edward touchdowns in the second half to pull out their first win over their arch rival since 2010 and cap off a perfect 10-0 season. Both teams entered this game 9-0 for the first time in this long standing rivalry. St.Edward used a flea flicker in the 4 th quarter to tie the score at 13-13
The Eagles would get a second Ryan Fallon touchdown pass in the 4 th quarter that provided the Lakewood school with the game winning points. St. Ignatius would mount one last drive, but on 4 th down and 4 from the Ed's 8 yard line, Ignatius quarterback Michael LaManna's pass landed out of bounds and incomplete with 58 seconds left to play, St.Edward would run out the clock for the win.
The series now stands 27-22-1 in favor of St. Ignatius, who finished the season 9-1. Both teams had already clinched playoff spot and entered the game ranked #1 and #2 in the State and in their respective region in division one.
Both teams could meet again for a winner take all in the post season, much like they did last season when St.Ignatius won both games over St.Edward by identical 20-17 scores.