Staff | September 13, 2013

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Valley Forge Patriots captured a 36-33 over Holy Name in a hard-fought battle Friday that featured fierce fourth-quarter action.

Entering the final quarter, the two squads stood tied at 14. Holy Name’s Dean Supelak broke the ice, hauling in a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Messina. The extra point was no good, making the score 20-14. Valley Forge responded with a touchdown drive of its own, capped off on a five-yard run by Richard Worship. The Patriots claimed a narrow 21-20 after the ensuing extra point sailed through the uprights.

The Green Wave soon regained the lead, as Messina threw another touchdown pass, this time to Trey Smith. Holy Name gambled on a two-point conversion, but the pass fell incomplete, keeping the score at 26-21. The back-and-forth action continued, as Worship again scored on the ground, this time from 14 yards out. The Patriots decided to follow Holy Name’s lead and go for two, and converted, granting Valley Forge a three-point lead.

Holy Name was not yet finished, as Messina tossed his third touchdown pass of the quarter, a seven-yard strike to Shahkif Seymour. The following extra point was good, making the score 33-29.

But Valley Forge would not be denied on its home turf. Bradley Brodek completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brian Berry, sealing a 36-33 win over its crosstown foes. The Patriots advanced to 2-1 on the year with the victory, while Holy Name dropped to 1-2.