The Boys’ Latin-St. Paul’s football game is a historic rivalry that has gone on for many decades. In the last 60 years, St. Paul’s leads this rivalry with 40 wins, leaving Boys’ Latin only with 20. With the arrival of Coach Schell, the current Boys’ Latin varsity football coach, the Lakers have gone 9-6 against St. Paul’s.
Since Coach Schell arrived, he has completely turned the program around. “This game is such a rivalry, teams are so much alike, and the fanfare is amazing. The team is always focused. The alumni is all aware of the game; it’s a big, big game,” Coach Schell explained.
The Lakers offense, led by quarterback Logan Wisnauskas, had a total of 332 yards in only 52 plays. Logan completed 19 of 27 passes with 211 yards, two touchdowns, and another running touchdown. Senior Robbie Gothier caught both touchdowns thrown by Logan.
Sophomore Dajuan Felder and freshman Josh Pugh both had running touchdowns. Braden Atkinson caught seven passes for 79 yards, and Davy Lizana had four catches for 36 yards. Senior Davy Lizana was especially excited for this year’s St. Paul’s football game.
Davy is a former St. Paul’s student who comes from a long heritage of St. Paul’s alumni. His entire family goes or has gone to St. Paul’s including his freshman brother, Nick.
“This game has huge impact for me considering I went to St. Paul’s and know all of those kids on the other team. This game is an in-house rivalry, and this game means so much to me,” Davy concluded about the game.
Defensively, the Lakers had an outstanding game led by Sam Bowen, Andrew Murrow, Charlie Iklé, Shamaur Wilson, Cooper Nalley, and Dez Banks. Sam Bowen had eight tackles, a tackle for a loss, and an interception. Andrew Murrow had six tackles, a half sack, and a tackle for a loss.
Cooper Nalley had six tackles and an interception. Senior Charlie Iklé had a sack. Senior Shamaur Wilson had five tackles and one for a loss. Dez Banks had four tackles and two interceptions.
The Lakers struggled in penalties, having a total of ten penalties for 115 yards. St. Paul’s on the other hand only had two penalties for 25 yards. Although the calls were questionable, the Lakers played an outstanding game and won 38-14.
JP Barbeau, a kickoff specialist, also had a tackle. He is a sophomore who transferred from a school in Kansas. “I didn’t know what to expect; this game showed me that we have unbelievable school spirit. Sean held the flag when two big bullies from St. Paul’s came. He stuck with the flag, showing great school spirit. It means a lot for the whole football team,” JP concluded about the game.
The Boys’ Latin – St. Paul’s football game is a well-attended football game in the Baltimore region. Over two thousand fans were in attendance, and the Lakers prevailed as the better team. This was the final regular season game for both teams, with the Lakers finishing with a record of five and one in conference and the Crusaders zero and six.