The Latin Academy football team knows how to win in style.
Kyle Dance threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Alex Guerrer with no time on the clock and ran in the 2-point conversion to lift Latin Academy to a wild 22-20 win over Madison Park Friday at White Stadium.
It was the second straight improbable win for the Dragons (2-0), who beat South Boston in overtime on Dance’s touchdown run last week. In Friday’s contest, both teams saved their best for last, combining for four touchdowns in the final two minutes.
Madison Park quarterback Traequon Duncan put the Cardinals ahead, 12-8, on a 1-yard run with two minutes left.
The Dragons answered quickly, with Dance capping a 77-yard drive with a 50-yard TD pass to Guerrer on a perfectly run post pattern.
Up, 14-12, with just over a minute to play, the Dragons were stunned again by Duncan. On his only completion of the game, he hit Kalvin Jones with a 63-yard Hail Mary to the 1-yard line. Duncan ran it in on the next play to give the Cardinals a 20-14 lead with 33 seconds to play.
Latin Academy defensive coordinator Anthony Beronazzani likened the game’s final two minutes to those played at home with a remote control.
“It was like a video game,” said Beronazzani. “It was like playing Madden out there.”
But Dance and Guerrer — with a little help from Madison Park — came up huge when it mattered most.
The Dragons drove to the Madison Park 35 with 2.5 seconds left. Madison Park’s two safeties were playing back in the end zone, but Dance had no choice but to throw it high toward Guerrer. The pass was batted down, but so was Guerrer, resulting in a pass interference call. Time expired, but the penalty gave Latin Academy one final play.
The 10-yard penalty was assessed and the Dragons got one last shot from the 25. Dance dropped back, was chased out of the pocket, then hit Guerrer on a slant to the center of the field. Guerrer dived into the end zone with a hand on his shoulder pads. Dance, who finished with 279 passing yards and two touchdowns (he also ran for one) finished the win with a 2-point conversion.
Guerrer hauled in nine catches for 195 yards and two scores. He missed the Southie game with a knee injury but it didn’t prevent him from having a career game Friday.
“It was tough watching on the sideline last week,” said Guerrer. “I’ve never experienced something like this before. To get the winning touchdown was special. Kyle did it last week, so he had to share.”
Senior running back Alex Santiago rushed for 95 yards on 16 carries for Madison Park (0-1).