Jonathan Hilliman rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns and Brandon Wimbush threw two touchdowns and rushed for another as #6 St. Peter’s Prep rolled to a 61-23 victory over Paul VI Group 4 Non-Public Quarterfinals in Jersey City. The Marauders will face six-seed Saint Augustine next Friday night with a chance to go to the state finals for the first time since 2009.
Paul VI got off to a great start on offense when Alec Vignola hooked up with Irving Charles from 51-yards to give the Eagle an early 7-0 advantage. Jonathon Hilliman rumbled 70 yards in one play to tie the game for the Marauders at 7.
Paul VI would roll down the field again and get a 21-yard field goal from Gavin Sintak to go back in front 10-7. After a Marauder turnover on downs, Paul VI was driven to the St. Peter’s 47 but Corey Caddle intercepted an Alec Vignola pass and took it to the Eagle 34.
Brandon Wimbush would then throw a beautifully placed deep ball to Minkah Fitzpatrick’s in stride to give the Marauders their first lead 14-10. Then Brandon Wimbush would use his legs to rumble 70 yards to extend the Marauder advantage to 20-10. Alec Vignola would hook up with Lonnie Moore to trim the deficit to 20-17.
As the first half began to close out Brandon Wimbush’s third and goal pass to Minkah Fitzpatrick was caught and the clock looked to have run out with the Caven Point siren sounding. However, Wimbush was heads up got the snap with a tenth of a second left chucked it up in the middle of the endzone and Fitzpatrick came down with it to give Prep a 26-17 halftime lead.
Jonathon Hilliman would make sure the Marauders took the final winds out of Paul VI’s sails with a 75- yard kickoff return to extend the lead to 33-17. Jonathon Hilliman finished with 15 carries for 220 yards and 3 scores on the evening.
Brandon Wimbush went 5 for 11 for 95 passing yards 2 touchdowns and added 94 yards rushing and a touchdown. Minkah Fitzpatick had 3 receptions for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a score on four carries. Said Boykin also had a rushing touchdown for the Marauders.
Saint Peter’s Prep again stands one win away from their first state finals appearance since 2009. St. Augustine will provide a stiff challenge with running back Lamont Harris who rushed for 331 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 45-28 quarterfinal win over St. Joseph’s Metuchen.