Max Kinder knew the outcome once the pass left his hand. Trailing Mount St. Michael, Fordham Prep was down to its final play when he saw Michael Seminario open on the right sideline just outside the end zone.
Seminario, who wasn’t the primary target on the play, plucked it out of air and scampered in for a 21-yard game-winning score with 31 seconds left in the game. It was Kinder’s third touchdown pass to Seminario as the Rams rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Mount St. Michael, 41-40, in a CHSFL AAA game at Coffey Field Saturday afternoon.
“It seemed like every play I was telling Kinder, giving him the hint, ‘I’m open. I’m open. Just keep an eye on it,’” Seminario said.
Kinder didn’t miss him often. The junior, who replaced senior Brendan McGlynn under center in the fourth quarter of Week 2, completed his first eight passes to start the game and was 14-of-20 for a career-high 328 yards. Seminario, who also had a 24-yard grab to start the final drive, had eight catches for a career-high 211 yards for Fordham Prep (4-3, 4-2 CHSFL AAA)
“Sometimes you can’t miss somebody that is that wide open,” Kinder said.
Bruce Grant rushed for 147 yards and 22 carries and scored three times. It was Fordham’s second straight win in the final seconds. Last week it needed a goal line stand to seal a victory against Farrell. It is also the Rams’ third straight win and its fourth win in the last five games.
Mount St. Michael (1-5, 1-5) took a 40-28 lead with 11:01 left in the game. Eddie Cox scored his second touchdown on a pitch from 5-yards out and recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, setting up a 4-yard touchdown run by Gary Acquah. The senior ran for 122 yards on 17 carries and Amaker completed 3-of-4 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball seven times for 68 yards and a touchdown.
The Mountaineers couldn’t get the stop or the first down it needed to seal the win. Grant bounced a run to the outside and took it 69 yards for a score after the Acquah touchdown. On the ensuing possession, Mount coach Mario Valentini chose to fake the punt on fourth-and-short from Fordham Prep 42-yard line, but Acquah was stopped with 1:31 left in the game, giving the Rams a chance to win it. The victory all but locks up a spot in the AAA playoffs for Fordham Prep.
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