3:03 p.m.: Aquinas won the coin toss and will receive to start the game. We should be underway here from the Carrier Dome momentarily as Harrison plays Aquinas for the Class A state championship.
3:05 p.m.: The game is underway with a touchback by Roberto Bruno. Aquinas will start at its 20.
3:06 p.m.: Aquinas opens with a 32 yard run by Mike Messina.
3:09 p.m.: Aquinas faced a fourth and 1 from the 39 and went for it. Duke Alvora and Robbie Mulderrig stopped it. Harrison takes over.
3:11 p.m.: For those asking, there is no website to watch the game. You find links to the audio here.
As for the game, two first down runs for Vinnie Nicita. Harrison is at the Aquinas 30.
3:15 p.m.: Harrison went for it on fourth and 4. Nicita hit Steve Ricciardi on a slant but James Tirella was whistled for a false start. Nicita then threw incomplete on fourth and 9. Aquinas ball at the 34.
3:18 p.m.: After a long reception on third and 7, Alex Acompora chases receiver down (he was the last man to beat) and strips the ball. Mike Callari recovers. Harrison ball, 1st and 10 at its 30.
3:20 p.m.: Three and out for Harrison. Nicita was stopped for no gain on third and 1.
3:22 p.m.: Another long run on first down. Aquinas is back in Harrison territory for the third time.
3:24 p.m.: Timeout Aquinas, which faces a third and 7 from the Harrison 43 with 1:30 to play in the first quarter. Aquinas QB Cory Benedetto has had plenty of time to throw. Harrison will need to generate more pressure. He can throw it.
3:26 p.m.: On third down, Duke Alvora pressured the QB and forced a wobbly throw. The play was ruled a simultaneous catch. Tanner Knox had it at first but Taylor Byrne got his hands on it as well. There was some confusion. Harrison fans were very unhappy about the call. The next play Tim Young ran for 31 yard TOUCHDOWN. Kick was good. Aquinas leads 7-0 with 46 seconds left. Huge swing of momentum.
3:30 p.m.: End of the first quarter, Aquinas leads 7-0. Acompora lost a yard on first down, his first carry of the game. Ricciardi has still yet to touch the ball, so those two need to be more involved.
3:33 p.m.: Three-and-out for Harrison. Acompora ran for -5 on third and 9. Aquinas will take over at its 38.
3:36 p.m.: Big play. Messina runs for 38 yards on third and 2. Acompora tried to strip the ball from him and Messina picked up an extra 15 yards or so on the run. Not good for the Huskies, who have now allowed Aquinas in their territory on all four drives this game.
3:40 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN Aquinas. On fourth and 18, Benedetto hits Chris Bostick for a 24-yard touchdown. Kick is good. 14-0.
3:42 p.m.: Benedetto made an excellent throw to the back-right pylon. Ricciardi was there on defense but stopped running while the ball was in the air. He jumped for it and it sailed just over his hands.
3:45 p.m.: Back to back completions for Nicita gives Harrison a first down at the 39.
3:48 p.m.: Nicita hits Charlie Drago for a first down on third and 6. Nicita has made three great throws today. Art Troilo may have to let the sophomore air it out. I don’t think the Huskies can run successfully on Aquinas.
3:50 p.m.: Nicita just hit Ricciardi for 13 yards to make it third and two. Harrison called a timeout with 2:07 to play in the half. Big play, obviously, upcoming. That was Ricciardi’s first touch of the game.
3:52 p.m.: First down. Knox picks up three yards on third down. Nicita is 4 for 4 for 48 yards on this drive.
3:55 p.m.: Timeout Aquinas with 18 seconds to play in the half. It’s fourth and 4 after Nicita threw his first incomplete pass on this drive. He’s now 6 for 8 for 60 yards. He had completed six straight on this drive alone before the incomplete. Harrison will go for it on fourth down.
3:58 p.m.: False start against the Huskies. Harrison’s Bruno attempted a 34-yard field goal but it was wide left. However, Aquinas was whistled for roughing the kicker. Huge play (potentially). First down Harrison with just 11 seconds to play, ball at the 8.
4:01 p.m.: Pass interference, Aquinas. 1st and goal at the 4 with six seconds to go.
4:02 p.m.: Nicita is intercepted in the end zone by Aquinas’ Jahmahl Pardner. The pass was intended for Drago but was thrown high. Pardner, who is a long 5-foot-11, reached behind his body to reel in a fantastic catch.
Halftime: 14-0 Aquinas. Harrison ball to start second half. Halftime stats to follow.
4:19 p.m.: Halftime stats —
Score: 14-0 Aquinas
1st downs: 8-6 Harrison
Rushing yards: 20 for 49 Harrison; 11 for 140 Aquinas
Passing: 6 for 9 for 61, INT for Harrison; 5 for 9 for 67, TD for Aquinas
Total offense: 29 for 110 for Harrison; 20 for 207 Aquinas
Punts: 2 for 82 for Harrison
Kickoff returns: 1 for 14 for Harrison
Fumbles: 1 for Aquinas (1 lost)
Penalties-yards: 3 for 15 Harrison; 3 for 18 Aquinas
Possession: 16:29-7:31 Harrison
4:23 p.m.: Harrison received the second half kickoff. Acompora is tackled at the 18, which is where Harrison starts 1st and 10.
4:28 p.m.: Good start for the Huskies. Knox just gained 19 yards and Harrison is down to the 28 of Aquinas.
4:30 p.m.: Timeout Aquinas with 7:29 left in the third quarter after Ricciardi picks up eight on his first carry of the game. (Yes, his first carry.)
4:34 p.m.: On third and 3 from the Aquinas 5, Nicita fumbles snap and falls on it at the 7. On fourth down, he threw into triple coverage. The ball was tipped by an Aquinas defender and Acompora made a shoestring catch with his fingertips an inch from the turf in the end zone. TOUCHDOWN Acompora. It’s now 14-7 with 4:46 to play in the third. Harrison is back in it. That drive chewed up all 7:14 of this half. It went 82 yards in 13 plays.
4:39 p.m.: Three-and-out. Another comeback for Harrison? Husky ball at their 39.
4:42 p.m.: Miscommunication between Nicita and Knox on third and 2. They ran into each other and Knox lost his helmet but Nicita picked up the first down.
4:44 p.m.: Strange play. Nicita overthrew Ricciardi deep as he was hit. Ricciardi reacted well to it, seeing the Aquinas player would intercept the ball. He loaded up and hit the defensive back hard. The ball came loose, so it looked like it should be either a fumble or an incomplete pass. However, on the replay you could see the Aquinas player fumbled once he hit the ground, so the INT stood (and should have).
It’s now the end of the third quarter. Aquinas up 14-7. It has 1st and 10 at its 33.
4:48 p.m.: Aquinas back in Harrison territory after another long run for Messina. First down at the Harrison 36.
4:51 p.m.: Jason Falasca tackled Messina at the 19 for no gain on third and four forcing a field goal. Eric Terhaar nailed the 36-yard attempt, so it’s 17-7 Aquinas wiht 8:11 to play in the game.
4:54 p.m.: 19-yard gain for Knox to move the ball to midfield.
4:55 p.m.: Fourth and 5. Harrison will go for it. Timeout Harrison, as the play clock was down to five seconds.
4:58 p.m.: Aquinas’ big Jarron Jones, who has been the best player on the field today, jumped into the neutral zone. First down Huskies.
5:01 p.m.: On fourth and 10, Nicita threw deep for Tirella but the ball was intercepted at the Aquinas 4. Aquinas ball.
5:03 p.m.: Timeout Harrison with 3:47 to play. Third and 12 for Aquinas at the 2. Only one timeout left for the Huskies.
5:07 p.m.: Aquinas punted out of its own end zone. On third down Benedetto went long, had an open man but missed him. Harrison opted not to rush the punt. Husky ball at the Aquinas 38.
5:08 p.m.: Third and 16 from the 44 with 2:44 to play.
5:09 p.m.: Wow! Drago catches a bounce-pass lateral from Nicita. He pretended like it was incomplete and then threw deep. Riccardi made a leaping catch at the 5. Incredible play.
5:12 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN Harrison. Nicita hits Ricciardi for five yards and the score. However, Bruno missed the extra point, so it’s 17-13. Huge miss. There’s just 2:28 remaining. Harrison will have to onside kick with only one timeout.
5:14 p.m.: Aquinas recovers onside kick at its 49. There’s 2:26 left. It’s going to be awfully tough.
5:15 p.m.: Timeout, Harrison. That’s its last. There’s 2:20 to play, 2nd and 9 form midfield.
5:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN Aquinas. With Harrison pressing forward on second and 9, Messina goes 50 yards for the score. It’s now 24-13 with 2:06 to play. Looks like Harrison will come up short.
5:23 p.m.: Harrison gives it to Knox on fourth and 22. He picks up 19. It’s Aquinas ball with 56 seconds remaining.
5:25 p.m.: FINAL — Harrison falls 24-13. Aquinas wins its second state title in four years.