Crusaders rally past Cardinal Hayes to win Catholic State Championship


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Canisius football team erased a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and converted a 2-point conversion with no time on the clock to rally and and beat Cardinal Hayes in the 2019 Catholic State Championship, 25-24.

The Crusaders’ victory marks the third time they’ve won the state title. They also raised a trophy in 2014 and 2016.

Trailing 24-17 in the final seconds of action, Tyler Baker connected with Nikolas McMillan in the endzone to pull within 24-23 of the Cardinals.

Rather than settle for the tie and head to overtime, senior Christian Ozolins powered his way in for the game-winning two-point conversion.

Canisius ends the season with a 7-5 overall record.

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