SOMERVILLE — St. Clement is just one win from Gillette Stadium and a shot at its first Super Bowl after dispatching Latin Academy, 21-14, at Dilboy Stadium Saturday night in the Division 6 North final.
St. Clement will face Cohasset Saturday at Brockton with a Super Bowl berth on the line.
The Anchormen (8-1) used a sound offensive approach, mixing runs and passes to control the tempo throughout. They left themselves room to come up with the victory despite not playing their best.
Senior quarterback Michael Sullivan had a hand in all three St. Clement scores, with two touchdown passes and a fourth-quarter 24-yard rushing score to seal the game with 3:20 left.
His touchdown passes were thrown to Khaneil Bruce, who scored on an 8-yard slant in the first quarter, and to Junior Oyaronbi, on a 40-yarder in the second quarter. Sullivan finished with 127 passing yards and 29 rushing yards on eight carries.
Just three plays before Sullivan’s second TD pass, Latin Academy quarterback Kyle Dance connected with DeVaughn Riley from 39 yards to give the Dragons their first points.
After a scoreless third quarter, St. Clement’s Brandon Williams blocked a punt that sailed into the end zone for a safety, giving the Anchormen a 15-6 lead with 6:57 to play.
With not much time left, LA had to rely on its defense to make a play and senior Chinedu Igbokwe did just that. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Igbokwe stripped Williams, recovered the fumble, and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown to trim the deficit to 1 point.
It was St. Clement’s balanced attack, spearheaded by tough-running senior Deron Hines, that aided in Sullivan’s game-sealing touchdown rush. Hines finished with 134 yards on 25 carries.
“We worked hard for this opportunity and each year we built more and more chemistry as a team and that’s how we did this,” Hines said.