St. Clement made sure Marian would not spoil its playoff hopes, beating the visiting Mustangs, 41-6, as the Anchormen clinched the Catholic Central Small league championship and a top seed for the postseason.
The title, which the Anchormen (5-1, 4-1) will share with Cathedral because of identical league records, marks the first time the school has topped a league since 1987, when they won the Catholic Suburban league.
“It feels incredible [to finally win the league],” said St. Clement coach Colin Walsh, who is the longest tenured coach in the league, having spent 11 seasons at the helm. “It’s great to have such a great coaching staff and guys who work hard every day as players to make it possible. It makes my job a little easier when I’m surrounded by good people.”
Walsh’s team has a few stars that came over from Pope John, including quarterback Mike Sullivan and crafty wide receiver Khaniel Bruce (10 TD receptions), both team captains and both among the best in Division 6.
Sullivan, a four-year starter, hurled his division-leading 18th and 19th touchdown passes of the season to Junior Oyaronbi in the win. The first on a 33-yard strike in the second quarter and another 13-yard hit midway through the third quarter.
The Anchormen also got scoring plays from Brandon Williams, who scored on TD runs of 15 and 12 yards. Deron Hines added a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Casey Baptiste added the final score with a 14-yard rush in the third quarter. The Mustangs’ only score came on a 10-yard pitch and catch from Andrew Sharkey to Brendan Walsh.
Wellesley 36, Milton 14 — John Fadule threw three touchdown passes and ran for two and the Raiders improved to 4-3. Fadule went 8 of 13 for 210 yards passing and ran for 104 yards.
Cardinal Spellman 40, Austin Prep 6 — Rory Donovan scored three touchdowns and the visiting Cardinals improved to 6-1.
Northeast 34, Greater Lawrence 14 — Kevin Rosado ran for 130 yards and Christian Perez had 110 and the visiting Golden Knights head into pairings Sunday with a 7-0 mark.
North Shore 55, Mystic Valley 14 — Ian LeFavour ran for a touchdown and two PATs and passed for another TD. Ross Murphy ran for 196 yards on 17 carries.
Dexter 34, Portsmouth Abbey 14 — Mahlon Hanifin had 10 carries for 96 yards and one touchdown for Dexter (6-0).
Sharon 27, Milford 0 — Evantz Elisma caught a touchdown, ran for a second, and returned a kick for a third.
Bristol-Plymouth 14, Tri-County 0 — The Craftsmen (6-1) got touchdown runs from Elijah Jones and Colin McGrath and the defense held the Cougars (0-7) scoreless.
Beverly 61, Swampscott 25 — Isaiah White tallied 205 yards and three TDs on just 11 carries for the Panthers (4-3).
Danvers 39, Winthrop 27 — Alex Valles ran for two touchdowns for the visiting Falcons.
The story about Natick’s 56-55 win over Walpole Friday night incorrectly stated that Redhawks quarterback Troy Flutie had accounted for seven touchdowns. Flutie had eight, five passing and three rushing.