The Canisius varsity football team defeated St. Joe's 34-28 in a thrilling comeback win for their tenth straight victory in the rivalry. The game started with a quick drive for the Crusaders. Christian Veilleux '20 faked the handoff and ran through the Marauder secondary for a 46-yard touchdown. Then the Crusader defense bent but didn't break with a fourth down stop in the red zone.
In the second quarter with the 7-0 lead, Canisius drove down the field again. Joel Nicholas '19 juked around defenders to cap off the drive with a 21-yard rushing touchdown. The Marauders scored a touchdown, but the Crusaders answered them with another quality drive. Veilleux threw an 18-yard touchdown pass on a fade to Jason Martin '19 to end the half with a 20-7 lead.
To start the third, Joe's scored a touchdown to make it 20-14. When the Crusaders got the ball, they responded with a Veilleux 8-yard connection to J.T. Boyland '19 for the two-score lead. The defense let up another touchdown to end the quarter with a 26-21 lead.
The Marauders got the ball back early in the fourth. They drove down the field, scored a touchdown, and took the 28-26 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Crusaders tried to have another successful drive, but they were stopped in the red zone. Tristian Vandenberg '19, their injured kicker, came on for the field goal. It was blocked, but he caught it in the air and threw it to a lineman who ran into the end zone. However, the play got called back for illegal touching due to the ineligible receiver. Joe's got the ball back and moved into Crusader territory with a big pass. On third down, they ran for eight yards for fourth-and-short. In the tense situation, the Blue Crew was on their feet leading chants. The running back took the handoff and was stopped by a wall of defenders one yard short of the first down. Just over two minutes remained.
Veilleux took the ball and started driving. On third and long, he threw to Joe Jamison '19 on a 23-yard crossing route for a first down. After this huge conversion, the offense ate up the Marauder defense. Multiple sideline passes and a Veilleux scramble brought them to first down inside the red zone with fifteen seconds on the clock. Veilleux took the snap, rolled left, and threw an improvised fade to Jason Martin '19. Martin jumped over a Joe's defensive back to catch the perfectly-placed ball for a touchdown. The Blue Crew went wild as the Crusaders took the 34-28 lead. The Marauders' failed hail mary ended the game to complete the insane comeback for Canisius.
Veilleux threw for 205 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Martin caught four balls for 62 yards and two touchdowns.