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In just the second year of football, the Saints found their way to the NCISAA Div. I 8-Man Football State Championship but came up short to Arendell Parrott Academy, 40-13. The Saints finish the season with a record of 6-3. The Saints started the game with all the momentum. After APA won the coin toss and elected to receive, the Patriots drove deep into Saints territory before turning the ball over on downs. The ensuing possession for JPII resulted in a 45-yard rushing touchdown by Rion Roseborough (15 carries for 126 yards) and the extra point attempt by Will McMinn was good. JPII stopped the Patriots offense on their second possession and were able to find the endzone again on a 7-yard rushing touchdown by Josiah Thompson (19 carries for 62 yards) to make it 13-0 JPII. However, that would be the end of the scoring for JPII as APA was able to slow down the Saints rushing attack, holding them to just 227 yards on the night. The Patriots scored two touchdowns in the 2nd quarter to make it 13-12 at the half. JPII got the ball to start the 2nd half but punted on 4th down. The Patriots scored 28 in the 2nd half to win the state title....

11/21/2020

Rion Roseborough isn’t built like most high school running backs. “Usually when you have kids that big, they’re usually a lineman," John Paul II head football coach Sean Murphy said. But Saints head coach Sean Murphy saw something special in Rion. “From the first day of practice, we could see he had a lot of athleticism, and we just felt like, ‘Let’s give him a shot at the running back spot,’" Murphy added. His size and deceptive speed have been giving opponents major problems all season long. “He’s a beast coming through there, and he’s only a sophomore," Murphy said. “Once I get through that line, and I truck somebody, make a move or something, I just turn on the jets and go," Roseborough said. Through eight games, Roseborough has found the end zone 15 times. “Without my line I wouldn’t be able to do anything," a humble Roseborough added. He’s compiled more than 800 yards of total offense, while making just as much of an impact on defense at linebacker. “We’re a much better team because of him," Murphy added. On defense, Roseborough has accumulated 46 total tackles, ten tackles for loss and eight sacks. “I’m gritty," said Roseborough. "I like to get dirty. I like to be hit too, but I’m going to hit you back.” Murphy said Roseborough can really play anywhere, but when he gets a chance to cool down on the sideline... “The Skittles," Murphy said with a grin. “I saw Marshawn Lynch do it, so I was like, ‘Shoot. This might work for me,’" Roseborough said when asked why he likes to eat Skittles on the sideline during games. “Rion is a Skittles machine," Murphy added. “I prefer the regular, the regular plain or the purple bag," explained Roseborough. "But it’s whatever my momma brings me. Just not the sour kind.” Size. Speed. Skittles. D-I programs already want a taste of the rainbow. “I’ve already have a couple Division-I schools reach out to me about him," Murphy said. “Don’t sleep on me, because if you sleep, I’m going to wake you up real quick," Roseborough added....

11/17/2020

Sophomore Rion Roseborough led the Saints offense in tonight's 41-12 win over Fayetteville Christian. Roseborough had 4 TDs including one for 54 yards in the 4th quarter. Seniors Ethan Mitchell and Josiah Thompson also scored touchdowns including one for 66 yards from Thompson. The Saints await the winner of the Parrott Academy vs. St. David's game on Monday. If Parrott wins, JPII will host the state championship next Saturday; if St. David's wins, they will host....

11/14/2020

After going 2-5 in the regular season last year, football flips the numbers and goes 5-2 in just their 2nd season after blanking Lawrence Academy 57-0. It was the first shutout for Saints football in a game of firsts. Junior kicker Will McMinn kicked the first extra point in Saints history and had 3 XPs in the game. Freshman Keiveon Moore had the first kickoff return for a touchdown (80 yards). Individually, junior Elijah Eger had his first interception and sophomore Xae Lang (50 yards) and senior Prentis Moore (1 yard) both had their first touchdowns as Saints. The Saints offense was led by Keiveon Moore who, in addition to the kickoff return TD, had 3 rushing TDs of 81, 46, and 60 yards. Rion Roseborough added 2 TDs (49 and 4 yards). Axel Keller, Ethan Mitchell, and Prentis Moore all added 2-point conversions....

11/6/2020

After averaging 443 rushing yards this year, the Saints rushing attack was held to 300 yards and was the story in the team's second loss of the year. Rion Roseborough (20 for 104 yards) and Josiah Thompson (16 for 54 yards) carried the ball the majority of the time in the 1st half; Keiveon Moore (11 for 92 yards) was featured in the second half. Scoring from the Saints came from Rion Roseborough and Ethan Mitchell who each had 2 TDs. Roseborough also had 3 of the 4 two-point conversions for JPII with the other coming on an Ethan Mitchell pass to Joey Koesters. ...

10/30/2020

Competing at the 2A level for the first time, the Saints boys and girls cross country teams learned some valuable lessons and even managed to set a few personal-bests at the state meet on Friday at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte. The men's team finished 21st (570) as Davidson Day (90) took the title. But JPII got personal-best times from freshmen Johnallen King (23:47.9, 120th) and Hayden Danielson (25:51.7, 135th) along with strong showings from sophomores Tyler Moore and Bryan Arvizu, who finished together in 24:19.6 to place 124th and 125th. Both Moore and Arvizu were very close to their best times. And, as usual, sophomore Esteban Escobar led the way for the Saints as he gutted out his first state-level race and finished 66th in 21:03.4. If this team sticks with it, next season could be a very special one. The women's team was down one runner at state, therefore did not post a team score. The seniors led JPII, with Maggie Geiger taking 84th in 26:43.4 and Gabi Kennedy 107th in 30:41.6. Both were close to PRs. Sophomores Jessica Corley (32:33.3, 115th) and Kathryn Kaoud (34:45.3, 118th) also had good days. “This is a fantastic group of kids, every single one of them,” Coach Joe Corley said. “I couldn’t ask for a better nucleus for the continued development of the program. They came to practice every day ready to work. I’m very proud of what they were able to push themselves to do.”...

10/30/2020

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