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Pierce fires four touchdown passes in Brother Martin win over Tigers

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  • October 16, 2016 - 5:01pm

Photos by Mike TrummelHoly Cross quarterback Chandler Fields's scoring pass in the closing seconds was the only touchdown for the Tigers in their 42-10 loss.

Brother Martin running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling failed to top 100 yards rushing for the first time this season but Crusaders quarterback John-Paul Pierce was more than able to pick up the slack.

Pierce passed for 179 yards and four touchdowns to help pace Brother Martin past Holy Cross 42-10 in Catholic League action Friday night at Zephyr Field.

Jordan-Swilling rushed for 66 yards, with only one carry in the second half, and came up a bit short in his quest toward reaching the 1,000-yard mark. The Brother Martin running back went into the game needing 120 yards to reach the milestone.

Pierce hit Pat Hughes with a 4-yard touchdown pass with less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter to give the Crusaders a 7-0 lead.

Jordan-Swilling followed the first of his two rushing touchdowns, scoring on a 2-yard run with less than a minute remaining in the opening quarter for a 14-0 Brother Martin advantage.

Holy Cross (2-5 overall, 1-3 in District 9-5A) mounted a drive in the second quarter, advancing 71 yards but eventually had to settle on a 22-yard Nolan Heitmeier field goal to make it 14-3.

The Crusaders (4-3 overall, 1-2 in district) began to distance themselves with two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the first half.

Jordan-Swilling’s second touchdown run, this one from 23 yards out, extended the Brother Martin lead to 21-3.

A 55-yard pass from Pierce to Jeremy Singleton with 2:26 left before halftime gave the Crusaders a 28-3 lead at the break.

Singleton and Pierce hooked up again early in the third quarter as 44-yard strike extended Brother Martin’s lead to 35-3.

Brother Martin closed out its scoring later in the third quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Pierce to Erick Lassair.

The Tigers’ only touchdown came with 10 seconds left in the contest on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Fields to Landen Bates for the 42-10 final.

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