Canterbury drove to the St. John 7-yard line, then punched it in for the go-ahead touchdown with less than 30 seconds remaining, but the play was called back on a holding call. The penalty backed Canterbury up to the 17, where had a running player of another 8 yards, but the play was again called back for lining up in the neutral zone.
On fourth and goal from the 20, Canterbury attempted a 35-yard field goal, but a bad snap negated the kick. Jake Holsinger, the holder, scrambled and tried to connect with a DeSean Thomas in the end zone, but the pass was incomplete.
Canterbury had another huge night from junior Brent O’Neal, who finished with 14 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
“We lost the game, but I think we learned a lot about ourselves tonight,” coach Steve Dudley said. “We wore down at the end and I think the fatigue contributed to some of the mental errors near the end. I’m still really proud of our players and how they keep fighting.
“We finished with only 14 or 15 healthy bodies which makes it a challenge.”