Orchard Park, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Canisius high school football team will once again play for a state title.
The Crusaders beat St. Joe's 22-14 Saturday afternoon at New Era Field in the Monsignor Martin Finals. It's their 5th Monsignor Martin title in the last six seasons.
"The love that everybody has for each other, especially like I said, we've all been playing together since we were freshman and everybody just loves each other and so much that we just don't want to let each other down," said Jayce Johnson. "We had a couple falls this year but it all comes out on top at the end."
It was the Crusaders' 9th straight win over the Marauders and the second time this season. Canisius beat St. Joe's earlier this season by a score of 55-16.
"Any time you get in the Championship against your rival school they are going to throw everything at you so a lot of credit to Joe's," said head coach Rich Robbins. "They played their tails off today but we're really glad to get the win."
The Crusaders are now 8-3 on the year.
Next up is the New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association championship game on November 25th. The Crusaders will host Archbishop Stepinac at 12pm at the Stransky Memorial Complex in West Seneca.
The Crusaders won the state title last year after beating Cardinal Hayes 50-44.