Jayce Johnson connected with Zeke Margaritis for the game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds left, lifting Canisius past Cardinal Hayes 50-44 Sunday in the New York State Catholic Championship.
Cardinal Hayes 44
Your Crusaders are STATE CHAMPIONS!!#preptalklive
— Canisius HS Football (@CanisiusHSFB) December 4, 2016
The title is the Crusaders second in three years. They also won the state championship in 2014.
Trailing 44-42 with 17 second remaining and with Canisius lining up for the potential game-winning field goal on 4th and five, Hayes jumped offside giving the Crusaders a new set of downs.
On the first play of their new series, Johnson and Margaritis hooked up from 17-yards out to put Canisius out front.
The Crusaders end the season with a 10-2 overall record.