Bishop McDevitt notches thrilling upset over Archbishop Carroll

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By Jeff Griffith

Mike Gaffey will be the first to admit his Bishop McDevitt Crusaders had some unfinished business coming into this season.

Their first goal was to exorcise their district three championship demons of a year ago; McDevitt lost the 2015 title game by just three points to Steel-High.

The Crusaders checked that one off the to-do list, earning this year’s district hardware with a dominant win over Eastern York.

The next order of business was a taller task to say the least.

“Last year, we lost with a lead in the last minute against Neumann-Goretti,” said Gaffey, the Crusaders’ head coach. “This was on our bucket list, to get a Philly team that we knew we could beat in the last minute of the game and win it.”

Instead of getting Neumann-Goretti, the defending state champions, Gaffey’s team was matched up with the Philadelphia Catholic League’s next best AAA squad, the state runners-up of a year ago, the Archbishop Carroll Patriots.

However, despite the change in opponent, McDevitt got exactly what they wanted.

A win.

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