No. 35 DePaul Catholic upset in New Jersey Non-Public Group 3 Semifinals

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What started as a magical season for DePaul Catholic, ended Saturday night with the Spartans losing for the third time in their last four games. Mater Dei upset DePaul, ranked No. 35 in the latest High School Football America 100 national rankings, 28-23 in the New Jersey Non-Public Group 3 state semifinals.

Mater Dei (10-1) won it on a 29-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Robert McCoy to junior receiver Clarence Lewis with 41 seconds left.

DePaul had a chance to win it on the final play of the game, but Tahaj Parland batted away a pass in the end zone to send the defending champs home for the season.

Mater Dei will now play Red Bank Catholic for the Non-Public Group 3 title.

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