Salesianum held off a late St. Mark's rally, defeating the Spartans 20-14 to advance to the DIAA Division I State Football Championship.
Sallies will now take on Middletown, who downed Caesar Rodney, next week for the State crown.
After a scoreless first stanza, Salesianum would strike first. QB Matt Sgro found tight end Brian O'Neill for a 9-yard score to put Sallies up 7-0 early in the second quarter.
The Sallies defense picked up where they left off last time against the Spartans, holding their offense scoreless through the first three quarters.
The Salesianum offense would take over in the third, finding the end zone twice.
After a methodical drive, Troy Reeder ran up the middle 12-yards virtually untouched for the score to make it 14-0 Salesianum.
On St. Mark's following possession, QB Zach Whitehead was picked off by senior Jesse June who returned it 70-yard for the score. The extra point was blocked by St. Mark's, something that would come into play later in the game.
With just 8 minutes left in the final stanza, down 20-0, the Spartans offense finally found the end zone.
Ed Mendez capped off a long drive with a 1-yard score to make it 20-7.
The Spartans would successfully recover an on-sides kick, giving them the ball trailing by 13.
QB Zach Whitehead and the St. Mark's offense went right back to work. After a few plays gave the Spartans some minimal gains, the Spartans received a first down after a pass interference call.
Next, Whitehead ran a draw after a fake to the nearside running the ball 18-yards for the score.
The Spartans defense would force a 3-and-out on the next Sallies drive, getting the ball back with a chance to bring home an unbelievable comeback.
After two running plays lost the Spartans yards, they were unable to complete a long 3rd down bringing up a 4th and 19 with the game on the line.
Whitehead had a receiver get behind the Salesianum defense but couldn't connect, ending the game.