Quarterback Max Price had a nose for the end zone on Friday, and as a result the Muskegon Catholic Central football team is headed back to the playoffs after a one-year absence.

Price threw a pair of touchdown passes before halftime, then ran in the game-clinching score in the fourth quarter, giving the Crusaders a hard-fought 18-8 victory over Benton Harbor on the road.

MCC won its fourth straight game to improve to 5-2 on the season. MCC clinched an automatic playoff berth with the win, because it’s only playing an eight-game schedule this season. Teams with standard nine-game schedules have to win six.

The Crusaders broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter on a pair of touchdown passes from Price to Nolan Convertini, covering 21 and 4 yards. They led 12-0 at halftime.

Benton Harbor made things close with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter, but Price pounded in a 2-yard touchdown run in the final quarter to seal up the win.

Carson St. Amour was the leading rusher for MCC with 33 yards. St. Amour and Tommy Kartes led the defense with seven tackles apiece.