Philadelphia High School Football
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2016
(All Classifications; Includes City Titles)
(CL Red/Blue Championships Were Decided by Regular Season Results)

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CLASS AAAAAA
SEMIFINALS

At Widener
  SJ Prep 45, Roman 7: The Hawks broke the CL record for halftime advantage (45 points), besting 43 by Wood in 2014 and the Prep in '15 (also vs. Roman). Marquez McCray passed 8-for-10 for 186 yards and one TD apiece to Darryle Simmons (4-93), D'Andre Swift and Richard Carr. Swift (7-87) added a rushing TD and Ricky Goodson scored on an interception return.
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
  La Salle 34, Judge 21: Tom LaMorte added a rushing score to a 12-for-20, 173-yard, two-TD passing performance (Joey Burnham caught both) while Syaire Madden turned 32 carries into 167 yards and two tallies. Brennan Daly and Sam Heckard registered picks. For Judge, Rob King carried 12 times for 50 yards and two TDs and hit Jeremy Smith (3-92) for another score.
FINAL
At Northeast
  SJ Prep 35, La Salle 14: After getting spanked, 63-35, in the regular season meeting, La Salle scored the game's first touchdown and was looking to extend its lead with a 32-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Swat! Dejuan Dandridge blocked the attempt and the Hawks tallied the next three TDs en route to a mostly comfortable victory. D'Andre Swift rushed 18 times for 176 yards and three TDs and Terrance Greene (7-85) bagged the other two scores on passes from Marquez McCray (13-for-24, 165 yards). Jake Ballard made two fumble recoveries and the second set up a TD. Dawson DeIuliis made a late pick. For La Salle, Syaire Madden ran 29 times for 167 yards and two TDs while Tom LaMorte, though completing 12 of 22 pass attempts, had to settle for 91 yards.

CLASS AAAAA
SEMIFINAL

At Northeast
  Ryan 35, Carroll 14: Returning from a two-game absence due to injury, Jaye McNeil rolled to 238 yards and four TDs on 22 carries as the Raiders upped their all-time playoff record vs. Carroll to 5-0. His 49-yard scamper removed all doubt after Carroll had moved within 28-14. Chris Reed passed 9-for-15 for 108 yards and scored the other TD on a 6-yard keeper. Carroll's Stephen Honick passed 21-for-29 for 171 yards and a score to Roman Davis, one of nine Patriot pass-catchers.
FINAL
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
  Wood 41, Ryan 7: Thanks to production on both sides of the ball, the Vikings breezed to a 41-0 halftime lead and then forgot a gas pedal even existed. Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear (5-101) and Shawn Thompson (5-50) rushed for two TDs apiece. The defense also contributed two scores on returns -- 23 yards with an interception for Tyler Smith, 58 yards with a fumble by Matt Palmer. The fourth of Dan Zanine's five PAT gave Wood 1,000 kicking points for the century (793 PAT, 69 field goals). Ryan avoided a blanking on a 19-yard run by Jason Jefferson, but Jaye McNeil (18-121) was much more productive. 

CLASS AAAA
FINAL

At O'Hara
  O'Hara 22, Bonner-Prendie 12: The Lions, 28-0 winners the first time around, received an early scare from their forever archrivals in the form of a 12-0 deficit. They regrouped thanks largely to QB Tommy O'Hara and were able to lift their overall record to 10-0. O'Hara rushed 19 times for 75 yards and one TD while passing 8-for-22 for 79 yards and another to Chris Kirby. "Same Name As School" also posted a pick. For B-P, Shawn Harmon (both TDs) netted just two yards on three carries while Evan Raiburn completed 14 of 28 tosses for 160 yards, primarily to Tom Millison (7-85) and Alex Coll (5-41).    

CITY TITLES
CLASS AAAAAA
At Northeast
  SJ Prep 44, Northeast 6: The teams' first meeting since 1944 -- and third in a CT -- produced scant amounts of drama as the Prep rolled to a 30-6 halftime lead. All TDs were scored on the ground and D'Andre Swift (6-72) led the way with two. Richard Carr repped the defense by blocking a punt through the end zone for a safety. A 38-yard catch by Jaquan Amos (4-72) from Brandon Tucker, who'd transferred to Northeast from Neumann-Goretti after Week One, enabled the Vikings to avert a blanking.
CLASS AAAAA
At Northeast
  Wood 61, Gratz 18: Soph Jack Colyar broke the record for TD passes in a City Title with five . . . and did so quite impressively, thank you. He owned the mark by the end of the first quarter, having gone 7-for-7 for 291 yards. Also, the scores averaged 55 yards with a long of 71 and a short of 45. He finished 9-for-13 for 309, thanks primarily to Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear (2-116, two TDs), Shawn Thompson (2-99, two) and Mark Webb (3-74, one). Thompson paced the ground attack with seven totes for 132 yards and one score while Dan Zanine thumped seven PAT. For Gratz, Qashah Carter produced 69 yards and one TD on eight carries, caught three passes for 31 yards, returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score and even completed a pass for a 62-yard gain.
CLASS AAAA
At Northwest Super Site
  Imhotep 36, O'Hara 6: Though they entered this fray with a 10-0 record and a scoring norm of 27-plus points, the Lions had trouble with the bigger, stronger and deeper 'Tep. They avoided a shutout thanks to the game's final TD, Justin Santilla's 47-yard interception return. Amir Lewis (9-109) and Chris Wells (4-77) ran for two scores apiece.   
CLASS AAA
At Northwest Super Site
  Conwell-Egan 14, Del-Val 12: DV showed right-away swagger with an onside kick. Didn't work. C-E recovered and drove down a short field for the game's first TD, Terome Mitchell's 14-yard run. Mitchell (17-69) had entered the game with five rushing yards for the season; mainstays Patrick Garwo (injury) and Kyree Bronson (ejection) were unavailable. The Eagles' other score, giving them their first City Title since 1969 (Jack Barreras hit both kicks), was scored by Daniel Green on a 13-yard pass from Kendall Jones. His previous stats -- one catch for 10 yards. For DV, Charles Britt ran for 69 yards (one TD) and passed for 35 while Brandon Pierce notched a score on a 52-yard punt return.
CLASS AA
At South Philly Super Site
  West Catholic 65, Strawberry Mansion 8: With only 16 players available, the Knights were doomed from the start and West wound up easily breaking the record for most points in a City Title -- 56 by Wood vs. Dobbins in AAA in 2008. The 57-point margin was also the record for CL/CT contests. Da'Vion Kidd-Jackson passed 6-for-8 for 184 yards and four TDs while backup Anthony Mirable hit four of his five attempts for 59 more. Amadou Barry (3-73, three TDs) and Ahmad Kent (3-69, one) were the receiving headliners. Calil Wortham (12-63, one) topped the ground game and Jason Dunn capped the scoring with a 54-yard interception return. Mansion's Basil Wilson (79 rushing, 75 passing) accounted for all but eight of his team's 162 scrimmage yards.