Philadelphia High School Football
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2017
(All Classifications; Includes City Titles)
(CL Red/Blue Championships Were Decided by Regular Season Results)
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Ryan 21, Carroll 20: The Patriots' coach, ex-NFL player Dan Connor, showed go-for-the-win brass with 45 seconds remaining after QB Kamal Gray turned a keeper into a 31-yard touchdown. Alas, the conversion pass did not succeed when the left foot of receiver Zach Butler landed out of bounds . . . an instant before his right foot landed in bounds. Gray also passed for two TDs, going 8-for-16 for 117 yards. Jason Jefferson paced Ryan by turning 12 carries into 70 yards and two TDs and frosh Tyreek Chappell put on a show by returning a kickoff 86 yards for a score. Gavin Dionisio hit three PAT.
Wood 48, Ryan 0: Sandwiching an interception by Brad Otto, the Vikings scored on their first two plays -- 56-yard pass from Jack Colyar to Ryan Loughlin (18 seconds into the game), 16-yard run by Nasir Peoples -- while setting an obvious tone. Peoples finished with 122 yards and three TDs on 10 carries. Wood was finished punishing the scoreboard by the end of the third quarter.
O'Hara 42, Bonner-Prendie 7: These bitter rivals were unable to offer any drama as the Lions racked up the first 34 points. Luke Sprague passed 12-for-19 for 236 yards and two TDs, one apiece to Justin Santilla (5-117) and Derrick Patrick. Nick Kutufaris (7-86, two) and Taseer Jones (14-62) combined for three rushing scores. The Friars, who finished 1-10 overall, avoided a shutout when Shon Nelson hit Kyrin Jackson (5-103) for a 36-yard score.
SJ Prep 31, Northeast 0: This one offered a very rare circumstance as special teams and defense combined to account for more than half of the Prep's points. James Cherry (punt) and DeJuan Dandridge (fumble) posted six-pointers on returns. Phil O'Connor, who forced an intentional grounding call, and Jake Feehery, who dropped a rusher in the end zone, provided four points via safeties. Kolbe Burrell managed 38 yards and two TDs on 10 carries. The Hawks settled for one completion (for 20 yards) on 12 passes. For Northeast, Dan Scott rushed 25 times for 66 yards and Nasir Gillis hustled for two interceptions.
Wood 36, Gratz 6: The Vikings led by only 7-0 after the first quarter, so their path to a comfortable City Title win was uncommon. So was this: None of the touchdowns covered a long distance. Nasir Peoples rushed 23 times for 176 yards and four TDs and the longest were two eight-yarders. Chris Blackstone chipped in a seven-yarder. Bob Hennessey pounded three PAT and a field goal while Ryan Loughlin and Colin Murt posted picks. Desmen Murphy's fourth quarter rushing TD enabled the Bulldogs to avoid a shutout and Amir Gillis passed 6-for-16 for 84 yards. Wood's CT was its ninth in 10 years (lost to Imhotep in 2015).
At Northwest Super Site
Imhotep 40, O'Hara 7: The Lions hung though through the first 24 minutes (13-7 deficit), but were ultimately thumped due to turnovers. Taseer Jones ran 12 times for 98 yards and a 47-yard TD. Isheem Young scored twice for 'Tep thanks to a run and punt return and Symear Williams notched the longest tally (54 yards) with an interception return. Jalen Christian-Sutton passed 12-for-18 for 130 yards and a score to Yusef Terry (5-100).
At South Phila. Super Site
Lansdale Catholic 42, Future 12: Matt Casee (14-173) and Danny Dutkiewicz (15-137) combined to rush for 310 yards while notching two TDs apiece. The one completion by Michael Dutkiewicz, Danny's brother, produced a 50-yard score by Jake Doheny. Brendan Menges went 6-for-5 on PAT. For the Firebirds, Syree Groce toughed out 101 yards and one TD on 26 carries.
At South Phila. Super Site
Neumann-Goretti 54, Strawberry Mansion 6: The Saints stormed to 30 points in the first 12 minutes and Charles Britt got things started with TD tosses to Tre'Sean Bouie and Jaron Macon. Two more stalwarts -- Chris Wells and Leddie Brown -- added rushing tallies before the subs took over. Mansion gave N-G many short fields by opting never to punt. Freshman Tysheem Johnson paced the defense with four interceptions and Kharon Lloyd returned a fumble 71 yards for six points.