Philadelphia High School Football
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2018
(All Classifications; Includes City Titles)
(CL Red/Blue Championships Were Decided by Regular Season Results)
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Wood 24, Ryan 17: While storming to victory in the CL's 10 previous second-largest-enrollment finals, Wood scored 370 points while giving up 92. This time it was pushed, hard, and needed a 3-yard run by Tom Santiago to break a 17-17 tie with 4:09 left. The TD capped a nine-play, 57-yard, all-runs drive. Chris Blackstone (6-42) and Santiago (3-15) teamed for all carries. Santiago finished with 27 rushes for 174 yards and two scores. Brett Gross made eight tackles. For Ryan, Jahlil Sanders completed 13 of 24 passes for 197 yards and one TD apiece to Tyreek Chappell (8-102) and Mekhi Lang (2-74).
Carroll 17, Bonner-Prendie 14: After winning a semi in 2008, the Patriots dropped eight straight playoffs and were outscored, 308-60. They bagged the first 17 points in this one -- the CL's first Sunday playoff in five years and one day -- and then held on. Juliano Mastrocola got things started with a field goal, then Koran Butler and Joshua Bowman ran for TDs. In his first start as a fill-in for the injured Russel Minor-Shaw, Nick Lamey passed 9-for-19 for 92 yards. For B-P, Shon Nelson ran for one score and hit James Welde (4-60) for another. In relief, Nelson was throwing his first passes since Week One. He went 7-for-19 for 144 yards.
O'Hara 9, Carroll 0: John Caponi and Joe Kelly combined to make an end-zone tackle and give the Lions all the points they would need. Quasir Cottman (28-90) did rush for a second quarter TD. Carroll made a serious scoring threat right before halftime, but PJ O'Reilly forced a fumble and Rich McNichol made the recovery. The Patriots, who received 109 passing yards from Nick Lamey and 16 tackles from Richie Kimmel, advanced within 23 yards of the end zone in the fourth quarter.
SJ Prep 49, Northeast 14: Kyle McCord pinpointed his way to 15 completions in 20 attempts for 182 yards and four TDs, all to different receivers, as the Hawks mostly frolicked. The four-pack upped McCord's season total to 27, giving him a tie for the top effort in school history. Kolbe Burrell paced the rushers with 12 totes for 83 yards and a score. Charles Britt was involved in all of Northeast's points -- ran for a TD/conversion, hit Elijah Jeudy for a 70-yard score.
Wood 57, Gratz 6: Yes, the offense was mighty impressive. But the defense got things started as Dylan Urbanowski made a sack for a safety. Later, Brad Otto sped 74 yards to payturf with an interception. Jack Colyar, playing in only his fourth game of the season due to injury, passed 12-for-14 for 148 yards and four TDs. The first, a 44-yard hookup with Jake Ross, was the longest. Tom Santiago collected 59 yards and one TD on five rushes while adding an interception. Brett Gross also was a member of the Pilfer Club. Rodneil Passapera tallied the Bulldogs' six-pointer on a seven-yard keeper.
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Imhotep 20, O'Hara 0: O'Hara became the first Catholic League team to suffer a City Title shutout since North Catholic in 1950 (13-0 vs. Bok Tech) and was held to 109 yards of offense. The scoring streak had covered 66 games -- 29 from 1951 through '79, 37 from '08 through one game in '18. Chris Kirby, O'Hara's top receiver all season, handled rushing duties in this one, netting 81 yards on 20 totes. He also had an interception. On a 16-play, second-quarter drive featuring 12 rushes by Kirby, the Lions advanced to Imhotep's 13 before fading. For 'Tep, Jalen Sutton-Christian ran for one score and passed for another.
Conwell-Egan 54, Future 12: Patrick Garwo turned 14 carries into 201 yards and three TDs (long of 56) and added a fourth score on a 91-yard kickoff return. Terome Mitchell mixed a TD catch with an interception and Brendan Walker returned a fumble 34 yards to payturf. Joseph Adside notched Future's best TD on a 63-yard run.