Philadelphia High School Football
Performances in Catholic League
Finals Over 50 Years, 1970-2019
The list below represents my
opinion of the the Top 25 performances
(only by players for winning teams) in Catholic League finals over the
50-year period from 1970 to 2019.
During the enrollment era (1999-forward), only games at top level
Decisions based on quality of performance and/or whether the
player "outperformed" himself.
All-Catholic honors, if any, listed last.
Now at bottom of page . . . Top 10 performances in middle/low enrollment CL
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1. Pat Kaiser, RB-K, 2002, SJ Prep vs. Roman, 38-7. Set city
playoff records for rushing yards (316, on 18 carries) and points (32)
and tied the city playoff mark for rushing scores (four). Kicked a
32-yard field goal and, after a penalty, hit a PAT from 35 yards. First
team (RB and K, MVP).
2. Brian Daly, DB, 1989, La Salle vs. Roman, 13-0. Made three interceptions and returned a kickoff for a 72-yard TD. First team.
3. Keith Rieser, RB-QB, 1982, Dougherty vs. Carroll, 17-14. Began the game at RB, but was called upon to play QB from the second quarter on after Richard Ashby suffered a knee injury. Ran and passed for 161 total yards and notched one TD in each category. First team (at RB. MVP).
4. Kevin Jones, RB, 2000, OfHara vs. SJ Prep, 35-10. Keyed a big upset (Prep entered at 12-0) by posting 196 all-purpose yards. Ran for two TDs and returned a kickoff 86 yards for another. First team.
5. Greg Frantz, DB, 2006, La Salle vs. SJ Prep, 14-7. Scored the gamefs first TD on a 96-yard fumble return, the longest in city history. The Explorers had lost the teamsf regular season meeting, 42-14. Second team.
6. Mike Donohoe, RB-LB-P, 2008, La Salle vs. Judge, 28-20. Caught a pair of 12-yard TD passes and hit QB Drew Loughery with a trick-play conversion toss. Also knocked down Judgefs last pass. No honors.
7. Drew Loughery, QB, 2009, La Salle vs. SJ Prep, 35-28. Passed 21-for-31 for 297 yards and four TDs. First team.
8. Kyle McCord, QB, 2019, SJ Prep vs. La Salle, 52-7. Passed 14-for-23 for 363 yards and five TDs. First team (MVP).
9. Marvin Harrison, WR, 2019, SJ Prep vs. La Salle, 52-7. Tied the city record for TD receptions with four while making six yards for 222 yards (37.0 YPC). First team.
10. Matt Kaupp, LB, 1975, Judge vs. SJ Prep, 29-6. Made seven tackles and recovered two fumbles. That effort pleased his brother, Bob, a Judge assistant. First team.
11. Dave McDonald, DB, 1992, Ryan vs. Roman, 25-8. Picked off three passes and turned one of them into a 34-yard score. First team.
12. Mike Mitros, QB, 1994, Bonner vs. Carroll, 21-0. Passed 5-for-14 for 102 yards and, in a big surprise, rushed 16 times for 133 yards and two more scores. First team (MVP).
13. Jerry Magallanes, RB, 1981, Judge vs. OfHara, 28-15. Carried 33 times for 133 yards and two TDs while adding a third score on a 46-yard reception. First team.
14. Jamir Livingston, 2005, SJ Prep vs. OfHara, 41-7. Matched the city postseason mark for rushing TDs (four). Bagged 187 yards on 32 carries. Second team.
15. Sean Coleman, WR, 2012, La Salle vs. SJ Prep, 28-27 (OT) Broke the city postseason mark for receptions (with 14) and TDs (four) while posting 138 yards. Caught a 5-yard slant to win it. First team (WR), second team (DB).
16. Chris Kane, QB, 2012, La Salle vs. SJ Prep, 28-27 (OT). Broke city postseason records for completions (31), attempts (46) and TDs (four) while accumulating 328 yards. No honors.
17. Kyle McCord, QB, 2018 vs. La Salle, 23-13. Passed 13-for-26 for 252 yards and three TDs. Two came 5-odd minutes apart in the fourth quarter, thus erasing a 13-10 deficit. First team (MVP).
18. Brett Gordon, QB-K, 1996, La Salle vs. Judge, 20-7. Passed 16-for-33 for 162 yards and one TD while adding eight points on two field goals and two PAT. First team.
19. Vince Gallagher, QB-DB, 2001, SJ Prep vs. Bonner, 31-6. Passed 11-for-17 for 189 yards and two TDs. Also had an interception. First team.
20. DfAndre Swift, RB, 2016, SJ Prep vs. La Salle, 35-14. Averaged just under 10 yards per carry (18-176) while accumulating three TDs. First team.
21. Jamal Abdur-Rahman, 2010, RB-DB, La Salle vs. Roman, 35-16. Scampered for 162 yards and three TDs on 28 carries. Also picked off a pass. First team (MVP).
22. Nick Rinella, WR, 2015, La Salle vs. SJ Prep, 29-28. Made a leaping, lean-back circus catch, (one hand to start) just beyond the goal line, to erase a 28-23 deficit with 49 seconds remaining. First team.
23. John Shaw, RB, 2003, SJ Prep vs. OfHara, 45-7. Tied the city postseason record for rushing TDs (four) while carrying 19 times for 98 yards. Second team.
24. Vince Moffett, RB- DB, 2013, SJ Prep vs. La Salle, 30-20. Eleven of his 13 tackles were solos and he made early statements with a 40-yard kickoff return and 32-yard reception. Second team (RB/DB).
25. Phil OfConnor, LB, 2017, SJ Prep vs. La Salle, 17-3. Posted two sacks among 10 tackles as the Hawks kept La Salle from notching a TD, thus ending an 83-game streak with at least one. First team.
Top 10 performances in
middle/low enrollment CL finals, 1999-2019
1. Rob Hollomon, RB, 2008,
West Catholic vs. Carroll, 56-7. Needed just five carries to collect 136
yards and four TDs. Also scored on a 65-yard punt return. First team.