Philadelphia High School Football, Top 25 Performances in CL finals, 1970-2019

Philadelphia High School Football

Top 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
are included.

  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
 finals, 1999-2019

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  Ted Silary . . .

  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, OfHara 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 gamefs first TD on a 96-yard fumble return, the longest in city history. The Explorers had lost the teamsf 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 Judgefs 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. OfHara, 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. OfHara, 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. DfAndre 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. OfHara, 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 OfConnor, 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.
  2. Jarrett McClenton, RB, 2014, Wood vs. Ryan, 35-14. Turned 12 carries into 125 yards and three scores. Added a fourth TD on a majestic 67-yard return. First team.
  3. Andrew Guckin, RB, 2012, Wood vs. Bonner-Prendergast, 38-16. Turned 24 carries into 281 yards and four TDs. First taem.
  4. Anthony Reid, QB, 2010, West Catholic vs. McDevitt, 47-7. Came within one pass of hitting 100 percent, going 8-for-9 for 227 yards and three TDs. No honors.
  5. Jaelen Strong-Rankin, WR, 2010, West Catholic vs. McDevitt, 47-7. Made three catches for 113 yards and two TDs. Also snagged a conversion pass. Second team.
  6. Jarred Evans, QB, 2009, West Catholic vs. McDevitt, 35-7. Passed 7-for-10 for 203 yards and three scores. No honors.
  7. Greg White, RB, 2013, West Catholic vs. Neumann-Goretti, 34-9. Carried 21 times for 170 yards and four scores (longest: 49 yards). First team.
  8. Tommy OfHara, QB-DB, 2016, OfHara vs. Bonner-Prendergast, 22-12. Rushed 19 times for 75 yards and one TD. Passed 8-for-22 for 79 yards and another score. Also had an interception. First team.
  9. Luke Sprague, QB, 2017, OfHara vs. Bonner-Prendergast, 42-7. Passed 12-for-19 for 236 yards and two scores. No honors.
  10. Justin Santilla, WR, 2017, OfHara vs. Bonner-Prendergast, 42-7. Made five catches for 117 yards and one TD. First team.