Philadelphia High School Football
Catholic League Playoff Recaps
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Judge 12, Dougherty 7
An overflow crowd of 9,500 watched this one, necessitated
when Dougherty triumphed over Judge, 9-6, one week earlier
in the final game of the regular season. The Crusaders came
back from a 7-0 deficit on short runs by Charlie Jarvis and
QB Bill Kelly. Tom Walsh's fumble recovery and a bad snap
on a punt set up those scores. Reserve QB Bob Sutton, an early
replacement for the injured Glenn Hannigan, passed 14 yards to
Jim Callahan for Dougherty's score. Those two connected for 57
yards to the Judge 24 as the game wound down. There was only
time for one more play, an incompletion.
At Villanova Stadium
St. James 41, West 7
Rushers Tony Shultz (16-29, three TDs) and Tony Serge (16-157,
two TDs) led the Bulldogs, who were playing their third game in eight
days. Joe Klecko paced a defense that forced six turnovers.
At Villanova Stadium
Carroll 21, SJ Prep 0
Bill Zwaan passed 8-for-14 for 93 yards and scored on a 79-yard
At Villanova Stadium
Kenrick 26, Wood 18
Jordy Hinkle passed 3-for-5 for 100 yards, including a 47-yard
TD to Mike Hober. Jim Genuardi rushed for 82 yards and a TD on 24
At Temple Stadium
Ryan 31, Egan 6
John Zeglinski rushed for 136 yards and one TD and passed for
another score. Jim Norton also posted two rushing TDs.
At Villanova Stadium
O'Hara 13, SJ Prep 6
Tom Gallagher ran for 96 yards on 17 carries. Robert Salla
intercepted three passes.
Wood 40, Ryan 36
The teams combined for 36 first downs, 523 yards rushing, 171
yards passing and 247 more on returns (941 total). Charlie Gross rushed
for 161 yards on 22 carries.
At Villanova Stadium
Carroll 7, West 0
Joe Keefer (29-90) scored from the 2 in the second quarter to
cap a 12-play, 87-yard drive.
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
Judge 17, Kenrick 14
John McCarthy kicked a 25-yard field goal with 1:34 remaining.
Kenrick's Joe Migliarese kicked a 31-yard field goal at 0:00 that was
negated by a procedure penalty, ending the game.
SJ Prep 21, Carroll 0
John Pedrotty (pass from Greg McIlvain) and rusher John Dugan
(21-155) scored fourth-quarter TDs in the comeback win.
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
Judge 7, Wood 0
Ed Clark passed to Jim Sullivan for a TD with 1:05 remaining in
the first quarter. Kevin Hartzell recovered three fumbles.
Carroll 42, SJ Prep 0
Nick Becker passed 7-for-9 for 132 yards and four TDs, two of
them to Kevin Mullen. The Prep was the first team in CL history to make
the playoffs with a losing record (3-4).
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
Dougherty 21, Wood 15
Following Tom Tadley's fumble recovery, Dougherty drove 49 yards
and QB Bob Loscalzo scored from the 2 (his third TD) to break a 15-15
SJ Prep 7, O'Hara 0
Tom Dugan's end-zone deflection preserved the win as time
expired. Joe Rabuck (20-58) scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter.
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
Wood 19, Dougherty 13
Dougherty had the ball on Wood's 3 with 0:27 left. But as QB
Andy Baratta pulled away from center, Steve Toborowski broke through to
force a fumble and teammate Bill Marsh recovered.
O'Hara 9, West 6
O'Hara scored its points within a 58-second span in the third
quarter -- Bill Mitchell's 26-yard field goal and Neil Doogan's 14-yard
run with an airborne fumble.
Judge 15, Wood 15 (decided by yardage)
Mike Mostak carried 33 times for 150 yards and scored with 9:32
remaining, then Mike Stankiewicz kicked the PAT. Judge won the yardage
At Villanova Stadium
O'Hara 35, Roman 10
Marty Cull rushed for 112 yards and two TDs on 16 carries as
O'Hara romped to a 35-0 halftime lead. John Cason sped 99 yards from
scrimmage for Roman's TD.
Wood 20, Dougherty 18
Thomas Empson scored a 52-yard TD to draw Dougherty within two,
but Dan Giannini intercepted the conversion pass. Wood QB Steve
Kettelberger rushed for 121 yards.
At Villanova Stadium
O'Hara 30, West 9
Marty Cull ran for 72 yards and tossed a halfback pass to Sean
Sullivan for a score.
Judge 31, Wood 0
Jerry Magallanes rushed for 272 yards and four TDs on 38
carries. Danny Ellis kicked a 31-yard field goal and four PAT.
Egan 13, Dougherty 7
Chris Powell produced 86 yards and two TDs on 14 carries. Tony
Ciotti bumped Dougherty's Thomas Empson out of bounds at the 5 on a
fourth-down, last-minute play.
O'Hara 9, Roman 6 (OT)
Regulation ended at 3-3, forcing the first overtime game in
city-leagues history. Roman began its possession at the O'Hara 15 and
Martin Shields kicked a 27-yard field goal on fourth down. On O'Hara's
third play, Dan Murray completed an 8-yard scoring pass to Steve
Gentile. Roman was playing in a postseason game for the first time since
Bonner 34, Neumann 0
Ralph Lamarra rushed for 160 yards and one TD, a 74-yarder, on
21 carries as Bonner appeared in a postseason game for the first time
since 1968. Neumann was playing in the postseason for the first time
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
Judge 14, Egan 0
Jerry Magallanes (27-76) scored on a 1-yard run and John Hart
raced 61 yards with a blocked field goal for the other TD. The shutout
was Judge's sixth of the season.
O'Hara 18, Bonner 3
Steve Gentile rushed for 123 yards and two TDs and Mike
Threllfall kicked field goals of 24 and 48 yards. Bonner's Jim Chupein
kicked a 47-yard field goal and hit the crossbar on a 55-yard attempt.
McDevitt 10, Judge 0
Pat Lawn scored on a 57-yard pass from Matt Kolen and John Moran
kicked a 31-yard field goal as the Lancers, making their first
postseason appearance in their 20th season of CL play, stunned the
undefeated regular season champs. Down linemen Bob Arnold and Chris
Conlin combined for 35 tackles, including 20 solos.
Dougherty 38, Egan 7
Keith Rieser rushed for 200 yards and three TDs on 24 carries.
Bill Wright booted a 34-yard field goal and five PAT.
Carroll 25, Bonner 21
John Quigg scored on a 1-yard run with 0:53 left. Chris Olivieri
(9-for-23, 208) passed 39 yards to Dan Dinsmore on fourth-and-10 from
Carroll's 45 with 1:47 left. Terry Mullen had six catches for 115 yards.
SJ Prep 7, O'Hara 0
Kenny Rivers scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter. O'Hara
had the ball at The Prep's 3 with 0:25 remaining, then Mark Amoriello
tackled Art Condodina for a three-yard loss and Jim Knowles stopped
Condodina for no gain as time expired.
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
Dougherty 28, McDevitt 14
Richard Ashby passed 9-for-13 for 186 yards and one TD. John
O'Brien caught two TD passes, one on a halfback option from Keith
Rieser. McDevitt's Matt Kolen passed 14-for-27 for 194 yards.
Carroll 20, SJ Prep 15
Dan Dinsmore scored on a 53-yard screen pass from Chris Olivieri
with 0:17 left.
Judge 14, Egan 10
Mike Elentrio rushed 30 times for 123 yards and two TDs and Ed
Tamasitis passed 5-for-10 for 116 yards. Tim Balon intercepted a pass on
Judge's 4 with 1:01 left to preserve the win. For Egan, Bob Zupcic
passed 16-for-32 for 240 yards and Jim Hvizda made seven catches for 113
Dougherty 21, McDevitt 14
Before suffering a third-quarter leg injury, Richard Ashby
rushed eight times for 103 yards and a TD and passed 6-for-11 for 125
yards and a score to Andy Garczynski (4-103). McDevitt scored two late
TDs and came close to a third.
St. James 26, O'Hara 13
Andre Polilli, only 5-5 and 143 pounds, rushed 22 times for 144
yards and a TD and made seven tackles at linebacker. Joe Bakey ran for
two scores and passed to Lou Palermo for another. O'Hara entered the
Neumann 12, Bonner 7
Len Nelson carried a whopping 39 times for 179 yards and a TD.
Bonner's John Candelori returned a kickoff 87 yards for a score.
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
Judge 27, Dougherty 21 (OT)
In OT, Judge scored on a 4-yard run by Mike Elentrio (30-106,
three TDs) and then Dougherty failed to score. On fourth-and-11 from the
16, Richard Ashby passed to Andy Garczynski three yards deep in the end
zone. Back judge Tom McClain signaled a touchdown, but he was overruled
by umpire Jim Reilly, who said Garczynski did not have possession before
the ball fell to the turf. Dougherty forced OT with 0:23 left in
regulation when Garczynski caught a three-yard scoring pass from Ashby,
capping an 86-yard drive. Judge's Mike O'Hanlon made 18 tackles.
Neumann 26, St. James 3
After starter Chuck Barry suffered a second-quarter injury and
Mike Healy was ineffective in a brief stint, third-string QB Len Tenuto,
making his first varsity appearance of the season, passed 5-for-8 for
160 yards and an 84-yard score to Brian Colkers (4-119). Len Nelson
carried 31 times for 116 yards and three TDs. For St. James, Joe Bakey
passed 9-for-26 for 157 yards and Bill Davidson made six catches for 124
Ryan 14, McDevitt 6
Pat Smith completed no passes, but ran for two short TDs. Tim
Brydges made two key tackles on McDevitt's final possession.
Judge 7, North 0
Brian Dulin (33-76) ran for a second-quarter TD and Tony
Leneghan made 11 tackles. North did not advance past its own 38 until
Carroll 12, O'Hara 7
Chris Dransfield rushed 21 times for 73 yards. Burt Grossman led
the defense by recording a safety. Art Condodina, O'Hara's star rusher,
was sidelined with a knee injury on his first carry. He finished his
career with a CL-record 3,299 yards on 546 carries. He also scored 47
TDs (45 on rushes).
Bonner 19, West 3
Mike Meiswich ran for 70 yards and a TD on 19 carries and Pete
Ruggieri made 11 tackles.
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
Judge 21, Ryan 19
Brian Dulin (28-81) rushed for one TD, Ed Tamasitis (6-for-13,
96 yards) passed for another to Dave Waskiewicz (4-60) and Joe Garlick
returned a punt 49 yards for a third as Judge rolled to a 21-7 lead,
then held on. For Ryan, Pat Smith passed for two scores to Jim Offner
and Mike Cooper ran 4 yards for a TD on the first play of the fourth
quarter. Looking to create a tie on the conversion, Al Settembrino could
not connect on a halfback pass.
Carroll 23, Bonner 10
Carroll rolled despite collecting 97 fewer yards and 13 fewer
first downs. Chris Dransfield (17-63, TD) led in rushing while Mike
Hofer had two interceptions and returned the second 68 yards for a TD on
the game's final play. Burt Grossman added 13 tackles with two sacks.
Bonner's Tom Colvin passed 14-for-35 for 141 yards and a TD and Mike
Meiswich carried 23 times for 143 yards.
Judge 17, McDevitt 14
Vince McNally made two interceptions and knocked down three
other passes as Judge held Tom Taylor to 13-for-38, 181-yard passing.
Dan Gallagher got Judge rolling with a 59-yard TD run.
Ryan 30, Wood 7
Ryan coasted behind the rushing of Rick Hollawell (20-183, TD)
and Al Settembrino (18-144, two TDs).
O'Hara 19, West 13 (OT)
In OT, J.B. Ruffenach notched an interception and then Kevin
Parker (13-for-20, 170) fired a 20-yard TD pass to John Hodge. It was
their second scoring hookup of the game.
Bonner 16, Carroll 7
Joe Gallagher produced 96 yards and a TD on 24 carries and added
a late-game interception.
Ryan 14, Judge 13
Pat Smith passed to a diving Earle Masciulli for a six-yard TD
with 4:01 remaining and Masciulli added the PAT. The winning drive
covered 82 yards in 17 plays; the first 16 were runs. Rick Hollawell
(19-88) and Al Settembrino (16-65) led in rushing. Judge coach Whitey
Sullivan missed the game because he'd promised to take his daughter,
Kelly, to a father-daughter dance at Wood.
O'Hara 20, Bonner 7
Kevin Parker passed 7-for-14 for 132 yards and two TDs to Rich
Toal (6-109) and J.B. Ruffenach caught a scoring pass from halfback Rich
Myers. For Bonner, Kevin Meehan passed 8-for-16 for 100 yards, but the
rushers were held to 43 yards on 40 carries.
McDevitt 25, Judge 6
Dan Taylor ran for two TDs and passed 13-for-26 for 175 yards
and two more scores. Andrew Brown added 114 yards on 24 carries. Phil
DiMaria made 11 tackles and a key fumble recovery. Judge's Kurt Estes
accumulated 170 yards and one TD on returns.
Wood 13, Egan 0
Bill Burke made six catches for 121 yards and a 70-yard TD from
Dan McCormac. Tom Long rushed 15 times for 111 yards.
O'Hara 9, St. James 7
With 0:29 left, the Lions covered 23 yards on a hook-and-lateral
play from Ed Dougherty (9-for-18, 127) to Chris Morrell to Bryan Dempsey
to win it.
Carroll 28, SJ Prep 7
Larry Kingsbury rushed 14 times for 135 yards and two TDs. Joe
Utsch (20-78, TD) helped out. Mike Dedda and Mike Callan made 14 and 13
Doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
McDevitt 27, Wood 6
Dan Taylor notched just six completions in 19 attempts, but they
yielded 123 yards and three TDs (two to Keith Young). Andrew Brown
carried 27 times for 109 yards and a score.
O'Hara 31, Carroll 27
Bryan Dempsey rushed 19 times for 186 yards and two TDs and made
six catches for 68 yards and another score. Dan D'Orazio kicked a
42-yard field goal and four PAT. For Carroll, Mike Wusinich passed
13-for-25 for 203 yards and two TDs. Steve McClatchy made eight
receptions for 112 yards and a score. The teams combined for 43 first
downs, 793 yards from scrimmage and 163 more on returns (956 total).
Judge 23, North 21
Chris Fagan passed 7-for-15 for 147 yards and two TDs, a
46-yarder to Tom Garlick and a 42-yarder to Frank Gubler. For North,
Dave Markowski passed 22-for-39 for 253 yards and a TD. Stan Kulikowski
(10-96) and Jamie Makowski (8-123) led the receivers.
McDevitt 37, Dougherty 14
Jake Kolen caught two passes for 52 yards and a TD and turned
his only carry into a 16-yard score. Dan Taylor ran for one score and
passed for two more.
St. James 27, Neumann 0
Marcas Bradley netted 176 yards and a TD on 27 carries. Tom
Davidson returned an interception 42 yards for a TD.
O'Hara 14, Carroll 7
QB Ed Dougherty capped a six-play, 69-yard drive by running
seven yards for a TD with 0:39 left.
McDevitt 35, Judge 12
Jason Hannings rushed for two TDs, while Dan Taylor ran for one
and passed for another. Kevin Crawford posted two sacks and an
St. James 28, O'Hara 7
Marcas Bradley rushed 26 times for 141 yards and two TDs, and
added a third score on a hook-and-lateral play. Snow squalls swept into
Villanova Stadium just before halftime.
Egan 9, La Salle 0
Tony Spatafore made nine tackles and forced a fumble as Egan
stunned the unbeaten Explorers. Scott Haws caught four passes for 63
yards and a TD and made six tackles.
Ryan 21, McDevitt 0
Frank Wycheck rushed 23 times for 106 yards. Bill Sachs ran for
one TD and passed 8-for-14 for 160 yards and two TDs to Marcello
Settembrino (4-79). Jeff Burke had eight tackles and an interception.
Carroll 10, St. James 7
After drawing a roughing-the-kicker penalty on a miss, Bob Meals
used his reprieve to kick a 23-yard field goal with 0:03 left to win it.
Joe Bergstrom made 14 tackles.
West 14, O'Hara 7
Kimani Patterson sped for 236 yards and TDs of 54 and 35 yards
as unbeaten O'Hara fell. Jeff Toal scored for the losers on a 67-yard
Ryan 21, Egan 14
Ryan scored the first 21 points on two TD runs by QB Bill Sachs
and one by Frank Wycheck (20-92). Egan's Scott Haws returned a kickoff
90 yards for a TD.
At Villanova Stadium
Carroll 10, West 7
Rocco Vernisi (7-for-19, 113) hit Mike Sousa with a 20-yard TD
pass with 1:19 left shortly after an inadvertant whistle cost West a
fumble recovery on Carroll's 35.
La Salle 14, Judge 0
The Explorers scored on Chris Massella's seven-yard pass to Dave
DeMara and John Slowick's 58-yard run, and posted just their eighth
shutout in 16 seasons.
McDevitt 16, Ryan 12
Scott Mangini ran one yard for a TD with 1:53 left to win it.
John Kiley returned a fumble 41 yards for a score.
Roman 30, SJ Prep 14
Jim McGeehan ran 25 yards for a TD and passed 60 yards to Derek
Keough for another. Marvin Harrison rushed 16 times for 81 yards, made
four catches for 25 yards and completed a 33-yard scoring pass to Ben
Singleton. For Prep, Frank Costa passed 11-for-20 for 205 yards and a
TD. John Laumakis caught four passes for 126 yards.
Bonner 17, O'Hara 14 (OT)
In OT, Jim Sharkey recovered a fumble to end O'Hara's possession
and then Dan DiRita boomed a 45-yard field goal. Lou Cristinziani ran 23
times for 133 yards and a 73-yard TD.
La Salle 14, McDevitt 7
The Explorers scored twice in the last 5:24 -- Jason
Pennington's 55-yard run, Brian Daly's 75-yard punt return -- to advance
to a title game for the first time since winning the league in 1960.
Roman 19, Bonner 7
Jim McGeehan turned three completions in 10 attempts into 144
yards and one TD apiece to Marvin Harrison (2-88) and Ben Singleton
(1-56) as the Cahillites earned a trip to the final for the first time
since winning the league in 1947.
La Salle 6, McDevitt 0
The only score came in the second quarter, when Keith Conlin and
Jim Cairnes forced a fumble and Craig Fitzgerald picked up the ball and
rumbled six yards into the end zone. McDevitt was held to four first
downs and 2-for-18 passing.
Ryan 14, Judge 7
Mark Ostaszewski carried 31 times for 156 yards and two TDs,
including the game-winner on a four-yard run with 0:13 left.
O'Hara 7, St. James 6
After QB Scott Green rolled right to score from the 2 with 0:18
left, St. James tried the same play on the conversion. Ian MacNamara,
Bob Gibbons and Chris Ardizzi combined to stop Green inches short of the
Carroll 21, West 3
Vic Ameye passed 8-for-12 for 141 yards and a TD to Sean
Ryan 17, La Salle 0
Pat Joyce made eight tackles and caused two fumbles. Tim
Gasiewski recovered a fumble for a TD.
Carroll 17, O'Hara 7
Russ Kingsbury rushed 25 times for 75 yards and a TD and Mike
Liney paced the defense with two interceptions and three deflections.
Judge 17, La Salle 7
Tony Volpe made eight tackles and recovered a fumble while Jacob
Bonelli rushed 32 times for 128 yards and two TDs.
Ryan 13, McDevitt 0
Mike Erbrick produced 85 yards and two TDs on 26 carries and
Paul Nice made a fourth-quarter interception on Ryan's 19 when McDevitt
was looking to tie the game.
St. James 16, Carroll 14
Bill Dechant kicked a last-second, 33-yard field goal after
Carroll took the lead with 1:51 left on a 66-yard pass from Vic Ameye to
Chris Day. Scott Green passed 10-for-17 for 161 yards. Mike Mulholland
made six catches for 121 yards.
Bonner 14, West 3
Jim Corkery completed no passes, but ran 73 yards for the
decisive TD. Harry Binck's 79-yard interception return set up Greg
Kirwan's one-yard scoring run.
Ryan 12, Judge 0
Anthony Desher and Dave McDonald had two interceptions apiece
and Mike Erbrick rushed 34 times for 119 yards.
St. James 19, Bonner 6
Brian Martin rushed 22 times for 88 yards and a TD. Scott Reid
added 104 yards and a score on nine carries. For Bonner, Steve Wright
kicked field goals of 31 and 44 yards.
Judge 14, La Salle 2
Holder Joe Shenko, the QB, fired a clinching TD pass to Steve
"Whitey" Kurczewski off a fake field goal with 1:37 left. Jason
Berghaier (eight tackles) and Jason Logue (two interceptions) led the
Ryan 14, Dougherty 7
Six plays after Dave McDonald made an interception, Jaime Brown
(28-138) ran 3 yards for his second TD with 0:21 left. To thwart
Dougherty's high-powered air attack, Ryan often used a 3-3-5 defensive
Roman 14, O'Hara 7
Greg Alexander made 13 tackles (four sacks, two more for losses)
and Dave Melaragni threw two TD passes.
Bonner 14, St. James 10
Greg Kirwan rushed 28 times for 207 yards and a TD while Mike
Hemmert made 14 tackles, including two sacks. St. James had first-and-10
at Bonner's 17 with 1:48 left, but was stopped.
Ryan 14, Judge 7
With 1:21 left, Dave McDonald made his 11th interception of the
season to preserve the win. Ray McFall ran for two short TDs.
Roman 23, Bonner 19
QB Dave Melaragni ran for three TDs, including an 85-yarder that
provided a 23-13 lead. Bonner's Mike Mitros passed 12-for-19 for 274
yards and two TDs to Pete Capuzzi.
Ryan 19, La Salle 3
Curt Gallagher rushed 18 times for 92 yards and three TDs. Ray
McFall added 75 yards on 13 carries.
Dougherty 28, Judge 7
Terrence "Skeet" Mordecai rushed 22 times for 95 yards and a TD
and Walt Bartle passed 12-for-17 for 135 yards and a score to Tom Indio
(6-73). Jesse Merscher picked up a fumbled snap on a punt and ran 54
yards for a score.
SJ Prep 21, Roman 14
Lance Shaw (24-122, two TDs) and QB Jess Sodaski (10-87, TD) led
the way. Dorian Henry's fourth-down deflection foiled Roman's late
attempt to force a tie.
Carroll 12, Kennedy-Kenrick 9
Corey Hill turned Ben Conway's lone completion into a 30-yard
TD. Conway also scored on a one-yard run. Brian Dunn made eight tackles
and an interception. K-K entered the game unbeaten.
Ryan 17, Dougherty 7
Ray McFall churned out 123 yards and two TDs on 20 carries. For
Dougherty, Walt Bartle passed 15-for-30 for 141 yards and a TD.
Carroll 13, SJ Prep 12
Ben Conway completed no passes, but rushed 13 times for 50 yards
and two TDs. Dave Cubbin's PAT made the difference. Derrick Fox's nine
tackles included two for losses.
Judge 28, La Salle 7
Greg Yodis ran for a TD and passed 8-for-10 for 117 yards and a
50-yard TD to Matt Jones. Keith Boggi rushed 24 times for 104 yards. For
La Salle, Dan McNichol passed 12-for-26 for 184 yards and Tom Truitt
made four catches for 98 yards.
McDevitt 10, Ryan 0
Ben Payne made four tackles for losses, recovered two fumbles
and batted down a pass as McDevitt halted Ryan's 47-game unbeaten streak
in CL play (45-0-2, regular season and playoffs). Also, the Raiders had
won 25 consecutive games in CL play. McDevitt's TD came when Chris
Westerman blocked a punt and Pat Watkins recovered in the end zone.
Carroll 21, Neumann 0
The Patriots received long interception TDs from Pete Hinckle
(91 yards) and Corey Hill (77 yards).
Bonner 19, O'Hara 7
Mike Mitros ran for two scores and passed 11-for-22 for 219
yards and a TD. Chris Hemmert (4-94) and Anthony Becht (4-53) led the
Carroll 12, Judge 9
In the CL's first inter-division semifinal, Carroll overcame a
9-0 halftime deficit and won despite being outgained from scrimmage,
253-123. Four plays into the third quarter, Greg See forced a fumble and
Pete Sousa (14 tackles) picked up the ball and ran 40 yards for a score.
Pete Hinckle caught a 33-yard scoring pass from Andrew Tamaccio with
8:07 left and later had an interception. For Judge, Keith Boggi ran 29
times for 161 yards and a score.
Bonner 33, McDevitt 14
Mike Mitros passed 10-for-15 for 172 yards and one TD each to
Anthony Becht (4-103) and Chris Hemmert. The Friars broke a 14-14 tie
when Mitros, not the kicker, lined up to attempt a 41-yard field goal
and then took a flip from Jon Bystrek, the holder, and threw a 23-yard
scoring pass to Hemmert. Bystrek ran for one TD and scored another on an
86-yard kickoff return. McDevitt's LeVar Talley ran 21 times for 106
yards and a TD.
Ryan 24, McDevitt 14
Chris Kennedy rushed for 130 yards and two TDs on 19 carries and
Tom McKenna's 24-yard field goal broke a 14-14 tie. Making his first
start since late September, Jason Lappe passed 8-for-13 for 97 yards.
For McDevitt, LeVar Talley rushed 23 times for 123 yards and a TD.
La Salle 21, Judge 0
Brett Gordon passed 6-for-17 for 124 yards and three TDs, with
two to Mike Mattia (5-117). Keith Lachawiec had eight tackles and a
SJ Prep 23, O'Hara 0
Fran McCartan made seven tackles as The Prep posted its seventh
shutout of the season (six in CL play). Brendon Pluck scored on a
two-yard run and a 66-yard interception return.
Bonner 10, Kennedy-Kenrick 7
In the biggest upset, recordwise, in CL playoff history, K-K
(7-0) was shocked by the Friars (3-4), the first losing team in the
playoffs since 1976. All three of their wins had come by one point. Matt
Giello's 53-yard halfback pass to Mike Kukla set up Randy Franklin's
22-yard, third-quarter field goal and QB Jeff Jones scored from the 1 to
win it with a half-minute left.
La Salle 23, Bonner 13
In the game's final 16 minutes, Mike Mattia made all five of his
receptions for 118 yards and the clinching TD from Brett Gordon
(10-for-22, 218, two TDs). Gordon also kicked a 22-yard field goal to
break a 13-13 tie. For Bonner, Jeff Jones passed 15-for-28 for 207 yards
and two TDs to Matt Giello (4-53, 81 rushing yards).
Ryan 20, SJ Prep 6
Chris Cavallaro carried 25 times for 94 yards and a TD while
Chris Kennedy added two more scores on rushes. Bruce Peltzer made three
catches for 64 yards.
Judge 12, McDevitt 6 (OT)
Ryan Hartey caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Joe Tyer on the
first play of OT, then McDevitt failed on its possession. Jim Casey
(18-66) rushed for Judge's regulation TD. For McDevitt, Dennis Flaherty
passed 9-for-18 for 121 yards.
La Salle 40, North 0
Brett Gordon passed 14-for-23 for 177 yards and two TDs and
kicked field goals of 18 and 32 yards along with three PAT. Drew
Middlemiss returned a fumble 30 yards for a score and Brendan "Bird"
Coyle made three tackles for losses.
O'Hara 7, Kennedy-Kenrick 0
John Doherty rushed 20 times for 111 yards and a two-yard TD
with 11:05 left.
SJ Prep 14, Neumann 7
David Hand passed 5-for-15 for 119 yards and two TDs. Victor
Hobson and Sean Killeen made nine tackles apiece.
La Salle 41, O'Hara 10
Brett Gordon passed 11-for-18 for 195 yards and four TDs, with
two going to Mike Mattia (5-123). Gordon raised his season's TD total to
25, breaking the city-leagues record of 24 set in 1989 by Frank Costa of
Judge 21, SJ Prep 12
Jim Casey ran 27 times for 112 yards and two TDs and D.J. Jones
made nine tackles. The Prep scored on its first two possessions, but
notched just two first downs thereafter.
Judge 47, La Salle 14
Jim Casey ran for 222 yards and three TDs on 29 carries to pace
an explosion that netted 444 yards total offense and brought an emphatic
halt to La Salle's 32-game winning streak, longest in city-leagues
history. Ed Guzak (19-114) and QB Joe Tyer (11-87, four TDs) aided the
cause. La Salle's Brett Gordon passed 13-for-28 for 199 yards and two
TDs, but was intercepted three times.
Ryan 19, North 14
Joe Corsanico passed 12-for-24 for 137 yards and one score
apiece to Tom DeCree and Bob Lynch and the winning TD was scored by Joe
O'Connell (22-95) on a 1-yard run. North's Brian Kulb passed 16-for-30
for 167 yards and scored on a sneak.
Carroll 28, O'Hara 14
Ed Stefanski rushed 25 times for 155 yards and two TDs as
Carroll rolled to the first 28 points. Freshman Kevin Jones scored twice
for O'Hara, first on a 60-yard pass and then on a 4-yard run. He rushed
10 times for 80 yards.
SJ Prep 33, Bonner 0
Soph Milton Johnson generated 99 yards and two TDs on 13
carries. Aaron Brown (19-110, TD) also rushed well while Steve Comly ran
for one score and passed for another.
SJ Prep 27, Judge 6
Victor Hobson returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a TD and
Steve Comly passed 8-for-15 for 153 yards and two scores to Jermaine
Slade (6-122) as the Hawklets earned a spot in the title game for the
first time since 1977. For Judge, Joe Tyer passed 6-for-16 for 99 yards
and a TD to Sean Hennigar.
Ryan 13, Carroll 0
Jeff Moore (27-111) and Joe O'Connell (22-108) ran for one score
apiece in the first quarter, and then the Raiders relied on defense.
Keith Ulrich, Chris Lorenc and Jim Hughes had interceptions. Carroll's
Ed Stefanski rushed 15 times for 49 yards.
La Salle 28, Wood 0
Spending time at QB and tailback, Chris Pennington rushed for 48
yards, passed for 72 and made four receptions for 50. His TD came on a
run. Rich "Moose" Krauss added 59 yards and a TD on seven carries while
Mike Savage kicked field goals of 42 and 41 yards. Wood was limited to
76 yards total offense on 39 plays.
Ryan 26, McDevitt 20
Bill Crowley ran 1 yard for a tie-breaking TD with 2:30 left.
Joe O'Connell rushed 19 times for 99 yards and a score and Sean Cassidy
returned an interception -- his first of the season -- for a 55-yard TD
-- his first score at any level. For McDevitt, Mike Hagarty passed
8-for-19 for 156 yards and a TD to Rob Clift (4-41) and ran for a score.
SJ Prep 14, Roman 3
Steve Comly passed 11-for-24 for 168 yards and a TD to Jim
Jankiewicz (3-43) and added a score and 59 yards on 15 rushes. Kenny
Wilson and Sean Heenan made clutch sacks on the Roman possession that
sandwiched the Hawklets' TDs. Roman's Derek Clayton rushed 16 times for
O'Hara 42, Bonner 0
Soph Kevin Jones churned out 222 yards on 22 carries and scored
three TDs, a performance highlighted by an 89-yarder. Soph Greg Watson,
Jones's backup, added 114 yards and two TDs on seven carries. Bonner's
John Stauffer passed 8-for-24 for 91 yards.
La Salle 17, O'Hara 10
Chris Pennington completed 6 of 14 passes for 74 yards and a TD
to Mike DeCrescio, Rich "Moose" Krauss rushed 18 times for 66 yards and
a score and Mike Savage hammered a 42-yard field goal as the Explorers
dumped unbeaten O'Hara. For the Lions, soph Kevin Jones posted 160 yards
and a TD on 33 carries to become only the second player in Catholic
League history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season (2,070). He joined
Judge's Bill Foley (2,116 in 1968).
Ryan 14, SJ Prep 0
Neal Regan (11-65) and Joe O'Connell (20-61, TD) led in rushing.
Glen Galeone Jr., son of Ryan's coach, made a 42-yard catch to set up
the first score and forced a fumble (recovery by Jim Hughes) that led to
the second score. For Prep, Steve Comly passed 14-for-28 for 128 yards,
all to Ed Turner (8-61) and Tom Toland (6-59).
Ryan 21, O'Hara 7
Anthony Graziani (23-103) and Neal Regan (23-103) ran for one TD each
while Regan added nine tackles (three for losses). O'Hara junior Kevin
Jones, already the CL's all-time career rushing leader, carried 14 times
for 97 yards and a score before leaving in the third quarter with an
ankle injury. He finished the season with 1,824 rushing yards and 25 TDs.
SJ Prep 42, North 7
Kevin Stefanski passed 10-for-14 for 136 yards and two TDs -- both to
George Hess (7-119) -- and ran for a score. Milton Johnson rushed 15
times for 84 yards and a score. The Prep used a 28-0 third quarter to
zip away from a 7-7 halftime tie. For North, a TD pass from Mark Suarez
to Ted Murphy covered just 1 yard.
Back-to-Back Nights at Northeast
Roman 10, SJ Prep 7
Unaware that his mother, Marge, had suffered a mild heart attack an
hour before gametime, Tim Schmidt threw a 48-yard TD pass to Steve
Taylor and made a late-game deflection to prevent a TD by Prep QB Mike
McGann, who performed capably (6-for-13, 109 yards) after replacing
Kevin Stefanski (torn ankle ligaments), the division MVP, early in the
second quarter. Joe McCourt began the scoring with a 29-yard field goal.
La Salle 16, Ryan 0
The Explorers squeezed the life from the game by limiting Ryan to six
first downs and 99 yards total offense. Ben Bailey rushed 22 times for
129 yards and a TD while Kevin Dougherty dove into the end zone for a TD
after picking up the ball on the 2; Ed Sabia had fumbled after a 37-yard
West 7, Neumann 6
Abdul Sesay gained 95 yards on 18 carries and Greg Sheeran passed for
a 10-yard TD to Bill Ford, after which Sean Hackett's PAT gave the Burrs
a 7-0 lead. Neumann scored with 0:14 left on a 4-yard pass from Nick
Laska to Jason Gargon (21-80 rushing), but a conversion pass by halfback
Christian Wright was broken up by Tyhiem Gaston.
Dougherty 26, Wood 21
Despite being outgained, 338-161, Dougherty became the first
city-leagues team with a regular season record as poor as 2-5 to win a
playoff game. Ben Dever passed 4-for-10 for 101 yards and two TDs to
Sarina Oeub (3-70), the first Cambodian native to make an impact in
city-leagues football, while Rodney Daniels (fumble return) and James
Jefferson (end-zone fumble recovery) scored defensive TDs. Wood's Sean
Murphy ran 22 times for 167 yards and the game's first two scores.
Back-to-Back Nights at Plymouth-Whitemarsh
McDevitt 20, West 7
Tom Vesey (19-114), Ralph Walters (7-82) and QB Mike Hagarty ran for
one score apiece and Tim Conaway was among the defensive leaders with a
fumble recovery and a sack among five tackles. For West, QB Greg Sheeran
ran 14 times for 58 yards and a TD.
Carroll 28, Dougherty 7
Brian Mattaway carried 26 times for 120 yards and two TDs and Marty
Higgins kicked field goals of 32 and 42 yards. For Dougherty, Ben Dever
ran for a TD and passed 13-for-29 for 163 yards and Sarina Oeub, made
seven catches for 97 yards.
La Salle 28, Ryan 7
Ryan Parfitt, a 5-9, 170-pound senior, carried 18 times for 117 yards and
two TDs while becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher (1,005) in school history.
He also caught a scoring pass from Gabe Marabella (4-for-8, 89, two TDs).
Pete Varanavage (27-147) and Keith Roemhild (17-84, TD) ran well for Ryan,
which outgained La Salle from scrimmage, 346-266.
Bonner 21, Roman 7
Bonner coasted after Roman franchise Joe McCourt suffered a concussion
in the second quarter. Jason Smith rushed 28 times for 132 yards and two TDs
and Bill Murrin (7-110) helped John Port pass 10-for-28 for 138 yards. McCourt
gained 88 yards on 13 carries and raised his career total to 3,107, topping 1980
grad John Cason (3,019) for the school record. Lineman David Pringle made
SJ Prep 27, Bonner 13
Bonner, a 45-0 loser to Prep during the regular season, was still very much
alive early in the fourth quarter -- with the score at 13-13. Kyle Ambrogi's second
rushing TD broke the tie. Jim Lachman produced 91 yards on four catches, all in
scoring drives. For Bonner, John Port passed 10-for-25 for 115 yards and scored
O'Hara 23, La Salle 21
In an all-timer and then some, the teams combined for 18 points in the last 1:48
and O'Hara's Frank Vinci won it by kicking a 26-yard field goal with 0:06 left.
For O'Hara, Mike Lomas passed 13-for-21 for 198 yards and a TD apiece to
Ryan Barksdale (3-73) and Harry Dougherty (5-61), and Kevin Jones carried 30
times for 137 yards. For La Salle, Gabe Marabella passed 5-for-14 for 109 yards
and ran for two TDs, including a 1-yard keeper with 0:51 left. Tom McCaffery's
PAT made it 21-20.
Wood 37, Dougherty 14
Bill Hartley powered for 188 yards and four TDs on 32 carries -- tying the CL mark
for most TDs in a playoff game. For Dougherty, Sean McGovern passed 17-for-36
for 140 yards, mostly to Mickey King (8-62) and Leonard Hodges (6-66). King, also
the punter, added 100 yards on four returns and nine tackles. In the regular season,
King had made four TD catches in an OT win over Wood, tying the city-leagues
record for a game and raising his season total to a record 15.
Neumann 28, West 7
Pasquale "Pat" Narducci carried 21 times for 113 yards and a TD while Howard
Bell turned five carries into two scores. Ed Jeffery was part of three sacks. For West,
halfback Abdul Sesay, not to be confused with fullback Abdulai Sesay (no relation),
ran 14 times for 113 yards and a 79-yard TD. West was missing several starters due
to academic ineligibility.
Carroll 49, Neumann 0
In the biggest postseason blowout in Catholic League history, Maurice Stovall got
things rolling with an 85-yard kickoff return. Charlie Hurley and Mike Larkin ran for two
scores apiece while Derek Zambino scored once on a sneak and again on a 42-yard
return of a blocked punt. With seven PAT, Marty Higgins claimed the city-leagues
record for kicking points in a season (81).
McDevitt 28, Wood 21
Don Watkins (13-112) and Silas Moore (14-73) ran for one TD each while Dave
Melcher passed for a score and had a key interception, as did P.J. Chipman. Wood's
John Spinosa accounted for 243 yards total offense and three TDs -- rushing 18 times
for 65 yards and one and passing 11-for-22 for 178 and two.
Judge 10, Ryan 0
Justin O'Brien (31-153) accounted for all of the points with a 22-yard field goal, a
55-yard run and a PAT. Mike Eaton added 136 passing yards on 11-for-17 marksmanship.
O'Hara 21, La Salle 6
With top rusher Anthony Heygood unavailable (concussion), Tom "Screech"
Convery picked a wonderful time to post career highs for catches (eight), yards (106)
and TDs (three, most in city postseason history). The QB was Colin Smith (13-for-20,
184). Pat Gallagher managed 89 yards on 20 rushes. For La Salle, Joe F. Winning passed
10-for-20 for 116 yards.
Bonner 28, Judge 7
A 7-7 tie was broken three plays after Joe Boland stole the ball and returned it 18 yards
to the Judge 7. Jason Smith (24-129) and Mike Stauffer ran for two TDs apiece; Paul
Kollhoff also topped 100 yards (18-105). Judge's score came on an 80-yard run by
Justin O'Brien (20-147). He finished the season with 63.3 percent of Judge's points
(152 of 240). Taking away the two games he missed with a broken wrist, he scored
82.2 percent (152 of 185). Also, surrounding his injury, he scored 74 consecutive points
(likely a city mark).
SJ Prep 35, O'Hara 6
The Hawks avenged a 35-10 defeat in the 2000 final in rousing fashion. Vince Gallagher
passed 11-for-12 for 180 yards and a TD apiece to Pete Chromiak (5-128) and Jim
Lachman (3-37). Kyle Ambrogi rushed 17 times for 160 yards and two scores.
McDevitt 35, West 0
Tariq Boston returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a score. The Lancers' second
score also came on a return: 28 yards with an interception by P.J. Chipman. Demetrius
"Meat" Oliver added 68 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.
Neumann 33, Conwell-Egan 12
The Pirates rebounded nicely from a 17-0 defeat to the same opponent one week earlier.
Chris Scott-Peters ran 23 times for 105 yards and three TDs and added a fourth on a pass
from Ed Lego (5-for-10, 90). C-E's Steve Slaton ran 12 times for 72 yards and a score.
Carroll 34, Neumann 13
The Patriots exploded for 27 points in the final 15:16. Pat Brochet passed 6-for-15 for
117 yards and one score apiece to Evan Dittler and Chaz Scott. Maurice Stovall scored
on a 52-yard interception return while James Roderick added 134 yards and a TD on
15 rushes. Neumann's Mark Meighan scored on a 64-yard fumble return.
Wood 10, McDevitt 7
The Vikings earned their first title appearance since 1980 as Antonio Troisi uncorked
a 49-yard run to set up a score and made a fumble recovery to wrap things up.
Roman 42, Ryan 20
Johnny Ortiz (13-212) and Andy Amaro (14-123) ran for two TDs each as the Cahillites
exploded for 493 yards total offense (470 rushing). Ryan's Joe DeLeo ran for one score
and passed for another.
O'Hara 31, Bonner 8
Craig Haywood posted a 64-yard TD run on a keeper en route to decent numbers
(9-124) while Anthony Heygood added 60 yards and two scores on 15 rushes.
Roman 9, La Salle 6
John "Byrd" Pendergast, best known for wearing a multicolored wig and leading a
brigade of wacky student fans at Roman's basketball games, nailed a 29-yard field goal
with 12.5 seconds left to win it. Andre Sloan-El completed two passes worth 40 yards total
to Derek Dopkin on the decisive drive. La Salle was held to 47 yards total offense; Jeff
Grimmie and basketball franchise Charron Fisher had two sacks apiece.
SJ Prep 38, O'Hara 13
Pat Kaiser rushed 22 times for 72 yards and three TDs, giving him the city record
with 30, while Matt Stefanski passed 12-for-16 for 244 yards and a score to Steve
Quinn (6-124). The Hawks won the second half, 21-0. Anthony Heygood ran for
Conwell-Egan 13, Kennedy-Kenrick 10 (OT)
Matt Fischer kicked a 20-yard field goal on fourth down to start OT, then Dan Helhowski
barely missed a 26-yarder to conclude K-K's possession. Both teams had long TDs in the
fourth quarter: a 73-yard fumble return by C-E's Dan Quinn and a 71-yard reception by
Dan McCabe (from Ricky McMinn, 7-for-16, 152). C-E's Steve Slaton ran 33 times for
Neumann 14, McDevitt 9
Jimmy Porreca rushed 16 times for 80 yards and a score and Jon Brady passed 6-for-11
for 116 yards. McDevitt achieved first-and-goal at the 9 with 0:56 left, but Ed McDuffie
made two tackles and two passes fell incomplete. McDuffie was part of a gigantic offensive
line -- center Tom McCarron, guard Marques Slocum, McDuffie and fellow tackle Joey
Sandefur weighed 300-plus. Guard Kevin Harrigan was 240. Tight end Al Meacham was 280.
West 55, Neumann 48
In the highest scoring game ever involving city teams, there were 788 yards from
scrimmage and 264 on returns (1,052 total). The first half, which ended with West ahead,
35-20, produced exactly 600 yards, including returns. The tone was set as West's Chris
Diaferio returned the opening kickoff 67 yards for a TD. Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley posted
240 yards and four TDs on 26 carries. For Neumann, Jimmy Porreca ran 24 times for 159
yards and caught a pass from Jon Brady (15-for-29, 236, three TDs) for a fourth. The win
was assured when West's Dave Fitzgerald recovered an onsides kick at 0:25. The Burrs were
quarterbacked by DB Matt Rodia; the former starter had been dismissed from the team for
Carroll 21, Conwell-Egan 14
James Roderick made 11 tackles at down lineman and rushed 15 times for 140 yards and
TDs of 54 and 7 yards. Ryan Stewart won it by returning a punt 40 yards for a score with
1:36 left. C-E failed to score on first-and-goal from the 1 just before halftime.
Ryan 21, La Salle 7
Playing despite an ankle injury, Joe Zeglinski ran 25 times for 135 yards and a TD and
made two big plays (41-yard run; 47-yard pass to QB Charles McGinn) to set up a pair
of short scoring runs by Ron James. George Colbert hustled for three sacks for nine yards
and Mike Varanavage had two sacks and one TFL for 21 total yards. La Salle's Mike Lynch
passed 16-for-28 for 186 yards, largely to Tom Jorfi (9-120). This was the first CL playoff
in 14 years to be played on an artificial surface.
Bonner 16, Roman 12
The Friars, the No. 6 seed, pulled the upset as Carl Graham rushed 14 times for 145 yards
and a TD and Marc Verica whipped a scoring pass to Mike Tomasco. Also, Ryan Juisti
kicked a 33-yard field goal. Mike Heppler had a late interception and two of Mike Licci's
nine tackles went for losses. Evin Jones was a workhorse in defeat, scoring both TDs and
generating 237 total yards (82 rushing, 30 receiving, 125 returning). His punt-return score
covered 84 yards.
Back-to-Back Nights At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
SJ Prep 37, Bonner 0
Rotating QBs Jim McCormick (to Steve Quinn) and Chris Whitney (to Matt Leddy)
threw for one score apiece and John Shaw (31-176) rushed for three as The Prep
advanced to the title game for the fifth consecutive year. Whitney added an interception.
Bonner's Marc Verica passed 7-for-16 for 57 yards, but the rushing attack went
backward (minus-9 yards).
O'Hara 34, Ryan 6
In brutal weather, and with most players slipping and sliding and going nowhere, soph
John Dempsey turned six carries into 183 yards and three long TDs. Ryan avoided a
shutout on Charles McGinn's late pass to Ron James.
Conwell-Egan 3, McDevitt 0
The yardage was almost identical (246-233, C-E's favor) and the only score came on
Ryan Terry's 25-yard field goal in the second quarter. C-E's leading rusher, Steve Slaton
(23-89), blocked a field-goal attempt. McDevitt's Damian Jorden ran 24 times for 108 yards.
Carroll 40, North 14
The Falcons stormed to a 14-0 lead on Joe Waclawski's 60-yard pass to Daryl Robinson
and Shane McNamara's 3-yard run, but Carroll dominated from there. Jake "The Snake"
Szulinski posted 123 yards and three TDs on 23 slithers and Dave Puliti returned one of
three interceptions (others by Pete Novak, frosh Ellis Rogers) for a score.
Back-to-Back Days at Truman
West 14, Carroll 12
Down the stretch, Mike Evans blocked a short field goal and John Maddox made his
ninth interception of the season as the Burrs held on. Chris Diaferio rushed 28 times for
153 yards, though the TDs went to Evans and Wayne Donahue. Diaferio's conversion
run made the difference. Carroll's Greg Kobilka ran for one score and passed to Mark
Smith for another.
Wood 40, Conwell-Egan 20
Passer Chris Hanson (11-for-14, 211, two TDs) and rusher Bryan McCartney (24-200,
three scores) paced an offense that rang up 502 yards. Hanson went 6-for-6 on a late,
second-quarter drive that produced a two-TD lead. For C-E, Steve Slaton made 13
tackles and ran 21 times for 195 yards and all three scores.
Judge 27, Roman 19
Justin DeCristofaro, disappointed over not receiving coaches' All-Catholic honors above
honorable mention, passed 12-for-20 for 270 yards -- the No. 2 total in CL playoff history
-- and three TDs as the Crusaders sentenced Roman to a second consecutive loss in the 3-6
game. The strikes went to Andrew McHale (3-78), Tom Hayes (3-66) and Mark Ryan and
Joe Thompson made it 27-13 with a rushing TD. Will Taggert added an interception. Dan
Jordan (pass), Rockeed McCarter and Sean Woods (runs) scored Roman's TDs.
La Salle 28, Ryan 3
Frosh Will McFillin kicked a 22-yard field goal to stake Ryan to a 3-0 lead, but La Salle
wound up rolling mostly behind the passing of soph John Harrison (13-for-24, 200, one TD
apiece to Chris Ashley and Drew Wilkins). Ashley (11-60, TD) and Chris Agnew (16-78)
led the rushing attack and George Hudson made an interception. Ryan's Rob "Cookie"
Kilchrist ran 16 times for 57 yards.
Back-to-Back Nights At Northeast
SJ Prep 53, Judge 9
The Hawks exploded for a 41-point first half behind rusher Jamir Livingston (11-132, three
TDs) and QB Chris Whitney (65-yard TD run and scoring passes of 57 yards to Bill Edger
and 59 to Tom Elliott). Sub Bradley Wright went for 121 yards and two TDs on five carries.
Wideout Tom Hayes, forced to move to QB after an early injury to Justin DeCristofaro, went
1 yard for a TD and Matt O'Shaughnessy, Judge's fourth kicker of the season, hit a 27-yard
O'Hara 35, La Salle 14
Linebacker Scott Taylor sparked a 28-0 second half by returning two interceptions for TDs
(17 and 40 yards) while the other scores came on a pass from frosh Tom Savage to Chris
Myers and a run by John Dempsey (22-132). Savage was filling in for Anthony Walters, who
snuck 1 yard for a first half score and then injured his lower left leg early in the third quarter.
For La Salle, soph John Harrison also posted a 1-yard TD and passed 12-for-23 for 174 yards
and a score to Jack Forster (7-107).
Carroll 41, Neumann-Goretti 27
Josh Halladay ran 21 times for 139 yards and the game's first and last TDs and had one in
between on a 47-yard pass from Matt Cantafio (9-for-16, 161). Cantafio posted three TD
passes, with the others going to Wiley Flowers (4-57) and fullback Jake Szulinski (another
TD on a rush). For N-G, Mark Hatty passed 8-for-17 for 115 yards and three TDs -- two
to Chuck French (3-55) and one to Hiram "H" Bowman. It was the first time in city
postseason history that each QB threw for as many as three TDs. Mark McPherson added
a 47-yard run for a score. Flowers and Ellis Rogers had interceptions for Carroll.
Conwell-Egan 27, McDevitt 21 (OT)
The Eagles rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the final 17 minutes and lived something
of a charmed life in OT. Kevin Schafer scored on a 1-yard keeper, but the Eagles were
vulnerable after the PAT was missed. McDevitt star Manny Harrison (32-163, all three TDs)
then fumbled close to the goal line and Tom McCue recovered in the end zone to end it. Schafer
generated 151 yards of rushing and passing, five of his eight tackles were solos and he also made
an interception. Plus, he completed a conversion pass to Steve Herrmann to necessitate OT.
Rasuel Thomas ran 10 times for 63 yards and two tallies.
West 12, Carroll 0
Down lineman Kirk Hinton made an early interception to set up a 19-yard scoring run by
Dennis Shaw (28-215) and Anthony Rhoades "gained" 45 yards on four sacks and another TFL.
Carroll had just 44 yards total offense. Chris Farmer added two sacks while other interceptions
went to Matt Ambrosine and Christopher Palmer. Carroll's Ryan Downs and Geof Prather also
Wood 43, Conwell-Egan 0
Bryan McCartney (24-131) rushed for the first two TDs and Matt Little scored once apiece on
a rush and catch while also notching an interception. The other TD pass thrown by Joe Kosich
(11-for-19, 98) went to Chris Lorditch (also a field goal and four PATs). C-E's Rasuel Thomas
ran 12 times for 56 yards.
La Salle 39, O'Hara 38 (OT)
Expected not to play because of an injury, John Harrison passed 17-for-29 for 173
yards and three TDs and, most importantly, a two-point conversion to conclude a
thrilling game. His scoring tosses went to Joe Migliarese (8-54, two) and Jack Forster
(8-112, one) and the conversion went to the former, as did a 2-yard TD flip that
preceded it. After O'Hara called time to ice kicker Ryan Cain (four PATs, one field goal),
first-year La Salle coach Drew Gordon decided to gamble and go for two. Andrew Wood
(fumble) and Matt Day (interception) scored defensive TDs for La Salle. For O'Hara,
Tom Savage passed 9-for-18 for 180 yards and one TD while Chris Smith made four
catches for 117 yards. Corey Brown rushed 15 times for 120 yards and two TDs, one
to conclude regulation and another to start OT.
North 30, Judge 27
This was quite the red-letter occasion for North. Terrell Oglesby (12-195) and Daryl
Robinson (15-154) raced for one and two TDs, respectively, as the Falcons rolled to
426 total yards and won a postseason game for the first time since 1956 (12-0 over
Lincoln for the City Title). Also, it was their first triumph in a CL playoff since '37
(13-0 over SJ Prep in a final necessitated by a tie for first place in the standings). In all,
Robinson generated 265 yards of rushing/receiving/returning and lost an 84-yard score
on a punt return to penalty. He did catch a scoring pass from Dennis Logue and make
two of the Falcons' five interceptions. Oglesby, Rich Cruz and Ryan McCullough also
had picks. For Judge, Andrew McHale scored on a punt return and a pass from Paul
Volpe (7-for-16, 135, two TDs).
SJ Prep 36, North 0
With dominant line play, the Hawks squeezed the life from this one to enter a spot
in the final for year No. 7 in a row. In its other 10 games, North averaged 25.6 points
and 2.4 interceptions. This was the second meeting against Prep that produced zero and
zero in those categories. Chris Whitney started the party with a 4-yard TD on a keeper,
then passed for three TDs and 108 yards while going 5-for-9. His receiving leaders were
Steve Schell (two TDs) and Brian Brinkmann (one, 2-82). He also had a pick. For North,
Dennis Logue passed 10-for-20 for 85 yards, mostly to Daryl Robinson (4-38) and Stan
La Salle 28, Roman 7
John Harrison tied the city postseason record with four TD passes, raising his '06 total
to 29, while going 13-for-25 for 189 yards as the Explorers avenged a double-OT loss in
the final game of the regular season. Jack Forster made seven catches for 118 yards and
two scores while uncorking punts of 49 and 52 yards and completing a 22-yard pass in
a game-opening scoring drive. Chris Ashley ran 24 times for 71 yards. Sean Saverio
notched one full sack along with two partials, and three of his other five stops were made
at the line of scrimmage. Scott Waters, John McBurnie, JB Campanella and Dom Baker
also made one or more visits to Sack City as the Explorers posted seven for minus-53
yards. Chris Johnson passed 4 yards to Matt Marcinek for Roman's TD on the final play
of the first half.
Neumann-Goretti 13, Carroll 12
Mark McPherson (15-87) and Anthony Sample ran for N-G's touchdowns while Sample
and Darrell Dulany (game-ender) made interceptions. Adam Malatino posted 12 tackles
and recovered the ball in the end zone after vicious hits by Sample and Dulany caused
QB/holder Matt Cantafio to fumble inches from the goal line on a fake-kick try for two
from the 1 1/2 with 5:28 left. Malatino also ran 79 yards to the 1 on his only carry to set
up Sample's TD. Cantafio, mostly a passer all season, ran 12 times for 116 yards and the
TD that advanced the Patriots within 13-12.
Conwell-Egan 27, McDevitt 7
Kevin Schafer passed 15-for-25 yards for a school record 281 yards and the highest total
in CL postseason history. One TD apiece went to Jim Domzalski (3-51) and Dave Kuebler
(2-34) while soph Ryan Golin made five snags for 135 yards. The performance enabled
Schafer to raise his career yardage total to 3,013. Domzalski also rushed for one score,
Bryan Hanratty collected nine points on two FGs and three PATs and Steve McLeon made
two interceptions. McDevitt's Jason Golderer rushed 17 times for 114 yards and one TD.
West 42, Conwell-Egan 7: The Burrs earned a trip to the final for the fifth
consecutive year by rolling to a surprisingly easy victory; C-E had won the first meeting,
26-12. Dennis Shaw raced for 119 yards and three TDs on 17 carries and soph Curtis Drake
passed 5-for-8 for 127 yards and a score to Rob Hollomon; Hollomon also tallied on a
69-yard punt return. Dennis Fox, a late-season addition to the team, went 6-for-6 on PATs.
Haleem "P-Nut" Hayward and Herman Hinton logged interceptions. C-E's Kevin Schafer
passed 8-for-22 for 78 yards and a TD to Dave Kuebler.
Wood 16, Neumann-Goretti 6
A month after breaking both bones in his left forearm (screws in one, plate in the other),
Matt Little came off the bench late in the first quarter to rush for 110 yards and a TD on
28 carries. The Vikings' other TD went to Pat Devlin on a 63-yard pass from sub QB Sean
McCartney. Devlin had filled in admirably for Little at tailback -- his first appearance
yielded a school record of 281 yards. Matt Clark made a tackle for a fourth quarter safety.
For N-G, Mark Hatty passed 7-for-16 for 135 yards and a TD to Joe Gionfriddo, Adam
Malatino made 14 tackles and interceptions went to Preandre Watson, Haleem Johnson
and Darrell Dulany.
O'Hara 31, La Salle 7
Corey Brown rushed 16 times for 114 yards and two scores while Tom Savage, returning
after a month off due to a broken foot, passed 8-for-14 for 62 yards and one TD. The longest
tally went to Steve Werner on a 75-yard run. For La Salle, which earlier in the season lost big
receivers Joe Migliarese and Ryan Warrender, John Harrison and Drew Loughery combined
to pass 21-for-33 for 198 yards and the TD, on a rush, went to Mike Donohoe.
Roman 28, North 10
With the former record-holder, Joe McCourt, calling the plays as the offensive coordinator,
Balial Lewis Sloan-El carried 23 times for 156 and yards and two TDs to raise his season's
yardage total to 1,796. McCourt's school record (1,780) had been set in 2000. Nick Moody also
scored twice, with the more impressive TD coming on a 72-yard pass from Chris Johnson.
Terrell Oglesby (24-64) ran for North's TD.
SJ Prep 35, O'Hara 0
The Hawks frolicked against a team that had provided stiff competition (16-7 score) during the
regular season, thus advancing to the final for the eighth straight year. Aaron Haas (four TD
passes; 8-for-10, 137) and Greg Castillo, son of Eagles' assistant Juan (three TD catches; 5-110),
tied postseason city game records. Haas completed the Hawks' scoring with a 9-yard run on their
first possession of the third quarter. Linemen Ryan McGinn and Joe Ventresca sparked the
defense. The Prep's average score in these eight semis victories was 35-8. For O'Hara, Mark
Wedderburn made three catches for 59 yards.
Roman 35, Judge 10
Not only did the Cahillites rally from a 10-0 deficit, they slapped 28 third quarter points on the
board; Al Desiderio began the avalanche with a 77-yard kickoff return for a score. Balial Lewis
Sloan-El finished the evening with 20 carries for 172 yards and two TDs, Chris Johnson's only
completion went to Nick Moody for a 36-yard score and the tackling leaders were Marty Bernard
(11) and Andrew Regan (nine). Tailback Andrew McHale (25-89), the coaches' division MVP,
capped the game's first drive with an 11-yard TD on a pass from Paul Volpe.
Carroll 30, Neumann-Goretti 22
The Patriots rolled to a 30-8 halftime lead, then held on. N-G, which received three rushing TDs
from Hakeem "Skiz" Johnson (26-100), advanced to Carroll's 32 on its final possession before
three straight incompletions terminated hopes of a miracle. Kevin Eckel scored twice for Carroll
on a 1-yard run and an 85-yard kickoff return. QB Luke Wischnowski (21-95) did likewise; he
also passed 3-for-6 for 83 yards.
McDevitt 34, Kennedy-Kenrick 0
Alternating tailbacks Jason Golderer (18-125, two) and Justin Schley (21-117) combined for three
TDs, Luke Sawick hit Steve Harris for a 35-yard score and Greg Williams tallied for the defense
by recovering a dropped snap on a punt.DrewSiegfriedandNaythanVenitaddedinterceptions
whileMattShervin,who also won varsity letters during the fall for soccer and golf, hit four PATs.
West 48, McDevitt 14
Raymond Maples opened and closed the scoring with two l-o-n-g TDs (run for 87,
interception for 90) and added two other scores on rushes as the Burrs advanced to the final
for the sixth consecutive year. West rang up 488 yards of total offense behind the running of
Maples, Rob Hollomon (12-97, TD) and Curtis Drake (9-98, TD) and Drake's 133-yard,
one-score passing (a 72-yarder to Christian Palmer.) McDevitt's Jason Golderer hustled for
232 all-purpose yards -- 77 on 18 carries, 155 yards (including a 79-yard score with a kickoff)
on six returns. He also recovered a fumble and made 10 tackles. Luke Sawick passed 12-for-30
for 188 yards while Steve Harris made six catches for 91. The teams combined for 1,030
Wood 41, Carroll 17
Senior Bob DeLucas and junior Sean Cunningham, bookends at halfback and inside linebacker,
did yeoman duty as the Vikings earned a fifth straight title-game bout with West. DeLucas
carried 11 times for 85 yards and three scores while adding 11 tackles. Cunningham's numbers:
14-166-2-9. For Carroll, which committed six turnovers and never touched an onsides kick that
was recovered by Wood, Luke Wischnowski ran 11 times for 85 yards and a score and passed
5-for-7 for 90 yards and another TD.
Judge 30, O'Hara 14
Curt Wortham rushed 26 times for a school record of 294 yards and four TDs. The eclipsed
effort -- 272 by Jerry Magallanes in '82 -- had also come in a playoff game. Kevin Toner claimed
an interception. For O'Hara, Tom Savage passed 17-for-32 for 201 yards and a TD to Anthony
La Salle 31, SJ Prep 28
In the CL opener, the Explorers had halted Prep's regular season winning streak at 55 games.
They proved that win was no fluke in this one as Drew Loughery obliterated the city record
for passing yards in postseason action. He went 21-for-34 for 378 yards and four TDs;
Dobbins' Andre Davis had 306 in '97. It was also the No. 3 total overall behind 409 by Central's
Mike Roche in '86 and 379 by Dougherty's Sean McGovern in 2000. Jamal Abdur-Rahman
made four catches for 112 yards and two TDs. Sam Feleccia (5-119) and Mike Donohoe (4-61)
caught one TD toss apiece. Ultimately, the difference was Mike Bennett's 37-yard field goal 6.5
seconds prior to halftime. For Prep, Mark Giubilato passed 6-for-15 for 187 yards and a score
to Anthony Johnson (4-137) while Garrett Compton (24-116), Mike Yeager (15-87) and
Giubilato posted rushing TDs.
Wood 27, Lansdale Catholic 0
Sean Cunningham churned for 201 yards and two TDs, among them a 76-yarder, on 24
carries and helped the defense achieve a school record with a fifth consecutive shutout. Sean
McCartney added an interception and a QB sneak for a score. For LC, a first-year CL member,
QB John Howell ran nine times for 52 yards.
Conwell-Egan 17, North 14
Matt Della-Croce rebounded quite handsomely after a disastrous first two series -- intentional
grounding in the end zone (safety) and an interception. He finished 16-for-31 for 248 yards,
raising his career total to 3,001, and one TD, a game-winner to Ryan Golin (10-136). For
North, Dennis Logue passed 10-for-17 for 157 yards and two TDs to Mike Scott (6-125).
West 63, Kennedy-Kenrick 21
Rob Hollomon turned his first four carries into TDs of 36, 35, 59 and 12 yards and finished
with six scores and 212 yards on just nine opportunities. Hollomon smashed the city postseason
records for rushing TDs (four) and total points (32). He also had an interception. Curtis Drake
accounted for two TDs, rushing 16 yards for one and passing 57 yards to Eric Young for
another. West rang up 56 points in the first 16 minutes, 33 seconds, and its 35 plays generated
458 yards (13.1 average). Tim Carroll went 9-for-9 on PATs, breaking the postseason mark
of seven. With the score at 63-14 in the THIRD quarter, backup QB Kyle Heggs was instructed
to take a knee on four straight plays at K-K's 15. For the Wolverines, Ryan Sejda ran for one
score and passed for another.
Carroll 17, McDevitt 7
Chris Kennedy's seven tackles behind the line included three sacks while Luke Wischnowski
accounted for 133 yards of rushing/passing and hit Pat Seeds with a 22-yard scoring pass.
McDevitt did little offensively, but did post a score on the first series of the third quarter as
Luke Sawick hit Steve Harris with a 4-yard, left-corner fade.
SJ Prep 42, Roman 7
Skyler Mornhinweg passed 8-for-13 for 149 yards and three TDs, two to Pete Hurley (4-74)
and another to Bobby D'Orazio. Mornhinweg ran for the game's first score. Desmon Peoples
did not hit the end zone, but turned 12 carries into 142 yards. Spencer Reid (15-74, TD) led
the subs and Kushmir Miller returned a pick for a 32-yard TD. Roman ended the scoring on
Roamel Morrison's 70-yard fumble return.
La Salle 31, O'Hara 21
Connor Hoffman, who caught five passes for 121 yards, posted the Explorers' first TD on a
19-yarder and their last on a 74-yarder. Jamal Abdur-Rahman, returning from injury, carried
29 times for 141 yards and one TD while Mike Bennett added seven points on four PAT and
a 38-yard field goal. La Salle forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter: Vinny Migliarese
made two interceptions and Shane Brady recovered a fumble. For O'Hara, Dan O'Hara ran
for two scores and Corey Brown, an Ohio State commit, caught a 28-yard TD pass from
Wood 22, Lansdale 19
The heavily favored Vikings fell into a 12-0 hole, but were able to rally. Jerry Rahill ran for
one TD and passed for another and Scott Adkins contributed a fumble return for a score (in
addition to a pick and 71 yards of rushing/receiving). Kevin Murt carried 14 times for 103
yards. For Lansdale, Andrew Mandato managed 118 yards of rushing/passing, Devon Barrett
carried 13 times for 72 yards and Tom Gaus returned an interception 48 yards for a score.
Alex Hetzel posted two picks.
North 20, Conwell-Egan 17
NC's hole was even bigger at 17-0. A defensive TD (Daniel Clark, 79 yards with a fumble)
got the Falcons started, then Anthony Reid (8-for-15, 106) passed 64 yards for one to Julian
Huggins (3-82) and burrowed 1 yard for another. Huggins and Dave Sherman had interceptions.
Anthony Singlar was sensational for C-E, accumulating 346 yards of rushing/passing/returning.
He carried 23 times for 170 and one TD and passed for 124 and another score to Ryan Bond.
He added a 52-yard return on an interception. Bond accumulated 202 yards of rushing (17),
receiving (93) and returning (92).
West 44, Dougherty 0
On one of his four TDs, Brandon Hollomon broke a city postseason record that had stood
since 1922: His 99-yard punt return eclipsed a 95-yarder by Roman's Charlie McKinney in a
CL final. Hollomon also tallied on a pair of rushes (4-80) and a 58-yard pass from Jarred Evans.
Three weeks earlier, the archdiocese had announced that Dougherty (and North Catholic)
would close in June. This was the Cardinals' final game and cemented their 53-season record
at 227-290-15, counting a 2-5 mark against patchwork opposition in 1957. West coach Brian
Fluck showed good sportsmanship by ordering backup QB Jaleel Reed to take a knee on four
consecutive plays, starting at the 10 with 3:24 left. Dougherty's final play was a 4-yard run by
McDevitt 21, Carroll 0
The teams combined to throw just five passes, with only one occurring in a 40-minute first
half. Gary Postell ran 25 times for 143 yards and a TD. Martin "Nico" Henry set up that score
with a 55-yard run and added a clinching TD with an 18-yard return of an intercepted pitchout.
La Salle 34, Judge 7
Mike Piscopo got the Explorers rolling with a 31-yard score on an interception return and that
was their shortest six-pointer. QB Kevin Forster, filling in for Matt Magarity (concussion),
uncorked TD dashes of 52 and 46 yards, then Sean Coleman (64 punt) and Jamal Abdur-Rahman
(50 run) dialed up scores from long distance. Forster added one interception and three breakups.
Judge avoided a blanking on Nick Myers' late, 1-yard run. Tim Mills made four catches for 69
yards and notched 74 yards on six returns.
Roman 27, SJ Prep 19
The Cahillites exploded for 27 points in the second quarter. Corey Bronson and Anthony Johnson
scored on interception returns. Johnson (3-95) also tallied on a pass from Michael Keir (7-for-11,
134) while Marcus Kelly produced 174 yards and a TD on 31 carries. The Prep's Skyler
Mornhinweg passed 12-for-32 for two TDs and 275 yards, primarily to Paul McGann (4-126, TD).
Wood 41, Carroll 7
Joey Monaghan passed 8-for-12 for 150 yards and the game's first two TDs, both to Colin
Thompson (2-67). The Peoples cousins, Desmon (11-106, two) and Brandon (4-81), combined
for three rushing scores while Desmon added three catches for 52 yards. Vince McAfee (9-52, TD)
represented the backup unit. Michael Downs had an interception. Carroll scored last on Julian
Franklin's 21-yard run. Ryan Shea posted a pick.
O'Hara 31, Bonner 20
Jay Watkins collected 112 yards of rushing/receiving and scored once in each manner. Ryan
Laughlin passed 14-for-23 for 146 yards and Brendan McLaughlin ran for two scores. For Bonner,
Sean Quarterman ran for two short TDs and passed 6-for-9 for 85 yards.
La Salle 26, Judge 16
Tim Wade ran 39 times for a school-record 298 yards and one TD while Ryan Winslow nailed
a pair of field goals. Wade’s yardage total was 18 yards shy of the city postseason record. Judge
hit the scoreboard first thanks to a 72-yard run by Raul Quinones (13-139).
Roman 45, SJ Prep 17
Starting with Tyrone Brown’s tackle for a safety, the Cahillites stormed to 38 consecutive points
over the final 25 minutes. Chris Johnson-Cruz, filling in for injured starter Michael Keir, passed
8-for-14 for 230 yards and five TDs, most in city postseason history, with three going to Taishan
Tucker (4-116) and two to William Fuller (3-69). Johnson-Cruz, who’d thrown only one pass all
season, also ran 62 yards for a score. Tucker and Marcus Kelly (26-135 rushing) had interceptions.
The Prep’s Skyler Mornhinweg passed 14-for-33 for 258 yards, primarily to Jim Hurley (8-115)
and Eric Medes (3-111, TD).
At Widener Univ.
Bonner 20, O’Hara 14
Jim Haley passed 8-for-18 for 188 yards and one score apiece to Paul Pfeffinger and John
McGilligan (12-yarder with 5:27 left) as the Friars completed a season sweep over their Delco
rivals, who had victimized them 10 straight times through 2010. Eric Womack and Ronnie Scull
added interceptions. O’Hara’s Dashawn Darden passed 9-for-20 for 188 yards and a TD to Jay
Watkins (also a rushing score) and came oh-so-close to completing an 8-yard TD flip on the
game’s final play.
Wood 55, Carroll 6
Joey Monaghan passed 7-for-9 for 99 yards and four TDs; two went to Kyle Adkins. Desmon
Peoples tallied one TD apiece on a run and reception. The Patriots avoided a shutout on a late,
40-yard pass from Grant McClernon to Ricky Wilson. This was McClernon's first QB
appearance. He'd spent the season as a backup WR.
SJ Prep 29, Ryan 6
Tight end Dan Sherry, a starter at safety and the 4-year punter, turned his first two catches of
the season into TDs of 55 and 15 yards, Todd Jones added an interception to 10 tackles and
Olamide Zaccheaus, with the matter not yet decided, raced 79 yards for a score after Pat
McCabe made an end-zone interception. For Ryan, Mark Ostaszewski ran 20 times for 58 yards
and a TD, passed 7-for-17 for 118 yards and posted an interception.
La Salle 42, Roman 13
Sometimes out of a wildcat formation, Jimmy Herron garnered 148 yards and one TD on 20
carries while adding another score on a pass from Chris Kane. The Explorers tallied the last four
TDs and Mike Eife started the outburst with two; 1-yard run and 68-yard reception. Herron also
threw for a score and became the second player in city postseason history -- Bob Mahan did so
for West Catholic in the '62 CL final -- to account for rushing, passing and receiving TDs in one
game. He'd also accomplished that feat in a regular season game vs. Ryan. For Roman, Michael
Keir passed 17-for-28 for 194 yards and a TD to Patrick McCourt, brother of the Cahillites'
Wood 54, O'Hara 28
Just one week after rushing for 345 yards and six TDs, Andrew Guckin posted 304 and four as
the Vikings rolled. He became just the second player in city history to reach 300 yards in
consecutive games (also 342); the first was the San Diego Chargers' Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley
(West Catholic '04). Josh Messina (8-87) and Jarrett McClenton (6-72) halved four more rushing
TDs; Tom Garlick went 0-for-2 on passes. O'Hara's Dashawn "Day-Day" Darden passed 20-for-31
for 227 and four scores, with two going to Thaddius Smith (6-68).
Bonner-Prendie 28, Lansdale 0
Jim Haley accounted for three TDs by rushing for two (16-106) and hitting Kyle Dawson for
another. Christian Summers added five catches for 95 yards while Joe DePhillipo bagged 113 yards
on 24 rushes.
La Salle 35, Judge 0
While raising his season total to 2,250 yards, Kyle Shurmur passed 18-for-22 for 258 yards and
five TDs (highest postseason total in city history). Jimmy Herron turned seven catches into 167 yards
and three of those scores. Judge was blanked for the first time since 2007; it had scored in 71
SJ Prep 45, Roman 24
The Hawks went nowhere on their first possession, but reached the end zone on their next six to
seemingly leave Roman for dead. Instead, the Cahillites stormed within 38-24 before Olamide
Zaccheaus raced 50 yards for a score. Chris Martin passed 9-for-17 for 147 yards and three TDs
(two to Jawan McAllister) and rushed for two more (9-101). For Roman, Dimetri Kelly ran 36 times
for 240 yards and one TD while Patrick McCourt, brother of coach Joe McCourt, rumbled for two
TDs and three conversions.
Wood 49, Lansdale 26
On just nine scrimmage touches, Jarrett McClenton racked up 168 yards and five TDs. He rushed
seven times for 90 yards and four scores while adding two catches for 78 yards and another
six-pointer. Tom Garlick finished 8-for-12 for 155 yards and two TDs. For Lansdale, Zach Talley
caught a pair of TD passes from Joe Pinzka.
Bonner-Prendie 41, O’Hara 38
Collin DiGalbo ran/passed on 43 of the Friars’ 53 plays (30 of the last 32; plus a 23-play streak)
and had direct involvement in 38 points to pace an amazing win. B-P trailed by 28-0 and 35-7
before storming back. DiGalbo passed 16-for-27 for 326 yards and three TDs (two to Mike
Ockimey -- 6-136) while adding 95 yards and three scores on 16 carries. He also ran for a conversion.
For O’Hara, J.T. Blyden rushed 21 times for 152 yards and one TD while Dashawn “Day-Day”
Darden (two rushing TDs) passed 11-for-22 for 141 yards and one score. Ockimey preserved the
win making an interception on B-P’s 4 with 17 seconds remaining. Two weeks earlier, B-P had lost
to O’Hara, 36-35, in OT, blowing a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead.
Consecutive nights at Plymouth-Whitemarsh
SJ Prep 49, Judge 7
The Hawks totaled 262 yards on four long TDs. D'Andre Swift was the cake-taker with a 67-yarder
on a screen pass off a double reverse and a 93-yarder on the kickoff that started the second half. John
Reid (53 reception) and Dillon DeIuliis (49 interception) joined in the lengthy fun. Judge's Yeedee
Thaenrat followed Swift's kickoff return with a 64-yard TD run on the next scrimmage play. Late in
the second quarter, SJ Prep's Jake Strain made behind-the-line tackles on three consecutive plays.
La Salle 49, Roman 0
After scoring four TDs, Nick Rinella capped a special night by soaring for an interception to help
preserve the shutout. Rinell's rushing output included 145 yards and three TDs on eight carries. He and
Winston Eubanks caught TD tosses from Kyle Shurmur (15-for-22, 173). Jordan Meachum carried
nine times for 138 yards and two TDs. Just twice did Roman gain more than 15 yards on a play (31,
rush, John Chaney; 38, reception, AJ Frazier).
Wood 56, O'Hara 12
Jarrett McClenton turned four carries into 115 yards and three TDs while adding a fourth score on a
38-yard punt return. Alex Arcangeli notched one TD apiece via the ground/air. Also collecting a TD,
thanks to a reception, was Mike Devlin, son of coach Steve Devlin. Myles Henderson notched O'Hara's
most impressive TD on an 82-yard kickoff return. The Lions were guided for the first time by offensive
coordinator John Ward. He'd become the head coach earlier in the week after Paul Strus was placed on
administrative leave by the Archdiocese. Strus had been named the interim coach in July after Danny
Algeo died of a heart attack.
At Upper Darby
Ryan 27, Bonner-Prendie 14
The Raiders avenged a stinging regular season defeat (B-P posted a TD catch/conversion at 0:00) as
Samir Bullock churned for 252 yards and two TDs on 28 carries. Matt Romano completed all but three
of his 13 passes, netting 137 yards and one score apiece to Seneca Williams (4-78) and Charles "Cha Cha"
Gary (4-43). Williams and Jeremy Smith had interceptions. For B-P, QB Collin DiGalbo accounted for
both scores (rushes) and 145 yards.
Two Games at O'Hara
Neumann-Goretti 24, Lansdale 12
Khalil Roane churned for 170 yards and one TD on 39 carries, Aamir Brown turned 10 scrimmage touches
into 126 yards and one score apiece via ground/air and Matt McKeown repped the defense with a tally on
a 7-yard fumble return. For LC, Joe Pinzka ran for one TD and passed to Ryan Quigley for another. The
teams failed on all six conversions.
West 54, Conwell-Egan 0
West coach Brian Fluck tried to keep the score down by ordering QB Josh Holsopple to twice take knees
with just under four minutes remaining. But on the game's final play, Justin Bryant returned a fumble 16
yards for a TD. Ahkil Crumpton got West started with scores on a 50-yard interception and 68-yard catch.
C-E was held to 22 yards and two first downs.
La Salle 29, Judge 6
Nick Rinella turned in quite the multi-pronged performance. Aside from collecting 146 scrimmage yards and
a receiving TD, he prevented scores with a tackle at the 5 and an interception at the 3. Syaire Madden ran for
136 yards while Chris Ferguson passed for two (10-for-18, 93) and ran for one. Judge scored first on Rob
King's toss to Tom Penko, but its chances were hurt when franchise rusher Yeedee Thaenrat (8-89) departed
in the second quarter with an ankle ding.
SJ Prep 49, Roman 13
D'Andre Swift, Benny Walls and Terrence Greene thirded six TDs as the Hawks posted all of their points
before intermission. Also, each guy was involved in a non-scrimmage TD -- Swift and Greene on punt returns;
Walls by blocking a punt that set up a 15-yard return score for Phil O'Connor. Swift and Walls rushed for 96
and 97 yards, respectively, on just three carries apiece. For Roman, the first team in CL history to enter a
playoff game with a winless overall record (0-8), Phil DiWilliams passed 10-for-26 for 192 yards and one
score apiece to Joey Bristow (3-91) and Matt Galasso (2-75). The Cahillites still needed one win to claim
their 500th all-time.
Wood 49, Carroll 6
The Vikings stormed to a 42-0 halftime lead as Anthony Russo accounted for four scores. He passed 9-for-14
for 213 yards and three while adding No. 4 on a 2-yard surge. The TD tosses went to Raheem "Speedy"
Blackshear (66 yards), Shawn Thompson and James Gillespie and those first two guys, along with Russo,
scored on runs. Thompson's TD covered 55 yards and enabled him to garner 84 yards on just four rushes.
Carroll managed a rushing tally from Christian Smith (14-65).
Ryan 7, Bonner-Prendie 6
After struggling big time on offense through 3 1/2 quarters, Ryan covered 71 yards on the decisive drove for
the winning points. B-P was slapped with two personal fouls and QB Matt Romano hit Chris Kuhar for a
16-yard gain on a fake punt. Finally, Romano scored from the 1, Ryan Stock kicked the PAT and Charles
"Cha Cha" Gary hustled for an interception. For B-P, Shaun Douglas rushed 19 times for 74 yards and passed
9-for-15 for 61 and a TD to Ryan George, who forced a fumble, broke up three passes and made four tackles
Two Games at O'Hara
Lansdale 35, Conwell-Egan 12
Three days earlier, Ryan Quigley became just the fifth player in CL history to win division MVP honors for a
second time. All he did in this one was make 15 tackles, intercept a pass and rush for 225 yards and three TDs
on 22 carries. QB Mike Basilii scored twice on keepers and David Paulino added 11 stops. C-E's highlight was
Patrick Garwo's 92-yard kickoff return for a TD.
West 46, Neumann-Goretti 0
In the 2014 AA final, N-G stunned the Burrs, 32-14, thus ending their 52-game, nine-season league/playoffs
winning streak in the Blue/AA divisions. Revenge was achieved in dominating fashion as Joshua Evans passed
12-for-17 (70.6 percent) for 252 yards (14.8 per attempt) and five TDs (all to different receivers). The
77-yarder to Craig Jones (4-139) was the longest. Sharif Fennell and Supreme Kemp added rushing scores.
For N-G, Khalil Roane accounted for 47 yards of rushing-receiving. The Saints posted just 26 more.
2016 ONWARD . . .
CHAMPS DECIDED BY REGULAR SEASON
THESE GAMES WERE PLAYED FOR PIAA PURPOSES
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.
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.
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.
Class 4A/3A/2A (None)
SJ Prep 41, Judge 7
Marquez McCray passed 9-for-18 for 153 yards and two TDs, long to Marques Mason (54) and short to
Brandon Sanders (8), while adding his own six-pointer on a 16-yard run. Soph Kolbe Burrell needed just six
carries to provide 100 yards and two scores while Dawson DeIuliis and Nicholas Rios made interceptions.
For Judge, Shane Dooley passed 11-for-21 for 177 yards and a score to Katob Joseph (4-108).
La Salle 45, Roman 0
Spectacular defense fueled this frolic as La Salle made behind-the-line tackles on 17 plays -- nine sacks,
eight TFL -- and forced Roman to finish with minus-23 yards. Dan Kuznetsov hustled for 3 1/2 sacks
while Austin Lemke matched that number in the TFL category. Plus, Sean Daly returned an interception 40
yards for the last TD. Manny Quiles ran for two short scores. La Salle, long known for posting outrageous
passing stats, went 2-for-9 for 25 yards.
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.
Class 4A/3A/2A (None)
La Salle 49, Judge 22
The Explorers stormed to a 21-0 lead before Judge ran a play. TD runs by Liam Tatlonghari sandwiched
one by Sam Brown and the latter two followed pooched-kickoff recoveries by Dillon Trainer at the 33 and
Jalen Hanton at the 30. The three drives required 15 plays. Overall, freshmen Brown (15-168) and Abdul
Carter (7-143) rushed for 311 yards and two TDs apiece. Tatlonghari also had two ground scores and
La Salle became the first team to achieve passing perfection in a CL playoff (Sean Daly went 4-for-4 for
50 yards) since Carroll in 2002 (Pat Brochet, 6-for-6 in a Blue final vs. West Catholic). Trainer made 10
tackles and three were sacks for 29 yards. Judge's Shane Dooley passed 11-for-18 for 158 yards and two
TDs to Dan Foy (5-114) while rushing 12 times for 49 yards and a third score.
At Widener Univ.
SJ Prep 38, Roman 0
Marques Mason scored three TDs in different manners as the Prep cruised past the winless Cahillites
(entered at 0-9) -- 13 pass from Kyle McCord (11-for-19, 149, three TDs), 81 kickoff, 51 punt. Johnny
Freeman tallied the other two TDs on receptions (4-55) while Antonio Chadha, in his second varsity
appearance, scored eight points on five PAT and a 27-yard field goal. Kim Cooper, Nick Yagodich and
Myles Talley pounced on fumbles and Liam Johnson hustled for 14 tackles (three for losses). Roman was
limited to 16 yards on 48 plays. Late in the first half, Ryan Reeder returned an interception 74 yards to
the Prep's 18.
Class 5A (None)
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.
Class 3A/2A (None)