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DISTRICT 1/12 SUBREGIONAL FINAL
Neumann-Goretti 18, West Catholic 0
In a game very reminiscent to the regular season match-up (Won by NG, 20-6) the Saints used an aggressive and stifling defense to suffocate the Burrs at every turn. West knew going in that they probably needed to front-run to knock off a more talented Saints’ club. And for three plays to start the game the Burrs seemed to be headed in the right direction. A no gain on the opening kickoff, an incomplete pass, and a four-yard loss on a run set-up a 3rd-and-14 chance from the N-G 13-yard line. No doubt the Burrs would have loved to force a Saints’ punt from near their own goal line. Not so fast! With three receivers split to the left, sr. WR/S Dymir Cave was by his lonesome on the right side of the field. A quick slant was the call and the perfectly thrown pass by jr. QB Charles Britt found Cave with enough momentum to shed the tackle attempt by the West defender. Alas, what probably should have been just a 15-yard completion turned into an 87-yard touchdown just 48 seconds into the game. Can you say wind removed from sails? Remarkably, this was Cave’s first reception of the reason and after a brief time away from the team was making just his second appearance on this side of the ball. Dividends paid! From here it was basically all defense. The Burrs didn’t cross midfield once in the first half and managed just three first downs. The field was tilted heavily against West throughout the first half and with this the Saints had other chances to score. To West’s credit their defense stood tall and prevented the Saints from scoring even though they traveled inside West’s twenty three times. A critical juncture happened right at the beginning of the third quarter that led squarely to N-G’s next score. The Burrs were staring at a fourth-and-four from the N-G 48-yard line and head coach Brian Fluck decided to go for it. He called speedy sr. QB Da’Vion Kidd-Jackson’s number on a keeper to the right, but N-G’s impressive sr. S/RB Leddie Brown shot thru and tossed Kidd-Jackson for a two-yard loss. Three plays later, on a third-and-six, sr. RB Chris Wells bounced off a tackle or two attempt early in the run and then broke free for a demoralizing 46-yard scoring run. West would have one more chance to make a game of it late in the third quarter. Jr. RB Jacir Savoy (13-70) ripped-off a 29-yard run to the N-G 26-yard line. A horse collar at the end of the run pushed the ball up to the N-G 13-yard line. After a 4-yard run by jr. WR Aaron Jenkins on a speed sweep the Burrs seemed to be in business at the nine. However, a 19-yard penalty on a chop-block, a delay, and a procedure call ultimately saw the Burrs facing a fourth-and-thirty-five. Ouch! Kidd-Jackson’s hurl to the end zone was batted down by a trio of Saints defenders. The Saints would ice the game midway through the fourth quarter when Britt calmly flipped to sr. TE/LB Jayvonne Campfield for a 3-yard score on a fourth-and-goal play. Britt finished with 137 yards thru the air on just 5-for-17 passing. Wells (13-71) and Brown (16-62) paced the rushing attack. The story of the game was N-G’s defense and it was more of a great team effort than just a handful of guys standing out. This unit held West to only 118 yards of offense. Sr. DL Christian Barmore had some manly moments early when three of his four tackles went for losses. Barmore left the game after being dinged after scooping up a punt that caromed off a West up-man. Campfield forced a fumble (recovered by jr. LB Jabrill Samuels), registered a sack, and had three pass defends. Cave and sr. OLB Andre Williams evenly split ten tackles. Frosh. S Tysheem Johnson added an interception. For West. sr. DE Rovny DaSilva led with eight stops including a half-of-sack. Sr. DL Keith Jenkins had five tackles and a half-of-sack. Sr. DL CJ Pressley (six), soph. DL Rickquan Rivera (five), and jr. DE Damon Studstill (five) were all active. Jr. LB Kha’Jey Fraizier and soph. LB Troy Athill both recovered fumbles, while jr. LB Tre Johnson forced a fumble. The teams evenly split twenty-six penalties that amassed a total of 198 yards. The Saints will move onto the Round of 16 at the 2A level. They will face District-11 champion Schuylkill Haven this coming Saturday at 6 o’clock at the South Philly Super Site. This Saints team has interesting possibilities. There is enough talent in place, a strong defensive presence, and big-play threats on offense to be successful. In this observer’s opinion they’ll need to do a better job of finishing drives and cutting back on penalties if they hope to realize this potential.
CATHOLIC 6A FINAL
SJ Prep 17, La Salle 3
Brrrrrrrrrr. And that’s putting it mildly, as this one had a Ice Bowl type feel to it. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. There wasn’t any snow or ice in sight, but the temps were in the high 20’s and the wind pretty much made its presence felt throughout. Trust me, it was frigid. So, no wonder the game started with seven straight punts and only five total first downs between the teams in those seven possessions. Eventually, the Explorers would strike first and it was their defense that made the game’s first key play. Facing a fourth-and-one at midfield, a slew of La Salle defenders, led by sr. DL Daniel Kuznetsov and sr. DB Owen Pighini stuffed Hawks’ jr. RB Marques Mason for no gain. Five plays later, sr. K Daniel Karrash blasted a 37-yard field goal just inside the right post with 5:13 left before intermission. Traveling into the wind the Hawks would answer with a field goal of their own with just :13.3 seconds left before half. Sr. QB Marquez McCray was instrumental in getting his team in position. Three times he provided first down runs. The first two were on third down scrambles and they gained 21 & 14 yards, respectively. Then, of fourth-and-two from the Lasalle 22-yard line he picked up four yards to keep the drive alive. Four plays later, sr. K Anthony Tigano calmly struck the kick to deadlock the game. The drive covered 68 yards on 16 plays. The second half would begin with the Hawks receiving and La Salle opting to give them the wind for the third quarter. The Hawks first two possessions of the quarter ended with punts, but they were effective in that La Salle started at their own eleven and ten-yard lines on their first two tries. Both ended with three-and-outs. The Hawks third possession of the quarter began at the La Salle 44-yard line. Soon after, McCray connected with sr. WR James Cherry in traffic for 14 yards to the La Salle twenty-seven for a first down on a third-and-seven chance. From here, it would be all runs with soph. RB Kolbe Burrell providing the capper from the two-yard line and a 10-3 Hawks’ lead. LaSalle would manage a first down on their next series, but the Hawks stiffened from here and got the ball back once again on the La Salle side of the field and the wind at their backs. In an efficient manner the Hawks spared every second they could of the third quarter clock. On the quarter’s final play, McCray found Cherry again in traffic. This play covered 20 yards and placed the ball at the Explorers’ 6-yard line. It was good to see Cherry make these key grabs because earlier in the quarter he let what looked like a sure touchdown pass bounce out of his grasp. Good job not dwelling on the missed opportunity and helping your team the next time your number was called. Two plays into the fourth quarter McCray bulled in from the one to give the Hawks’ a commanding two-score lead. La Salle didn’t exactly fold the tent afterwards, as they held the ball for twelve plays and ultimately reached the Hawks’ 6-yard line. However, on second down, sr. QB/S Isaiah Jones was brought down for a yard loss by the combination of sr. LB Bradley Cobaugh and sr. LB Phil O’Connor. On third down, it appeared that Jones broke contain to the outside, but O’Connor tracked him down for a 4-yard loss on a sack. Impressive closing speed by O’Connor here. Jones fourth down pass was behind his intended receiver in the end zone and fell harmlessly to the chilly turf. The Explorers would get one more chance after a 9-yard punt settled at the Hawks’ 27-yard line with 5:21 left in the game. Alas, four straight misfired passes would end any hope for La Salle in this one. The Hawks would exhaust the final 5:03 of game clock. The Hawks defense has been elite all year long and that was no different in this one. Tackling leaders included; O’Connor (10 total stops, two sacks), rock solid sr. DE Rayshad Wallace (.5 sacks, 3 other TFLs, and 8 total stops), and Cobaugh (9 tackles). Other rotations members include: sr. DL Ryan Brice (6’4”, 285-lbs), sr. DL Paul Hess (.5 sacks), sr. DL Jake Feehery (4 tackles), soph. LB Liam Johnson, frosh. LB Jerimiah Trotter, sr. CB Devon Dickerson, jr. CB Zach Bougess, sr. S DeJuan Dandridge (4 tackles), and sr. S Dawson DeIuliis. Offensively, McCray (15-84) and Mason (16-74) had good moments on the ground. McCray passed 10-for-21and 76 yards. For La Salle, Jones had 66 yards rushing on 21 carries and passed for another 64 yards. Defensively, the Explorers competed and battled all night. The Hawks ran 63 offensive plays, so many defenders were active. Tackle leaders included: Kuznetsov (10 stops), sr. DL Garrett Zobel (seven), sr. LB Liam Trainer (seven), jr. DB Sean Daly (seven), sr. DB Devon Smith (six), and sr. DL Chris Maloney (six). The Hawks have now bested the Explorers in four of the last five PCL Title games and in nine of ten overall. Hawks will play the winner of the Philadelphia Public League 6A final between Central and Northeast next Saturday at 6 o’clock.
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 10 . . .Neumann-Goretti 20, Conwell-Egan 13 - For the second straight week the Saints found themselves in a dogfight and needed a late score and even later defensive stand to hold onto the win. Trailing, 13-12, the Saints marched 68 yards on 11 plays to grab the lead. A seven-yard scramble by jr. QB Charles Britt to the C-E 28-yard line on a fourth-and-six play kept the drive alive and eventually led to Britt’s 6-yard flip to jr. WR Tre’Sean Bouie with 25 seconds left. Sr. RB Leddie Brown added the conversion run. The Eagles took over at their 38-yard line and after two incompletions the Saints seemingly had the game in hand. However, sr. QB John Kelley, filling in for jr. QB Alex Goldsby, who was injured earlier in the fourth quarter, found jr. RB Terome Mtichell along the right sideline for 56 yards. N-G’s Brown didn’t give up on the play and chased down Mitchell at the N-G six-yard line with just two seconds left. After a timeout, Kelley rolled left, but a heavy rush forced a quick pass that fell innocently to the ground. Britt passed for 182 yards and rushed for another 55 yards. Brown rushed for 64 yards and sr. WR Jaron Macon made four catches for 77 yards. The Saints were without sr. RB Chris Wells and sr. OL Justin Johnson (Injured foot). For C-E, star rusher jr. Patrick Garwo rushed for 88 yards on 15 carries and a TD. All of his damage came in the first half, but severe cramping plagued him after the intermission. Defensively, jr DL Dwayne Majors was disruptive at the line of scrimmage all game. Soph. K Jack Barreras connected on a pair of field goals.
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 9.....
Conwell-Egan 63, Bonner-Prendie 21 -
It was a record-setting half for the Eagles as they exploded for SIXTY-THREE
points in the opening twenty-four minutes of action and coasted past the Friars.
Thanks to the research by
the sixty-three points strongly appears to be the most ever recorded in a half
by a Catholic League team. Jr. RB
started the festivities by returning the opening kickoff 79 yards for a score.
C-E’s nine touchdowns amassed a total of 449 yards. Whoa! Included in this were;
68-yard run (Mitchell), runs of 50 & 5 yards by jr. QB
runs of 63, 42, and 65 (INT return) by jr. RB
Patrick Garwo, a 64-yard pick-six return by frosh. LB
Harris, and a
13-yard run by sr. QB
The Eagles needed just seventeen offensive plays to secure their six touchdowns
from scrimmage. Garwo carried nine times for 176 yards. All total, C-E rolled-up
348 yards on the ground and did not attempt a single pass. Soph. LB
paced the defense with two TFLs and a sack. For B-P, they found the end zone
thrice in the second half. Sr. WR
took a direct snap and raced 87 yards for one, while jr. RB Ty Gundy
(7-47) tallied two scores. The Friars managed 266 all-purpose yards after the
intermission and did so on just 11 touches.
West Catholic 46, McDevitt 6 - In a pivotal match-up between PCL Blue 2A squads the Burrs used a suffocating defense and five Lancers’ turnovers to roll to victory. On McDevitt’s first offensive play from scrimmage a center snap sailed over soph. QB Lonnie Rice’s head. West’s sr. DL Keith Jenkins recovered the rock at the McDevitt 6-yard line and three plays later sr. QB Da’Vion Kidd-Jackson scampered in from the three. The Burrs would add two more scores in the first quarter and coasted from here. Defensively, West held Mcdevitt to just 26 yards of offense. Interceptions were had by sr. DL CJ Pressley and soph. DB Justino Griggs, while sr. OLB Rovny DaSilva (sack) and soph. DB Valentin Bikibili joined Jenkins in the fumble recovering brigade. Sr. LB Koddy Mills notched 1.5 sacks assist in the cause. Offensively, Kidd-Jackson added a 75-yard jaunt and a pair of conversion runs, while also tossing a score to jr, WR Aaron Jenkins. Jr. RB Jacir Savoy rushed for 117 yards on 21 carries and TD. He closed the scoring with a 56-yard punt return. For McDevitt, jr. RB Robert Laurie-Clark scored on a 44-yard run. Defensively, Rice made a pick and soph. LB Nasire Griffin (7 solo tackles) forced and recovered a fumble. West hasn’t lost to McDevitt since 2002 and counting playoff games over that stretch the streak is 21 straight games.
St. Joe’s Prep, LaSalle 14 - Like they have done most of the season to date, the Hawks used a key defensive play to turn the momentum in a game. Trailing, 7-0, the Hawks’ defense were facing a third-and-three from their six-yard line. This is when sr. DB Dejuan Dandridge stepped in front of quick pass from LaSalle’s sr. QB Danny Solecki and returned it 71 yards to the Explorers’ 27-yard line. Three plays later, sr. QB Marquez McCray connected with sr. WR Brandon Sanders on a nice 16-yard, left-side fade for a score to tie the game. This stretch allowed the Hawks to get their bearings and by the time the second half started they quickly put a stranglehold on the game. The Hawks’ defense forced three straight LaSalle punts in the third quarter and followed each with a touchdown. Soph. RB Kolbe Burrell gave the Hawks the lead for good with a one-yard score. This followed a 44-yard pass play from McCray to sr. WR James Cherry. Next, jr. RB Marques Mason raced 51 yards for a score. Then, McCray sprinted 45 yards for another to give the Hawks a commanding 28-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. McCray paced the offense with 134 yards passing. Defensively, sr. LB Bradley Cobaugh paced all with 11 tackles. Sr. DE Rayshad Wallace notched a sack amongst his 8 total stops. Sr. LB Phil O’Connor hustled for 8 tackles, while frosh. LB Jerimiah Trotter had a key third quarter sack. For LaSalle, Solecki rushed and passed (17-for-25, 147) for a score. Sr. WR Troy Holland was featured the most with eight catches for 64 yards. Sr. FB Joey Burnham ran hard for 105 yards on 13 carries. Sr. DB Isaiah Jones made six tackles, but played sparingly on offense. The hawks have now beat LaSalle in eight of their last none meetings.
Father Judge 21, Carroll 13 - After a scoreless first half the teams finally showed signs of life and it was Carroll who struck first. Sr. WR Dahmir Ruffin returned the second half kickoff 95 yards to finally ignite the scoreboard. After Judge fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the Patriots scored again on a 6-yard run by soph. QB Kamal Gary to lat claim to a 13-0 lead. However, it would be all Crusaders from here, as they scored on their last three possessions to earn a hard-fought win. Jr. QB Shane Dooley connected with sr. WR Steve Arrington (8-89) twice; 26 & 14 yards, respectively. The final tally was provided by sr. RB Tim Weldon (15-54) on a 14-yard run. This score came on the heels of a missed 31-yard field goal by the Pats. Judge accumulated 370 of offense and were paced by Dooley’s 157-yard passing and 65 yards on the ground. Jr. RB/WR Katob Joseph rushed 9 times for 100 yards, including a key 60-yard dash just prior to Weldon’s nail-in-the-coffin touchdown. Dooley added an interception on defense. For Carroll, Ruffin, jr. DB Zach Butler, and jr. DB Zebby Zarwie each had picks. Gray rushed 7 times for 83 yards.
Neumann-Goretti 22, O’Hara 21 - The Lions used a bit a trickery to grab a, 21-8, first half lead before the Saints did just enough to narrowly walkaway with a victory and remain unbeaten. Trailing, 8-0, early in the second quarter the Lions received a 52-yard scoring pass to sr. WR Justin Santilla from sr. RB Taseer Jones on a halfback pass. On the Lions’ next possession once again Jones tossed a score. This time it went back to jr. QB Luke Sprague for 11 yards on a fake reverse. Then, after the Saints fumbled the kickoff, Sprague connected with jr. WR Chris Kirby on 7-yard score off an inside shovel pass. The Saints would regain some solid footing on the first play of the second half when sr. RB Chris Wells zoomed 50 yards for a score. A two-point run by sr. RB Leddie Brown made the score 21-16 Lions. O’Hara’s defense did force consecutive punts by the Saints on their next two possessions, but early in the fourth the Saints marched 62 yards on 11 plays (All runs) to grab the lead. Brown did the honors with a 9-yard burst. The Lions’ next possession would be a three-and-out. The Saints secured the win with three first downs. Brown’s 22-yard run was the capper and led to game-ending kneel downs. The Saints rolled 320 yards on the ground, as Wells (16-149), Brown (15-87, and sr. RB Quadir Monroe (12-75) all had moments. Defensively, the Saints held the lions to just 158 yards, including only 30 yards on the ground. For O’Hara, Jones completed all three of his passes for 90 yards and Santilla finished with 4 grabs for 95 yards.
Ryan 21, Roman 13 - Trailing, 13-7, late in the third quarter, Ryan sr. LB Mike Minniti neatly stepped in front of sailing pass along the Cahillites’ sideline and raced 44 yards for the score. Then, early in the fourth quarter they received some breathing room when frosh. WR Tyreek Chappell took a speed sweep and zipped 35 yards for a score. Roman would go onto hold the ball for fourteen plays and reach as far at the Ryan 10-yard line on their next series. However, the Cahillites would lose yards on their final four plays, with the last three coming on sacks. Sr. DB Chris Reed, sr. DE Jason Jefferson, and sr. DL Brett Tetlow did the honors. Jefferson rumbled fifteen yards on first down for Ryan and that led to kneel downs to settle it. The Raiders received 88 yard son 18 carries from jr. QB Jahlil Sanders, while Jefferson added 61 yards on 12 carries. Jr. DB Mekhi Lang and Chappell each had picks for the Raiders’ defense.For Roman, sr. RB Marquise Cooper scored twice on returns. First, he started the second half with a 75-yard kickoff return. Then, he added a 58-yard score on a fumble return. An earlier fumble return for 94 yards was wiped out due to a questionable, but unneeded block in the back. All total, Cooper amassed 241 all-purpose yards. Jr. QB Jeffrey Grosso finished with 152 yards passing, on a 14-for-24 showing. Soph. MP Malik Griffin made 7 catches for 55 yards.
Haverford High 42, Lansdale 14 - Despite running 76 offensive plays the Crusaders couldn’t slowdown Haverford nearly enough. The Fords exploded for 443 yards on just 36 offensive plays. Sr. RB Matt Casee and sr. QB Mike Dutkiewicz each scored rushing touchdowns, while soph. Danny Dutkiewicz battled for 104 yards on 28 totes for the Crusaders in defeat.
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 8 . . .
O’Hara 20, Conwell-Egan 13 -
The Lions used two fourth quarter touchdowns to earn a hard-fought victory of
the Eagles. Trailing, 13-7, entering the final stanza the Lions only needed to
travel forty yards after a short C-E punt. Sr. RB
7-play drive with a two-yard plunge. On the Lions next possession sr. RB
rushed ten yards and then fifty-nine yards on consecutive plays to give the
Lions the lead for good. Jones had his best outing of the season with 196 yards
on 16 carries. This was O’Hara’s highest rushing mark since
rushed for 226 yards on 33 lugs versus Carroll in the middle of the ’14 season.
passed for 109 yards with jr. WR
(6-44) his most frequent target. C-E’s last possession did reach the Lions’
29-yard line by sr. DL
notched a key sack on third down. This was Gould’s second sack in the game. The
Eagles were led by jr. RB
with 149 yards on 24 carries, including a 38-yard touchdown. C-E’s first five
possessions of the second half ended in punts while only netting 44 yards of
West Catholic 50, Bonner-Prendie 0 - Both team’s offenses started their first possession with lost fumbles and hints of chaining-moving moments were at a premium early on in this from Widener University. Eventually the Burrs struck on a 81-yard scoring run by jr. WR Aaron Jenkins on a speed sweep late in the opening quarter. West would coast from here. West sacked B-P quarterbacks six times in the first half held the Friars to minus-54 yards rushing and just two yards of total offense for the game. Sr. OLB Rovny DaSilva, sr. LB Koddy Mills, sr. DL Keith Jenkins, and sr. DL CJ Pressley all made three stops for losses in the game. DaSilva was the recipient of one of the oddest touchdowns you will ever see. With a Friars’ receiver coming across in motion a premature snap ricocheted off his leg and went right to DaSilva in the air before the ball hit the ground. He easily trotted in from 30 yards out. Jr. DB Shakur Smalls later added an 81-yard score of an interception. Sr. QB Da’Vion Kidd Jackson supplied two scoring runs (55 & 5 yards) for West and jr. RB Jacir Savoy added 96 yards on 12 carries. For the Friars, sr. LB James McGillian recovered a fumble, while soph DL Chilekasi Adele and jr. DE Rushawn Lawrence each had two TFLs.
St. Joe’s Prep 42, Judge 7 - The Hawks notched touchdowns on their first four offensive possessions game and added a defensive score amongst them for good measure. Sr. QB Marquez McCray (10-for-13, for 123 yards), Soph. RB Kolbe Burrell (Two), and frosh. RB Noble House each found end zone on short rushing scores. Jr. Alexander Michael scored on a 39-yard interception return. Jr. LB Nicholas Bikah added a 37yard pick-six off a batted ball by jr. DL Raymond Cobb. Other defensive headliners included; sr. DE Rayshad Wallace (Fumb Rec, 1.5 sacks), sr. DL Jerry Feehery (1.5 sacks), and frosh. LB Jerimiah Trotter Jr. (Fumb. Rec.), who is the son of the ex-Eagles’ standout of the same name. The Crusaders’ avoided the shutout on a 8-yard scoring pass from from jr. QB Shane Dooley to jr. WR Katob Joseph (8 receptions), who compiled 105 of his 120 receiving yards in the final quarter. Jr. QB Matt Konen completed 6-of-10 passes for 110 yards in the final twelve minutes of action. Sr. LB Ed Fahey (seven) and soph. DE Tareff Howell (six) were active in the tackling area and both had a pair of TFLs amongst their stops.
Wood 49, Carroll 7 - Holding a 14-0 lead the Vikings broke open the game with three quick scores late in the second quarter. Once again special teams served the Vikes well during this stage of the contest. First, sr. WR Tahmir Barksdale’s 22-yard punt return led to a 18-yard scamper for sr. RB Nasir Peoples (7-50). Next, it was Peoples doing the honors on a punt return when he raced 74 yards to paydirt. On the ensuing kickoff the Patriots fumbled and sr. QB Jack Colyar found sr. WR Ryan Loughlin for 25 yards to make the score, 35-0. This was the second time these two hooked-up. Earlier they connected on nice 47-yard pass play. Colyar was an efficient 7-for-9, for 131 yards in the game. He also added a score on a 1-yard sneak. Jr. RB Chris Blackstone (8-100) ran well after the intermission and contributed a 60-yard touchdown run. Defensively, jr. DE Sean McHugh and jr. DL Dylan Urbanowski spent time in Carroll’s backfield and help hold the Patriots to minus-three yards on 19 carries. For Carroll, soph. QB Kamal Gray flip to sr. WR Dahmir Ruffin in the flat was a bright spot as it ended with a 71-yard score.
Neumann-Goretti 40, Lansdale Catholic 7 - A banged-up Crusaders club hung for awhile versus the talented Saints, but sr. RB Chris Wells’ 78-yard kickoff return to start the second half wiped away any thoughts of having the Saints sweat this one out. N-G would go onto score thrice more in the half; frosh RB Tysheem Johnson 63-yard run, Wells 35-yard run, and sr. RB Quadir Monroe on a 12-yard run did the honors. All total, the Saints amassed 414 yards of offense. Jr. QB Charles Britt passed for 162 yards and sr. WR Yusuf Proctor accounted for 96 of those yards on four snags. The Crusaders were without sr. QB Michael Dutkiewicz and leading rusher sr. Matt Casee because of injury. Soph. RB Danny Dutkiewicz managed 63 yards on 17 totes. The Crusaders loan touchdown came on a 12-yard pass from soph. QB Peter McHugh to Dutkiewicz.
La Salle 42, Roman 7 - The Explorers made quick work of the Cahillites by scoring on all six first possessions and sprinting to a commanding, 42-0, halftime lead. Sr. QB Danny Solecki was mostly pinpoint going, 9-for-10, for 160 yards and four scores. Sr. WR Troy Holland (2-60) and frosh. WR Marvin Harrison Jr. (3-62) each caught a pair of touchdowns. Sr. FB Joey Burnham added two 1-yard scoring runs. La Salle accumulated 240 of their 326 total yards in the first half. On the other side of the ball that unit was just as dominant allowing just one Roman first down and forcing six punts during the opening twenty-four minutes of play. Sr. LB Liam Trainer and sr. DL Daniel Kuznetsov made multiple stops in the Cahillites backfield to spearhead things. Roman avoided the shutout late in the fourth quarter on a 81-yard scoring strike from jr. QB Jeffrey Grosso to soph. WR Malik Griffin (5-101) down the middle of the field.
McDevitt 41, Ryan 28 - The Lancers received two interceptions apiece from jr. DB Zay Scott and soph. DB Amari Jones with two of them leading directly to scores for the Lancers’ offense. Nursing a 35-28 lead, Scott’s second pick of the game placed the ball at the Ryan 2-yard line after a 41-yard return. From here, soph. QB Lonnie Rice (18-92) scored his third rushing touchdown of the game. Sr. RB Tyseem Caesar (5-43) and frosh. Jon Luke Peaker also added scoring runs. Rice had his best passing game of the season with 164 yards on a 11-for-20 showing. He hit jr. Robert Laurie-Clark for 60 yards on a late third quarter touchdown. McDevitt rolled to 356 yards of offense and 16 first downs. Ryan received a great outing from sr. RB Mike Minniti who accounted for 230 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in three different manners; 12-yard run, 9-yard reception, and 87-yard kickoff return. Jr. QB Jahlil Sanders rushed for 48 yards (TD) and passed for another 101 yards. Jr. LB Colin Boyd and soph. DD Justin Collier had interceptions for the Raiders.
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 7 . . .Conwell-Egan 30, McDevitt 3 – The Eagles broke open a tight, 7-3, contest at half by scoring on all four of their second half possessions. Jr. RB Patrick Garwo led the charge with two of his three touchdowns in the game. C-E’s scoring drives covered 52 (5-yard run by jr. QB Alex Goldsby), 30 yards (29-yard FG by soph. Jack Barreras), 37 yards (Garwo 7-yard run), and 56 yards (Goldsby 2-yard pass to Garwo). For the game, C-E accumulated 360 yards of offense, including a 24-carry, 177-yard effort from Garwo. Goldsby was an efficient 6-for-9, for 123 yards. Defensively, the Eagles only allowed a 30-yard field goal by sr. Dan Fiorella with 3:20 left in the second quarter. Defensively, sr. DL Quamee Francis (3 TFLs), jr. DE Dwayne Majors (Sack, TFL), and jr. LB Terome Mitchell (Sack, TFL) spearheaded a solid team effort. For McDevitt, soph. QB Lonnie Rice rushed for 90 yards on 14 carries. Sr. DE Nasir Pettus was active with a forced fumble and two TFLs. The Lancers hampered themselves with 13 penalties for 122 yards, including eight personal fouls
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 6 . . .
McDevitt 14 - The Friars
overcame a 14-0 deficit late in the first half to secure their first victory of
the season. Sr. DL Mike Killian
recovered a fumble at the Lancers’ 49-yard
late in the first half. Three plays after this, sr. WR/DB
scored his first of three touchdowns in the game. This one went for 35 yards on
a pass from jr. QB Shon Nelson
and gave the Friars the lift they so desperately needed. The Friars would knot
things after a 11-play, 45-yard drive with :32.8 seconds left in the third
quarter. This time Jackson took a snap from the wildcat formation and zipped 10
yards for the score. On B-Ps next possession, Jackson (4-136) caught a slant on
a 3rd-and-7 play, made the safety missed, and was off to the races for an
85-yard touchdown. It was just the second time this season the Friars held a
lead in a game. McDevitt appeared to be on their way to tying, or taking a lead,
with a first-and-goal at the Friars’ 7-yard on the following possession.
However, soph. LB Jimmy Basler
recovered a fumble. Unable to garner a first down to exhaust the game clock, B-P
Head Coach Jack Muldoon
once again called on Jackson to make a play. But this wasn’t you’re
run-of-the-mill type play. With 56 second left, Jackson received a snap from his
own 5-yard line and then proceeded to race around the end zone alluding McDevitt
would-be tacklers. Alas, a safety occurred but Jackson somehow go the clock down
:38.5 seconds. Amazing. As it turns out, the Friars probably needed this, as
McDevitt did reach the B-P 14-yard line with 1.7 seconds left. On the game’s
final play, soph. QB Lonnie Rice
slightly overthrew his receiver down the
middle of the field and soph. DB Ian
Edwards made a sprawling pick in the end
zone. This was McDevitt’s fifth turnover of the game. On the season, Jackson has
accounted for five of the six B-P touchdowns and 48.4% of their yards from
scrimmage. Soph. LB Charles Ingram
hustled for a pair sacks for the Friars. For the Lancers, frosh. RB Jon-
Luke Peaker (14-106) and Rice
(19-75) each had a rushing touchdown. Soph. DL
had two of the Lancers’ five sacks in the game
Lansdale Catholic 31, Conwell-Egan 21 - The Crusaders kept their encouraging play up with an impressive win at C-E this weekend. Trailing, 21-14, entering the fourth quarter LC erupted for 17 unanswered points. On a drive that started in the third quarter, the Crusaders marched 75 yards on 13 plays to tie the score after a sr. RB Matt Casee 1-yard plunge with 10:19 left. C-E would severely self-destruct from this point, as their next three possessions all ended with lost fumbles. The Crusaders would cap their next possession with a 9-play, 44-yard drive with a 22-yard field goal by soph. Brendan Menges with 4:20 left. Next, impressive soph. RB Danny Dutkiewicz would race 39 yards with 1:13 to play. C-E’s last chance ended with sr. LB Alex Arnow’s third fumble recovery of the game after a sack by sr. LB Jake Doheny. For the second consecutive week Casee (17-106-3 TDs) and Dutkiewicz (20-136) both eclipsed the 100-yard barrier. LC as a team churned out 301 yards on 50 carries. Led by soph. LB Kevin Gianoni the Crusaders held C-E’s star rusher jr. Patrick Garwo in check. The speedy and powerful back did score twice, but only netted 66 yards on 17 lugs. C-E’s other score came on a 50-yard pass from jr. QB Alex Goldsby to frosh. FB Dajuan Harris.
La Salle 34, Father Judge 0 - The Explorers methodically dispatched the Crusaders to improve to (5-1, 2-0) in the PCL Red. The Explorers defensive line was a force all evening. Seven times they sacked Judge jr. QB Shane Dooley. Sr. DL Daniel Kuznetsov led with 2.5 sacks, while sr. DL Stephen Matchett (1.5),sr. DL Garrett Zobel (one), sr. DE Chris Maloney (one), sr. LB Liam Trainer (half), and soph. LB Dillon Trainer (half) all made their presence felt. Judge’s six first half possession had a starting average of the 16-yard line. Offensively, sr. QB Danny Solecki was an efficient 18-for-28, for 195 yards and one scoring pass to sr. WR Troy Holland (5-58). Sr. RB/WR Octavious Carter amassed 122 yards of rushing/receiving. Sr. K Daniel Karrash boomed two field goals of 32 and 35 yards. For Judge, Dooley was game throughout and had 173 yards on his ten completions. Jr. RB/WR Katob Joseph had four catches for 101 yards and made an interception on defense. Sr. RB Tim Weldon rushed for 95 yards on 15 carries. Judge had plays of 52, 43, 42, 32, and 24 yards in the game. Unfortunately, their other 48 plays only netted 62 yards of offense.
Wood 42, Ryan 6 - Behind the running of sr. RB Nasir Peoples and two defensive scores by team leaders the Vikings easily pulled away from the Red Raiders. On the game’s first offensive snap, Peoples raced 77 yards for a touchdown which would propel him to a 177-yards and three-score outing on just 12 carries. He later added scoring runs of 28 & 1 yards. Defensively, sr. LB Matt Palmer stripped the ball from Ryan jr. QB Jahlil Sanders and then walked in for a 7-yard score. Later, rugged sr. LB Tyler Smith picked-off a Sanders pass and lumbered 35 yards for yet another defensive score. Earlier, this duo combined for a sack (Palmer) and fumble recovery (Smith). Jr. DB Kevin Otto added an interception for the Vikings. Ryan’s lone score did make the score 7-6 Wood with 3:34 left in the opening quarter. Sanders flipped to jr. WR Kyron Long for 14 yards on the play. The score was set-up by an interception by soph. LB Eric Rivera. Sanders either rushed or passed 39 times in the game, but due to a stifling Wood defense was only able to pick-up 110 yards of offense.
Roman 6, Carroll 0 - The Cahillites recorded their first shutout since blanking Thanksgiving Day rival Roxborough (48-0) in the last game of the 2012 seasons and the first league shutout since silencing Ryan, 36-0, in the middle part of the 2010 campaign. The lone score came in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard run by sr. RB Marquise Cooper (16-88). A 23-yard punt return by sr. WR Donathan McCants gave Roman the ball at the Carroll 26-yard line to start the drive. Cooper rushed for 11 & 3 yards before the capper. Carroll had two more possessions to try and score and both advanced into Roman territory. However, both ended on fourth down sacks. First, sr. DL Michael Leyland brought down Carroll soph. QB Kamal Gray. Then, soph. LB Kienan Pope ended any comeback bid late in the game. For Carroll, fullback Russell Minor-Shaw ran hard to the tone of 115 yards on 15 carries. On defense, sr. LB Bobby Ferry had a 22-yard return off an interception. There were fourteen completions between the teams in the game, but said completions only managed 60 yards. City record?
Neumann-Goretti 20, West Catholic 6 - This was the Saints first regular season defeat of the Burrs ever. Their last one came when they were still the Pirates of St. John Neumann in the 2002 season. The Saints did best the Burrs in the PCL Blue title game in 2014. This one had a defensive tone throughout and was extremely physical. The Saints broke the scoreless tie with 5:16 left in the second quarter. Sr. RB Leddie Brown (15-93) bounced off not one, but two tackle attempts and somehow got down the left sideline for a 48-yard score. Impressive! Meanwhile, the Saints defense kept West and dual-threat sr. QB Da’Vion Kidd-Jackson in check basically throughout. Kidd-Jackson completed just one of seven attempts for four yards and his 12 totes went for a minus-seven. A week earlier he accounted for 347 yards of rushing/passing. Sr. DL Christian Barmore showed little manners in disrupting things along the line of scrimmage. And when he wasn’t on the scene, sr. LB Jayvonne Campfield was (8 tackles). These two accounted for 1.5 sacks each, while Campfield added three other TFLs. Sr. S Dymir Cave was bringing the lumber from the secondary all night and made 7 tackles. Brown started the second half with a 71-yard kickoff return, but the Burrs held. Moments later the talented runner unleashed a 45-yard punt return to the West 16-yard line. Two plays later, jr. QB Charles Britt neatly sold a bootleg and slipped in from the 18-yard line. With 7:56 remaining in the contest Britt (12-82) added his second score of the game on a 16-yard run. West avoided the shutout after N-G had a faulty snap on a punt with a 9-yard run by jr. RB Jacir Savoy with 2:01 left. Savoy played well after a slow start and toughed out 116 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, West held their own for the most part. Sr. DL CJ Pressley was a force throughout and made ten tackles, with four going for losses. Sr. LB Rovny DaSilva added nine stops and recovered a fumble.
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 5 . . .
LaSalle 45, Ryan 7 - Four the fourth time in five weeks the Explorers eclipsed forty points in a game. Fifteen different players had either a rush or a reception for LaSalle’s balanced offense. Sr. QB Danny Solecki making his third start for the injured Isaiah Jones continues to impress. Over the last three weeks he is completing 71% of his passes and has tossed seven touchdowns. In this one he combined for 183 yards of passing/rushing and a touchdown of each. Sr. K Daniel Karrash had a night with a 22-yard FG, 6-for-6 on PATs, and five touchbacks. Sr. RB Octavious Carter raced 79 yards on the second half kickoff to push the game to mercy rule status. Sr. LB Austin Lemke set the tone early for LaSalle’s defense with a sack, TFL, and two batted passes near the line. For Ryan, jr. QB Jahlil Sanders earned his 115 yards of offense. His 7-yard pass to jr. WR Kyron Long was the lone Ryan score in the game. LaSalle hasn’t lost to Ryan since 2006.....O’Hara 21, Bonner-Prendie 0 - The Lions’ defense posted their third shutout of the season and held the Friars to just 81 yards of offense. Sr. DL Tyric Gould was a man possessed with 13 tackles and three sacks. Sr. DL Tom Wertz also notched a pair of sacks, while sr. DB Kendall Jones and jr. DB Derrick Patrick added interceptions. Sr. LB Blair Cameron chipped-in with a 31-yard return on a fumble to set-up a score. Jr. QB Luke Sprague tossed a pair of touchdowns to sr. RB Taseer Jones (30 yards) and jr. WR Chris Kirby (20 yards). For B-P, sr. WR Kyrin Jackson turned his five touches into 57 yards of offense. The Friars’ ten offensive possessions either ended with a punt or a turnover.....Conwell-Egan and rusher supreme Patrick Garwo wasted little time doing away with Schuylkill Valley and rolled to an easy, 56-24, win. Forty-two of those points came in the opening quarter. Garwo stormed to 288 yards and 5 touchdowns on just 12 carries. All of his damage was done in the opening half. The 288 total fell just two yards short of the school record of 290 yards set by all-timer Steve Slaton in ’01. Garwo’s scores covered 5, 35, 51, 42, and 57 yards. C-E’s three other scores totaled 99 yards in distance; sr. QB Alex Goldsby (30-yard run), jr. RB Terome Mitchell (48 yards on pass from Goldsby), and frosh. RB Andrew Garwo (21-yard run). All total, C-E amassed 413 yards of offense on just 38 plays. Defensively, jr. DL Dwayne Majors was a force with four TFLs in the first half.....Neumann-Goretti 42, McDevitt 7 - The Lancers appeared to grab some early momentum when they prevented a Saints’ score at their 5-yard line on N-G’s first possession of the game. However, three plays later the Saints’ frosh. DB Tysheem Johnson returned an interception 39 yards for a score and they never looked back. A 20-yard scoring pass from jr. QB Charles Britt to sr. WR Jaron Macon with just 20 seconds left in the half pushed the score to, 30-0. Sr. RB’s Leddie Brown (109 yards) and Chris Wells (80 yards) turned their 20 combined carries into 189 yards. Britt added 74 yards (22-yard TD) on the ground and 118 yards thru the air. N-G ripped-off 439 yards of offense. The Saints' one blemish was that they accumulated 132 yards on 14 penalties. The Lancers’ undoing was that they failed to cover three loose kickoffs and let two others settle inside the ten. Soph. WR/DB Amari Jones stood out for the Lancers with an interception and a 45-yard touchdown reception from soph. QB Lonnie Rice.....West Catholic 40, Lansdale Catholic 28 - No shortage of wildness in this one and it pretty much started and ended with highlight type moments. On Lansdale’s first possession a fumble occurred around midfield and for what seemed like an eternity the ball remained lost amongst a mass of humanity. Finally, it squirted free at the West 40-yard line and right into the waiting hands of sr. RB Matt Casee who took care of things from here with an easy score. Now, let’s fast forward to the latter stages. With the Burrs holding onto a six-point lead the Crusaders ran play fifteen of their drive from the West 15-yard line. A right-side fade by sr. QB Mike Dutkiewicz was under thrown and jr. DB Wilbert Mulbah easily made the pick and then proceeded to race 97 yards for the clinching score. Just 16.6 seconds were left on the game clock. The teams combined for 1,047 all-purpose yards. West sr. QB Da’Vion Kidd Jackson accounted for 4 touchdowns and 347 rushing (16-194) and passing yards. Jr. RB Jacir Savoy chipped-in with 91 yards on 16 carries (TD) and jr. WR Seth Degree had an 80-yard receiving touchdown. For LC, Casee (23-137) and soph. RB Danny Dutkiewicz (17-104) ran well. West’s jr. LB Damon Studstill paced all defenders with ten tackles. The Burrs were plagued with penalties to the tone of 17 for 150 yards.....St. Joe’s Prep 38, Carroll 6 - Five different SJ Prep players scored touchdowns and the Hawks shook-off a sluggish first half to easily notch their 18th straight win. Leading only, 10-0, the Hawks forced a three-and-out to start the second half and then needed just four plays to score what would be the first of four consecutive touchdowns. Jr. RB Marques Mason (11-86) and soph. RB Kolbe Burrell (6-58) each rushed for a score. A pair of Hawk back-up QBs; soph. CJ Duell and frosh. Kyle McCord tossed scoring passes in relief. As they have done all year the Hawks used special teams plays to create scoring opportunities. Jr. DB Nicholas Bikah recovered a muffed punt and sr. WR Brandon Sanders blocked a punt. for Carroll, they avoided the shutout on a 38-yard run by jr. RB Zebby Zarwie with 4:53 left in the game. Jr. DB Zach Butler had a 20-yard return on an interception that prevented a possible Hawks’ touchdown.....Wood 38, Roman 6 - The Vikings raced to a dominating, 38-0, halftime lead and coasted from there. Sr. RB Nasir Peoples started the scoring with a 23-yard run on the game’s first possession. On Roman’s next drive, jr. DE Sean McHugh blocked a punt and sr. DE Adrian Lambert scooped and scored from six yards out. Wood’s defense held Roman to 126 yards of offense, but 83 of them came two of the Cahillites’ final two plays of the game. Jr DB’s Brad Otto and Eric DeFeo paced the defense with an interception each. Sr. WR Tahmir Barksdale added a 58-yard punt return score for good measure. Roman’s soph. RB Malik Griffin sped 35 yards for Roman’s lone score late in the third quarter. All Total, Griffin managed 88 yards of rushing/receiving.....In one of the more exciting games of the weekend Judge edged Salesianum, 21-20, in a thriller at Northeast high school. On the game’s final play Salesianum hooked a 49-yard field goal attempt. On the play prior to this sr. LB Mark Maguire and sr. DL Dan Adams combined to sack the QB for about an 8-yard loss. Earlier in the game the Crusaders had not one, but two goal line stands. The first one ended the first half with the ball inside the one-yard line. Later, in the third quarter, they forced a fumble inside the three-yard line. Jr. QB Shane Dooley was cool and collective throughout and had an efficient 11-for-15, with 179 yards outing. He tossed three TD passes; sr. WR Steve Arrington (28 & 13 yards) and jr. MP Katob Joseph (22 yards) did the honors. Sr. Tim Weldon paced the ground attack with 66 yards on 18 rugged carries.
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 4 . . .
Bishop McDevitt 10, O’Hara 7 - These teams entered their PCL Blue Division season opener with unblemished records and in a defensive struggle the Lancers edged the Lions to remain unbeaten at Cheltenham High School. Soph. LB Nasire Griffin took an interception 26 yards for the game’s first score. Two plays earlier soph. QB/DB Lonnie Rice raced 59 yards with a pick, but a tremendous hustle play by the Lions’ senior WR/DB Justin Santilla forced a fumble at the 1-yard line that saw ball rollout of the end zone for a touchback. A errant center snap on O’Hara’s next possession led to a 22-yard field goal by senior Dan Fiorella that proved to be the difference in a hard-fought Lancers’ win. Soph. DL Tyrone Fowler racked-up three sacks in the game, including two on the Lions’ final possession. O’Hara ran thirty more offensive plays than McDevitt, but five turnovers was their undoing. In the second quarter, sr. QB Bobby Siderio appeared to score on a 9-yard run, but was marked down on the half-yard line. Disaster struck next, as another poor snap saw the Lions lose 8 yards, and then on a field goal attempt McDevitt’s Lawrence Richardson stormed in for the block. Rice led all rushers in the game with 90 yards on 15 carries. Freshman RB Jon-Luke Peaker entered the game averaging 173.0 per game, but O’Hara stifled him to the tone of only 24 yards on 13 carries.....After having their game versus Germantown Academy scratched, Neumann-Goretti narrowly escaped Northeast with a sluggish, 8-7, victory. Massive OL/DL Justin Johnson fell on a fumble to prevent a possible Vikings’ score at the 8-yard line with just over a minute left. Seconds later with N-G trying to ice the game, sr. RB Leddie Brown (15-87) was slammed at the one-yard line. Initially, the Northeast faithful thought a safety has occurred, but Brown clearly got out of the end zone before getting hit. Great footage by the Daily News’ Aaron “Ace” Carter to show the play. Good job by the referees in making the right call. N-G’s biggest offensive moment came shortly after Northeast grabbed a 7-0 lead in the third quarter. Jr. QB Charles Britt flipped to sr. WR Jaron Macon on a bubble screen who proceeded to race 78 yards to the Northeast 16-yard line. On the next play, sr. RB Chris Wells scampered in. Then, Britt tossed to jr. WR Tre’Sean Bouie for the go-ahead conversion.....La Salle 42, Carroll 6 - The Explorers set the tone early and never looked back. Four of their first five possessions ended in touchdowns, while the Pats managed just one first down and five punts on their first five times with the ball. Sr. RB Octavious Carter sped to 125 yards on 9 carries and three scores to pace LaSalle’s 402-yard outburst. Sr. K Daniel Karrash was 6-for-6 on PATS and belted four kickoffs for touchbacks. The Explorers defense held Carroll’s multi-purpose star Dahmir Ruffin to no receptions and 19 yards rushing on eight carries. Carroll’s lone offensive highlight was a nice pitch-and-catch from soph. QB Kamal Gray to sr. WR Carlon Brown for 46 yards.....Roman had a first half to forget in their, 21-7, defeat to Springside Chestnut Hill. Defensively, they allowed SCH to score touchdowns on three of their first four possessions with less than fifteen minutes of game clock exhausted. Offensively, they managed just 22 yards of offense, punted three times, lost a fumble, and muffed a punt. The overall play was better in the second half, but by that time it was too little too late. They avoided the donut on a 4-yard run by sr. RB Marquise Cooper with just seconds left. Jr. QB Jeffrey Grosso hit seven different receivers on his 11 completions (126 yards). The Cahillites have now scored 7 or less in three of their four outings.....West Catholic 38, Conwell-Egan 0 - The Burrs used an errant Eagles’ pitch to start the second quarter to unleash a thirty-eight point onslaught. On a play that started at the C-E 45-yard line, West jr. LB Damon Studstill finally scooped up the pigskin and carried multiple would-be tacklers for a 22-yard score. Jr. RB Jacir Savoy rushed for four touchdowns in the game and amassed 139 yards on 16 carries. Sr. DL Keith Jenkins blocked a punt to set-up a score and forced a fumble. Jr. Kha’Jey Frazier (fumble recovery) and sr. Koddy Mills (forced fumble) each had a sack from their linebacker positions. West held usually potent C-E ground attack to just 26 yards on the ground and 64 total yards. Star jr. RB Patrick Garwo was held in check and managed just 39 yards on 13 totes. Jr. Dwayne Majors and jr. LB Terome Mitchell (Six returns for 125 yards) each made a pair of TFLs for the Eagles.....St. Joe’s Prep 27, Wood 7 - The pivotal sequence in this contest came in the second quarter with the Hawks leading, 10-7. On a 3rd-and-two from the Hawks’ 30-yard line, Wood jr. QB Jack Colyar hit sr. FB Adrian Lambert in the right flat. Lambert raced 30 yards for what appeared to be the go-ahead score, but sr. TE Kyle Pitts leveled a Hawks’ defender on a crack-back block and was whistled for a personal foul. This is a new rule in high school football, as the powers-to-be either want the blocker to just get in the way or have their hands away from their body. Based on that interpretation it appeared to be the correct call. Alas, the Vikings couldn’t overcome the penalty and eventually punted. Six plays later jr. Marques Mason (19-80) dashed seven yards to increase the lead to, 17-7. Wood would not pass the Hawks’ 39-yard line for the rest of the contest. Prep QB Marquez McCray was an efficient 9-for-15, for 144 yards. Defensively, the Hawks were led by jr. DB Myles Talley with eight tackles and jr. DB Zach Bougess who added a late-game interception. For Wood, sr. RB/DB Nasir Peoples (23-130) ran hard and was effective against a defense that has stymied the running games of previous opponents. Sr. LB’s Matt Palmer (sack) and Tyler Smith halved 18 tackles.....Lansdale 13, Bonner-Prendie 12 - It was nice to see a couple of teams who have struggled to muster much offense early this season finally churn out some yards. The teams combined for 647 yards between them. The Friars who had trailed, 7-0, for most of the game scored twice in less than a five minute span to start the fourth quarter. Sr. QB Shon Nelson first hit sr. WR Kyrin Jackson for 72 yards and then later found sr. WR Ryan Beck on a 29-yard pass play. Lansdale responded with an 8-play, 71-yard drive to re-take the lead with 4:07 to play. Sr. RB Matt Casee (26-183) did the honors with a 1-yard plunge. He contributed 55 yards on 4 carries on the drive. Soph. Danny Dutkiewicz (16-97) also ran well for the Crusaders. On B-P’s final possession they reached the LC 49-yard line, but a Casee sack ended the threat. Soph. DB Andrew McDonald had an interception and recovered a fumble for the Crusaders. Jr. RB Ty Gundy (17-107) ran well and Nelson hustled for 178 yards (138 in 2nd half) of rushing/passing for the Friars......Ryan 20, Judge 13 - The Raiders used a late interception by soph. DB Justin Collier to end the Crusaders comeback bid. These neighborhood rivals have now evenly split the last six meetings. Ryan’s jr. QB Khalil Sanders passed/rushed for 257 total yards and a pair of scores. Sr. RB Jason Jefferson added 93 yards on the ground. Judge QB Shane Dooley shined in defeat with 293 yards of passing/rushing and a couple of scoring throws. Sr. WR Steve Arrington was his main target with 6 receptions and 107 yards.
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 3 . . .
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 2 . . .
The defending 6A state champs St. Joe’s Hawks got off to a good start in their 22-7 besting of Tampa Jesuit (FL) this past Friday. With numerous defensive starters returning that side of the ball did more than their fair share in the opener. The Hawks held Jesuit to just 48 yards of offense (-14 rushing) and combined for 15 TFLs/sacks in the game. Rugged DL Ryan Bryce notched three fourth quarter sacks. Meanwhile, OLB Zach Snider seemed to be everywhere and led the Hawks with 8 tackles, including a sack and a fumble recovery. DL Jake Feehery notched a sack that caused a safety, while S Dawson DeIuliis blocked a field goal attempt. The final nail in the coffin was provided by heady LB Phil O’Connor, who picked off a Jesuit pass and raced 60 yards to paydirt. It doesn’t get any easier for the Hawks this week as they’ll host North Jersey power St. Peter’s Prep (Ranked #4 in NJ by USA Today) at Widener University on Saturday night.....In soggy Wildwood Saturday the West Catholic defense shined on an otherwise gloomy afternoon. The Burrs held Roman to minus-33 yards of offense (81 total yards for the game) and no first downs in the 2nd half of their 24-0 win over Roman. Star OLB/DE Rovny Dasilva blocked a punt for a safety and later added a pair of sacks. Sr. DL Keith Jenkins was once again a force along the defensive line. In two weeks he had piled up six TFLs. Sophomore RB Zahir Booker only carried the ball once in West’s opener, but churned out 162 yards (2 TDs) on 21 totes in this one.....Roman got a good performance from soph. DE Jerome Best, who made seven tackles and forced a fumble. Promising soph. LB Brian Burton suffered a lower leg injury early in the second quarter and didn’t return.....O’Hara dismantled an undermanned Mastbaum club to the tone of 42-0. In two weeks the Lions have outscored their opponents, 87-0. Last year after two weeks the Lions blitzed opponents, 77-6. Twelve different O’Hara players had either a rush or reception in the game.....McDevitt slipped past Cheltenham this weekend, 14-13, and it was the first time the Lancers have beaten their neighborhood rivals since ’09. Once again freshman RB Jon-Luke Peaker had a day (Or night). This week he dashed his way to 165 yards on 20 carries, including a 4th quarter 1-yard TD run that was the difference. Peaker now has 317 yards (11.2 ypc) in two games. In the final minute, Cheltenham scored to draw within a point. Initially, they opted for the tie, but a McDevitt penalty before the attempt persuaded them to go for two and the win. Defensive linemen Giancarlo Kelly and Jarred Warren were wall-like in preventing the Panthers’ QB from getting in on a sneak.....Bonner-Prendie was shut out for the second consecutive week and it’s the first time the Friars have suffered back-to-back donuts since the ’08 season when they were blanked thrice consecutively. B-P will look to get things going this weekend when they host Penn Charter at their on-campus field.....For Lansdale Catholic reliable RB/LB Matt Casee turned in a good day’s work with 100 yards on 15 carries and an interception on defense.....Carroll’s senior do-everything Dahmir Ruffin combined for 180 yards of rushing/receiving and FIVE TDs (four receiving) in the Patriots’ thrilling double-OT win over Conwell-Egan. His third scored tied the game with 21.2 seconds left. He then tallied one in each overtime session. Trailing 38-37 Pats’ head coach Dan Connor opted to go for two and soph. QB Kamal Gray flipped the winning conversion WR Carlon Brown. Unsung play of this game goes to Zach Butler, who smartly fielded a punt near the sideline and returned it 21 yards to the C-E 44-yard line prior to his team’s game-tying drive. Far too many returners across high school football either hesitate or shy away from such moments. I believe that without this return Carroll never gets close enough to tie the game.....In Ryan’s 38-14 loss to St. Joseph’s College (NY) junior QB Jahlil Sanders, a recent transfer from West Catholic, rushed for 92 yards and passed for another 90. DB/WR Kyron Long had a solid outing with 55 yards on 4 catches. He also made an interception on defense.....Wood received 88 yards on 17 carries from VA Tech recruit Nasir Peoples in their 34-14 defeat to Paramus Catholic (NJ), who was ranked #5 team in NJ by USA Today. The 20-point margin is the largest defeat the Vikings have suffered since they lost (49-27) to Allentown Central Catholic in the 2010 3A state final. It doesn’t get any easier for Wood now, as they’ll travel to North Jersey to tangle with USA Today’s #2 team in NJ, Bergen Catholic.....La Salle was game but just couldn’t match a physical and speedy McDonogh School (MD) club. The 21-9 defeat came at the hands of the #4 team in Maryland according to the USA Today. Twice McDonough unleashed 80-yard touchdowns. Star QB Isaiah Jones injured his leg on the last play of the first quarter and didn’t return. The extent of his injury is not yet known. Jones missed all of last season with a knee injury, so let’s hope that this one is far less serious. Prior to exiting he had already amassed 65 yards of offense and his departure surely hurt the Explorers’ chances. Sr. QB Dan Solecki filled in admirably and threw for 150 yards in relief. WR Brett Mallee filled the wildcat role for the Explorers and combined with receiving accumulated 146 yards. For good measure he completed one pass for another 19 yards. LaSalle will host a very good Malvern team this Saturday in one of the area’s more marquee match-ups this coming weekend.....Conwell-Egan surely has a bad taste in their mouths after their heartbreaking double-OT loss to Carroll. The Eagles held a 21-10 lead in the fourth quarter and then after DL Chauncey Kratee ripped a ball out of a Carroll rusher’s arms a win appeared to be sealed. Alas, C-E couldn’t manage another first down and had to punt. Additionally, C-E turned the ball over four times in the game. The rest is history. Freshman RB Dejuan Harris did raise eyebrows with 102 yards on 13 lugs. Star junior rusher Patrick Garwo managed 71 yards on 11 carries, but 61 came on one jaunt early in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, Carroll’s defense did a good job of bottling up the productive back.....For Judge junior QB Shane Dooley bounced back from an uneven performance in week one versus Ridley by tossing for 197 yards and adding another 42 on the ground. Dooley’s scoring passes went for 20, 40, 35, and 41 yards. Two of them found sr. WR Steve Arrington, who beautifully used stop-and-go moves to beat his defender. Judge was an excellent 11-for-15 on 3rd down conversions in the game and at one point converted eight straight in the second half. Now, that’s getting it done. A couple of good performances in the fourth quarter for SCH kept things interesting. Jr. QB Aaron Angelos, a SJ Prep transfer, had 186 of 210 passing yards. His main target was soph. WR Ke’Shawn Williams (9-170) who erupted for 7-148 and two scores in the final stanza.....Neumann-Goretti’s game in Wildwood versus Frankford was cancelled when the weather just became too much for the grass field to handle. The Saints still haven’t played a game. They will host Interboro this coming Saturday......Who says we’re in the passing era of high school football? Six PCL Blue division teams averaged just 29.7 passing yards between them this past weekend.
Huck’s Catholic League Notes from Week 1 . . .