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MIFFLINTOWN — Going into Friday night’s Homecoming 2011 football game, Juniata was looking to even its mark at 2-2, while on the other side of the field, winless Bellefonte (0-3) was simply looking to be respectable and hopefully come away with a win.

 

 

Coming out of the game, the Indians did even their mark at 2-2, while for Bellefonte, it was much of the same as they came out on the short end of a 50-0 final at rain soaked Deitrick Field.

 

 

“It has been a long time since we had a win like this one,” said Juniata head coach Gary Klingensmith. “Tonight everything was just clicking on all cylinders for us and we got a good effort from everybody who played.”

 

 

While Klingensmith was happy with the win and the effort of his squad, Bellefonte head coach Duffy Besch, although happy with the effort he got from his players, was disappointed with the way he prepared his team for the battle.

 

 

“I just didn’t have the kids ready,” said Besch. “I thought we had a good game plan coming in and I thought we had something we could put together, but obviously I wasn’t able to get them in the right place at the right time for them to do the right things. Our kids played the assignments we taught them, they played hard, but quite frankly this one (loss) is on me because I honestly feel that I didn’t have them prepared for this game.”

 

 

Through their first three games, the Indians featured a strong running game which averaged 237.3 yards per game. Doing the bulk of the leg work for the Red & Blue had been Cody Saner with 273 yards on 48 carries good for three scores, while Saner’s supporting cast of Adam Goshorn (23-151-2) and Neil Bodley (26-148-4) give the Indians a well-balanced attack.

 

 

However, with Goshorn and Bodley both dressed in street clothes and standing on the sideline nursing concussions, Klingensmith inserted Scott Sneath and Chad Eberle, and the Indian ground attack never missed a beat.

 

 

Eberle amassed 176 yards on eight carries good for a pair of scores, Sneath chipped in with 58 yards on a half dozen totes and Saner again went over the century mark with 140 yards on 11 tries while scoring twice. For the game, Juniata backs combined for 429 net yards rushing.

 

 

“We had a couple of our top running backs out and we had to practice all week with some new kids,” Klingensmith said. “The Eberle boy and the Welfley boy was in there and the kids never missed a beat.”

 

 

As for Besch, the absence of Goshorn and Bodley combined with insertion of Sneath and Eberle might have been responsible for throwing a wrench into the wheel of the Raider defensive scheme.

 

 

“I thought we were going to face a team that was going to power us and do some other things,” Besch said. “They were able to do some things differently than I had originally thought and when you fall behind like we did, it makes it tough to play catch-up. I didn’t have the team prepared the way that I was hoping to so now we are going to go back to the chalkboard because next week we have another game to play.”

 

 

Not only happy with the win, Klingensmith was also proud of the shutout his team tossed at the Raiders.

 

 

“We played well both offensively and defensively and this was our first shutout,” said Klingensmith. “Our defense was outstanding and I am very proud of them. I told the kids all season long that we are a good football team, but we just haven’t jelled yet, but tonight I think we did. Our record is deceiving at 2-2 because I feel that we can beat anyone our schedule.”

 

 

The Indians went on the warpath early and often as they scored 14 points in the opening period before adding another 29 in the second quarter for a 43-0 halftime lead.

 

 

Sneath opened the scoring when he ripped off a 38-yard scoring jaunt before Saner tallied the second Juniata TD on an 11-yard run.

 

 

Colton Shertzer got into the act to open the second period scoring on a 1-yard run, and following Shertzer’s score, it only took the Indians three plays to score more three touchdowns when Saner ripped off the left side of his line from 55 yards out before Eberle raced 74 and 41 yards for his pair of scores.

 

 

With the reserves of both teams on the field, Dakota McNemar scored on an 11-yard run for Juniata’s seventh touchdown of the night.

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Warminster, Pa. The Archbishop Wood Vikings showed why they may be the premier AAA in the state by dominating previously undefeated St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks, 42-7 in a rainy, muggy, non league affair at William Tenant High’s Claude Lodge field. The Hawks were coming off a resounding 51-33 win last week over North Penn.

 

 

Rutgers commit Desmon Peoples, back after a two week hiatus after suffering an ankle sprain in week one looked to be in peak form on the Vikes first possession accounting for 41 of the team’s 75 yard, 12 play drive that ended with a quarterback Joey Monaghan two yard flip to Kyle Adkins and a touchdown and 7-0 lead. Running hard behind their very physical front six, Peoples looked to be as explosive as last year.

 

 

Any momentum that the Hawks attempted to muster were immediately thwarted when Wood’s Nate Smith returned a Dan Sherry punt from 50 yards to paydirt and a 14-0 lead with time still left in the first quarter. On the Vikings next possession, Peoples cousin, Brandon Peoples (Temple commit) got into the act scoring from 28 yards out and a quick 21-0 deficit. Just prior to halftime Desmon scored from 58 yards and took a 28-0 lead into the locker room.

 

 

Both lines for Wood were in control from the start. The Hawks star quarterback and Penn State commit, Skyler Mornhinweg had very little time to throw and the Prep had literally no lanes to run thru. Mornhinweg and running backs Joe Lavalle, Vince Moffett and John Reid were unable to generate any kind of running game because the Vikings front seven played downhill the entire game.

 

 

The second half started like the first ended, this time with Wood generating a 95 yard drive and Brandon Peoples scoring from one. The mercy rule came into effect with over six minutes left in the third quarter. This one, from start to finish was a dominant one for Wood. Both Peoples ran for over 100 yards and their offensive line (including three division 1 commits) gave the Hawks line headaches all night.

 

 

With the win the Vikings improved to 3-1 and will go up against Glen Mills in another non league game. The Hawks suffered their first defeat (3-1) and will open up their AAAA, PCL conference schedule next week with a tilt vs. Father Judge.

 

 

Scoring By Quarters

 

 

1st Quarter

 

 

Wood- Kyle Adkins 2 pass from Monaghan- Nick Visco kick

 

 

Wood-Nate Smith- 50 yard punt return- Nick Visco kick

 

 

2nd Quarter

 

 

Wood-Brandon Peoples 28 yard run- Nick Visco kick

 

 

Wood-Desmon Peoples- 58 yard run-Nick Visco  kick

 

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

Wood-Brandon Peoples- 1 yard run- Nick Visco kick

 

 

Wood- Ryan McMullin 5 yard run- Nick Visco kick

 

 

SJP- Skyler Mornhinweg- 1 yard run- Kick good

 

 

4th Quarter

 

 

No scoring

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BETHLEHEM – Whitehall used a potent running attack led by Andrew Harris and Nick Shafnsky on a rainy Friday night at BASD Stadium. The Zephyrs move to 4-0 in a 35-12 win over Liberty.

 

 

After a scoreless first quarter, Whitehall put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive, which ended in a Tanner Madouse four-yard score with 10:22 remaining in the first half.

 

 

Andrew Harris made it 14-0 Zephyrs on a three-yard run with 6:41 left in the half.

 

 

Liberty’s Quarterback James McCarthy cut the lead to 14-6 on a three-yard run. Harris put Whitehall up two scores on his second score of the quarter. His six-yard run put them up 21-6 at the half.

 

 

The only score in the third quarter went to Whitehall. Nick Shafnisky’s six-yard touchdown pass to Nate Hoenl increased their lead to 28-6.

 

 

The Zephyrs put the game away in the fourth quarter on a Madouse four-yard run with 4:39 remaining in the game.

 

 

Mike Harris of Liberty scored a late touchdown with 13 seconds remaining. Whitehall moves to 3-0 in their conference with a 35-12 win.

 

 

Whitehall rushed for over 250 yards and were led by Andrew Harris’ 128-yards and Nick Shafnsky’s 77-yard performance. Tanner Madouse added two scores.

 

 

Liberty’s quarterback James McCarthy rushed for 141 yards and one score.

 

 

Whitehall hosts Easton Area next Friday night. Liberty will try to rebound next Friday night at Parkland.

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Delco Christian came into this game with high expectations and wa on the same power trip that Calvary was against them the week prior. Enter Bristol. The Warriors came into this game hungry after constantly being trampled in preseason and regular season games.

 

 

As a result the Warriors came out strong in the first quarter as Coughlin put Bristol on the board first for the Warriors and in the second quarter Chris Gale would tack on another for Bristol. This was not because of a lack of positioning on the Knights front, as defensive coordinator Mike McKinney seemed to have all the personnel in the right places, however the elusiveness of Bristol High School quarterback Trevor Leone and outside speed from dual backs Chris Gale and Kennedy Davis put Bristol up early.

 

 

After some missed blocks and lack of discipline for the Knights part, they were down 14-0 late into the second quarter. After a late first half touchdown by Zac Moore, the Knights went into the half looking for a clean slate.

 

 

Powered by a fresh half and a strategy that was set to work, Delco Christian came out firing. After Leone was able to Houdini his way out of a few sacks and run for a couple of yards, Chris Gale scored AGAIN for the Warriors making the score 20-7.

 

 

That is when it got interesting. The point after was what probably should have put the game away for Bristol. Instead, Henry Miller for the Knights was able to get a hand on the kick and block it. That opportunity was all the Knights needed to start making their chances count. Led by the “four-headed monster” of Winkis, Moore, Monaghan and Tascone, the Knights offense simply outran the Warriors to the pylons.

 

 

Here is how the first drive of the third went for the Knights. Monaghan big gain, Moore big gain, Winkis up the middle for what seemed to be a short gain but he was able to shred what was the interior of the Bristol defense and hit paydirt. Crisanti followed with an extra point and Delco was within six.

 

 

Bristol was huge on special teams though and after exploiting what was probably the biggest weakness on the Delco Christian team with a 69 yard kickoff return, Bristol looked poised to strike. That is when Mother Nature decided she was tired of watching. After a fumble by Leone that the Knights recovered, things were looking up for Delco Christian.

 

 

The Knights offensive line really started to make big pushes on the Warriors and as a result the run game found their stride. Instead of talking about how big Winkis was up the middle or Moore on the outside, let me bring up one of my favorite things about this Knights team. Sam Tascone-Peters. While he will not bring in 100+ yards every game, this kid is clutch. Multiple third down conversions on a big Delco drive and he punched in the third and final Delco Christian touchdown and after a Crisanti kick the Knights had the lead 21-20.

 

 

Tascone and Grim were big in the secondary again for the Knights thwarting some beautifully thrown balls that were either almost picked or broken up by the Delco Christian secondary. After a few sacks the Knights had this nail biter wrapped up 21-20.

 

 

After a talk with Coach Jim Favino, I do not know if happy is the word to describe it, but he complimented the team, and the offensive line in particular on a gritty smash-mouth performance that improved the Knights record to a healthy 3-0 on the season and 3-0 BAL.

 

 

Next week the Knights have the George School at home.

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State College has  good a offense.  Really, they do.  But you wouldn’t know it by the final score of 45-21.  “Hard to win a game when you start every drive from your own 20? was what Little Lion coach Al Wolski had to say after watching his team start 10 out of 12 offensive drives at their own 20 thanks to the legs of CVs Lance Geesey and Garrett Long.

 

 

This was also a tale of two halves, the first which ended excitingly 14-13 in favor of CV, and the second which was 31-8 in favor of CV.  “I told them to play 24 more minutes” said Wolski. The Eagles of CV must have got the same speach.

 

 

Cumberland Valley started the game with a nice 70 yard drive, capped off on a nifty 21 yard td run by Aaron Hinish. Geesey nailed the pat to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.   State College followed with a nice drive of their own, getting to the CV 20 where Josh Clothiaux split the uprights from 37 yards out, making it a 7-3 ballgame.

 

 

The eagles answered with a 77 yard drive on the back of 2010 all stater Jeremy DiPietro, who led the Eagles with 129 yards on 12 carries.  Cole Johnson finished the drive on a 2 yard dive, his first of 2 tds on the night. The pat gave CV the 14-3 lead.  15 seconds later the score was 14-10 thanks in part to an 80 yard gallap on first down from Jack Haffner who had 132 hard fought yards in the first half. Clothiaux ended the scoring in the first half with a nice 34 yard field goal.

 

 

“We played the first half like we practiced all week, without intensity” said Cole Johnson.  The eagles found some intensity on their 1st possession of the 3rd quarter.  DiPietro showcased his nifty speed on a run of 41 yards to the endzone.

 

 

One State College possession later Geesey nailed a 24 yard field goal that would have been good from Harrisburg.  the score at the end of 3 was 24-13.  On the Little Lions very next offensive possession qb Josh Weakland threw his first of two bad passes, on 1st down, directly into the hands of an Eagles defender. Johnson got his 2nd td and the rout was on.  Scores by CV Tyler Kuhn (following Weaklands 2nd interception of the night)  and Tyler Updegraff finished the 45 point showing by the Eagles.

 

 

Weakland connected with Darian Herncane to cap the Little Lion scoring.  “We just couldn’t move the ball in the second half” was all Jack Haffner had to offer on why he only got a few carries in the entire second half.

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BLOSSBURG, PA: After four straight losses to the Black Knights of Towanda, this looked like it could be the year that the Panthers of North Penn got the monkey off their backs. The Panthers are stacked with veteran players – returning almost their entire starting line-up from last season. They had everything in place to finally knock-off their Northern Tier League rival. However, in a game marked by mud and mistakes, the Panthers faltered and Towanda continues their reign in the NTL.

 

 

Mid-way through the first quarter the Panther defense cam up with a big stop deep in their own territory at the five yard-line. Unfortunately, the offense could not capitalize as they fumbled the ball away on the very next play. The first turn-over of the contest resulted in a five yard touchdown run by Mason Roof and an early 7 – 0 lead for the Knights.

 

 

North Penn’s first score came after a 62 yard pitch-and-catch to Marquis Delgado reached the one yard-line. Jason Dehaven then punched it in from there. A failed PAT left the score 7 – 6. Both offenses struggled to move the ball with any consistency – trading possessions after short drives. Part way into the second period, Skye Stiner found the corner and clipped off runs of 25 & 32 yards. Well into the Towanda red-zone, the Panthers inched forward, but were forced to attempt a field goal on fourth-and-goal at the six. Max Colegrove’s 23 yard chip-shot was good and captured the lead at 9 – 7 for North Penn. The score remaind there through half-time.

 

 

With momentum in the Panthers’ favor, they kicked-off to Towanda to start the second half. Neither team could generate much offense and traded series twice to start the third quarter. Finally, the Knights found some traction and advanced to the Panther red-zone on a 25 yard catch by Stiner to the 19. Two consecutive penalties marched them back 15 yards, but Zach Ripic regained most of that on a 13 yard carry. An incomplete pass left them with a fourth-and-12 and a decision to make. Coach Dawsey opted for a 39-yard field goal try on the foot of Ripic. The kick was good and gave Towanda a slim lead at 10 – 9 with only 56 seconds left in the third.

 

 

On the very next offensive play, “fumble-itis” kicked in again, and the Panthers coughed-up the ball to the Knights at the NP 21. Roof capitalized on this turn-over with a 16-yard score to put Towanda up by eight. From there the Knights defense came up huge. After forcing two 3&out series and burning up precious time off the clock, they went into prevent mode on North Penn’s last shot at tying the game. The Panthers made their way just across mid-field where Dehaven was looking to go long to Delgado down the side-line. With Dehaven’s arm cocked to throw, a blitzing Jordan Dawsey found the ball ripe for the picking. Not only did he get the pick, but he ran it 52 yards for the score to seal the victory 23 – 9.

 

 

NORTH PENN(3-1) looks to regroup next week as they travel to Sayre(2-1) to take on the Redskins. The following week will be their next big test at Athens(4-0) in NTL – large school action, as look to compete for a play-off spot in the very competitive district IV “AA” field. In all, they committed five costly turn-overs against the Knights, and generally struggled with consistency on offense. On a brighter note, the defense held a normally potent Towanda offense to only one long drive, and, even then, came up with the stop.

 

 

TOWANDA(3-0) hosts a struggling Cowanesque Valley(0-3) next week. The Knights’ next big test will be the following week when they travel to Mifflinburg(4-0) to take on the undefeated Wildcats who just came off a big win, blanking Danville(3-1) 24 – 0. The Heartland Conference cross-over action will be a good litmus test for the Knights’ post-season potential. Tonight, they have their defense to thank for the win in an otherwise close game.

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ROSETO – The field general AJ Long led the way rushing for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Long completed 13 of 20 passes for 265 yards and two scores to lead Pius X over Marian Catholic 45-13 Saturday afternoon at Amelio Scott Alumni Stadium.

 

 

It was Pius X’s defense that set the tone. They stopped Marian Catholic on their opening drive. Pius X’s Boise Ross took the punt and returned it to the Colts 32 yard line. AJ Long only needed one play to find the end zone. He took the snap and went right down the sideline for the score. Pius X led 6-0 after the missed extra point.

 

 

The Colts drove deep in Pius X territory to only come up empty. Ross intercepted the ball in the end zone to end the drive. Off the turnover, Pius X drove 90 yards. Petey Hernandez finished off the drive plowing his way into the end zone for the two-yard score. The two-point conversion was no good and with 10:14 remaining in the first half Pius X led 12-0.

 

 

Another turnover by the Colts with 8:08 remaining in the half gave Pius X good field position. Three plays later Long went 14-yard for a score. Long’s pass to Matt Camilletti for the two-point conversion increased their lead to 20-0.

 

 

The Royals used a balanced running and passing attack to keep the Colts’ defense on their heels. With 1:44 remaining in the first half, Long weaved his way through the defense for the 26-yard run. Pius X increased their lead, 26-0. AJ Long said, “We wanted to come out and have a physical presence. We ran the ball efficiently in the first half and it opened up the pass in the second half.”

 

 

The first half came to an end on a Hernandez interception. The Royals dominated the first half running the ball and on defense forced three turnovers. They went into halftime with a commanding 26-0 lead.

 

 

Head coach Phil Stambaugh talked about AJ Long’s first half, ”AJ did a excellent job today and I made a comment to him about the first half. I said the reason the score is the way it is is because you are playing to that level. He did a lot of nice things with his feet and throwing the ball.”

 

 

In the second half Pius X started where they left off, driving right down the field. Long threw a 27-yard dart to Camilletti for the score.

 

 

Long’s pass to Camilletti two-plays earlier broke the all-time receiving record. Camilletti now holds the all-time receiving mark. He broke Wade Williams record of 2,026 yards. He also holds the school record 136 catches going into the game.

 

 

Long threw his second touchdown pass in the third quarter. His 36-yard pass to Anthony Martino put Pius X up 39-0.

 

 

Marian Catholic finally got on the scoreboard with four seconds remaining in the third quarter. They put together a ten-play drive as the offensive line pushed Paul Martin into the end zone from five-yards out. The Colts trailed Pius X, 39-6.

 

 

The fourth quarter saw both teams scoring; Boise Ross of Pius X took the pitch made one cut and took off for a 53-yard run.

 

 

Pius X put in their second team defense. It took one play for Anthony Agosti to find the end zone for the Colts.

 

 

Pius X finished with a balanced attack. They passed for 267 yards and rushed for 311 yards.

 

 

Matt Camilletti finished the game catching five passes for 116 yards and a score. He now has 2,103 yards receiving in his career.

 

 

Camilletti talked about how important it was to break the record at home, “It definitetly was, growing up here my parents went to Pius. My grandparents live here and my sisters went here. I always came here as a little kid and watched Pius games and for me it’s a dream come true.”

 

 

NOTE: Ace Long of Pius X and Brendan McGowan of Marian Catholic where named MVP’s of the game.

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WINGATE — After two disappointing losses to begin the 2011 season, Bald Eagle Area football coach Jack Tobias, his assistants and the Eagle squad were hoping that the third time would be a charm.

Combining an efficient offense with a swarming defense, the Eagles charmed the BEA faithful Friday night as they dominated the Halifax Wildcats for a 21-0 win at Alumni Stadium.

“We just needed to get a win for these guys morale,” said BEA head coach Jack Tobias. “They have been through a lot the past couple of weeks and it is big for them to have a chance to go into the locker-room and have a lot of excitement and enthusiasm about what just took place. We’ll get in here tomorrow, do a little lifting and get ready for next week.”

The Eagles put their offense in high gear on their first possession of the game as they marched 52 yards on eight plays for all the points they were to need for the win.

Cody Ripka, who led all rushers in the game with 83 yards, picked up 51 of the 52 yards on seven carries in the TD drive.

“Their linebackers get inside a lot and that opened up the outside,” said Ripka. “I wanted the ball because coach (Tobias) challenged me to run the ball good and I just wanted to be able to finish and have a good game.”

But regardless of where the defensive personnel play, any successful running back will be quick to admit that he needs help from the ‘Hogs” up front.

“They (offensive linemen) work hard in practice and that effort showed here tonight,” said Ripka. “I really appreciate everything they do and they are pretty much responsible for anything our offense is able to do. This (the win) feels way better than the first two games.”

Coming off a huge game that saw him rush for over 200 yards, Halifax quarterback Robbie Moretz felt the effects of the swarming Eagle defense all night long as he was held to negative two yards on 22 carries by the first team BEA defensive unit.

“We just harped on it all week for them to take care of responsibilities,” said Tobias. “Certain guys had quarterback and other guys had pitch (man) and there were some times when he (Moretz) got some runs. But the biggest thing we were able to do tonight was get a big push up front and that kept guys off our linebackers and allowed our guys up front to make plays.”

Leading the defensive unit were Nicholas Uncapher, Justin Thompson and Nate Sharkey.

“Uncapher had a couple of sacks, I think Justin Thompson had a sack, Sharkey had a big fumble recovery for us and (Jeff) Koleno had a nice interception,” said Tobias. “Our linebackers also did a nice job of filling (the holes) tonight and that is something we have been harping at them to do. Right now we only have one or two players who played in the same position last year so it is just a matter of them getting reps to continue to improve and they have done that each week since the first game.”

Holding the 7-0 lead heading into the third period, the Eagles gave themselves a little breathing room and again it was on their first possession of the half.

Taking over on the Halifax 38 thanks to a short Wildcat punt, the Eagles maneuvered the 38 yards on a half dozen plays, junior quarterback Cole Long carrying the mail for the final yard and the score. The PAT attempt was blocked, but the Eagles had extended their advantage to 13-0.

The Wildcats were forced to punt on their next possession and again the Eagles had good field position as they took over on their own 46.

A long to Jon Romine pass for 18 yards, two carries by Sharkey for 18 more and a 5-yard scamper by Matt Dillon set up Long for his second touchdown of the game when he scooted to the right from 13 yards out for the score. A pass for two from Long to Colby Peters was good to set the final at BEA 21, Halifax 0.

Now 1-2, the Eagles will take their game to Philipsburg Friday night when they battle the P-O Mounties in a conference outing. Kickoff for that fray is set for 7 p.m.

Halifax 0 0 0 0 — 0

BEA 7 0 6 8 — 21

First Quarter

BEA — Cody Ripka 5 run. (Tyler Schall kick)(8:44)

Third Quarter

BEA — Cole Long 1 run. (kick failed)(6:22)

Fourth Quarter

BEA — Long 13 run (Long to Colby Peters pass)(11:15)

Team Statistics H BEA

First Downs 12 11

Rushes-Yards 44-127 37-185

Passing Yards 41 20

Passing 2-6-1 2-11-1

Fumbles-Lost 3-3 0-0

Penalties-Yards 9-60 9-80

Individual Statistics

Rushing

H: Allan Kaufman 7-42, Chad Meko 8-33, Dan Hebenthal 4-27, Robbie Moretz 25-25. BEA: Cody Ripka 14-83, 1 TD; Cole Long 3-36, 2 TDs; Matt Dillon 5-26, Nate Sharkey 3-19, Dakota Bartley 5-18, Jeff Koleno 2-8, Dylan Womer 1-3, Seth Holt 1-0, Tyler Howell 1-0, Kaleb Weaver 1-0, Ryan Watkins 1-minus 8.

Passing

H: Robbie Moretz 2-6, 41 yards, 1 interception.

BEA: Cole Long 2-5 20 yards, 1 interception; Jeff Koleno 0-5, Tyler Schall 0-1.

Receiving

H: Dan Hebenthal 2-41.

BEA: Jon Romine 1-18, Cody Ripka 1-2.

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Wyndmoor, Pa., The LaSalle Explorers (D12, AAA, PCL) used a suffocating run defense and Senior quarterback Matt Magarity’s two touchdown passes to wear down last year’s AA state champion West Catholic to the tune of a 24-0 whitewash at Springfield Montco. The Explorers rebounded after losing last week to New Jersey power Bergan Catholic 41-17.

Both teams struggled early as there were a combined 11 penalties for 115 yards in the first 14 minutes of play. LaSalle then began to bear down in the second quarter going on an extended 11 play, 93 yard drive (66 of the yards from Magarity’s arm) ending with his 5 yard pass on a fade pattern to Colin Buckley and a 6-0 Explorer lead. Just before the half the Explorers struck again on a 24 yard pass from Magarity to Sean Coleman and a 14-0 halftime lead.

The LaSalle defensive front line put so much pressure on West’s skill players that it enabled the linebackers to play more downhill and make plays that the Burrs ran right at them The Explorers keyed on  Burrs sensational junior running back David Williams forcing them to rely more on quarterback Jaleel Reed’s ability to run. Williams ran for over 200 yards last week against Archbishop Wood but Explorer defensive coordinator John Steinmetz’s plan worked to perfection as they kept Williams in tow by limiting him to 37 yards on 13 carries and no run greater than 10 yards from scrimmage.

The Explorers used the running attack in the second half to wear West down as running back Tim Wade led them on a 13 play drive toting the rock seven times in the series for 33 yards and scoring on a 13 yard bolt down the right side and 21-0 lead. Ryan Winslow’s field goal early in the fourth quarter ended the scoring. Wade had 25 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown. Magarity was unofficially 11 for 20 for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

The Burrs finished up a murderous start of season schedule going 0-3 having played two very good District 12 AAAA teams and maybe the best AAA team (Archbishop Wood) in the state. You have to give this small school credit for stepping up and taking these games. It will certainly prepare them to defend their state AA title and a little easier schedule down the road. LaSalle (2-1) also finished up a tough three game stretch and will travel to Monsignor Bonner next week.

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BETHLEHEM – For a second straight week, Nazareth Area found their team down in the second half and again it was Dan Harding who engineered a comeback. The Blue Eagles overcame a three-touchdown deficit to defeat Bethlehem Liberty in front of 7,000 fans Friday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

It was the Liberty Hurricanes who struck first with a Devon Jones 40-yard touchdown run. The extra point was blocked and the Hurricanes led 6-0.

The Blue Eagles overcame an early turnover, got one back, and Harding went in for the five-yard touchdown run with 3:33 left in the first quarter to tie the game up at six.

The Hurricanes dominated the second quarter scoring with four of the five touchdowns. Jones went in for a 28-yard run. James McCarthy scored on runs of one-yard and 76-yards. The Blue Eagles only score in the quarter came from a Harding to Adam Bridgeforth 16-yard touchdown pass. Michael Harris finished the scoring for the Hurricanes going in for a 30-yard run with 16 seconds remaining in the first half.

Liberty had 15 first downs and over 270 yards rushing in the first half. The Hurricanes went into halftime with a commanding 34-13 lead.

The comeback kids would get the party started in the second half with Nazareth’s freshman, running back Jordan Gray scoring on an 18-yard run. Harding added two more touchdown passes to Andrew Bridgeforth (18-yards and 51-yards) to tie the game up at 34 with nine seconds remaining in the quarter.

The Hurricanes took the lead back with 9:51 remaining in the game.  Stephon Font-Toomer ran right up the middle for a 33-yard run putting Liberty up 41-34.

Harding threw for 394 yards including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Bridgeforth with 38 seconds remaining in the game to bring Nazareth back within one, 41-40. The Blue Eagles decided to go for the win and Harding’s two-point conversion to Dan Shepherd cemented the comeback 42-41.

Harding’s two favorite targets on the night were Adam Bridgeforth who had 12 catches for 143 yards and one score and Andrew Bridgeforth who had 160 yards and three scores.

Liberty’s Quarterback James McCarthy led the way with 215 yards rushing and 73 yards passing.

Nazareth (3-0) hosts William Allen next Friday night. Bethlehem Liberty (2-1) will try to rebound home next week against Whitehall.

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Originally scheduled for Friday, Dunmore welcomed the Invaders of West Scranton to Bucks Stadium tonight.

Playing their first game since September 2, West Scranton did not show signs of rust early as they scored the first touchdown of the game. The Invaders were led by the legs and hands of senior Malcolm Sweeting. Number 1 rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown. Sweeting caught 6 passes for 91 stripes.

However, the home standing Bucks, would score the next 26-points after Sweeting’s Invaders notched the first seven. Dunmore registered a, 26-13, win and improved their record to 3-0.

Dunmore’s sophomore running back Daiqwon Buckley led the Bucks’ rushing attack with 113 yards on 16 carries. Buckley has averaged 6.0 markers per tote in each of his first three games. Austin Seamon rushed for two scores in the contest as he now has scored seven times this year on the ground. Dunmore’s signal caller Jordan Dempsey didn’t put up jaw-dropping numbers, though, he managed the game by connecting on 5 of 8 passes for 32 yards and a score. Dempsey has not thrown an interception in the past two games.

The Bucks will travel to take on Montrose next week as West Scranton (1-1) will play unbeaten Delaware Valley.

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KEMP MEMORIAL STADIUM: After flood waters ravaged much of the Susquehanna Valley and its tributaries, including areas like Catawissa, Elysburg and Shamokin, things were looking much more back-to-normal on Saturday night. The week-three football game was pushed back a day due to the fact that both teams had just played the previous Monday. Each team was victorious in their last contest, setting up this Heartland Conference cross-over rivalry between ‘AAA’ Shamokin and ‘A’ Southern Columbia.

The Indians received the opening kick to start, but turned the ball over to the Tigers after coming up short on a fourth-and-inches play near mid-field. With excellent field position, Southern went to work. Casey Savitski ran for the first first-down of the game on a six yard rush, where and incidental face-mask penalty advanced the ball to the 31 of Shamokin. That’s when Matt Moore got his first touch of the night, cut to the outside, and raced 31 yards for the opening score. SC’s kicking game struggled all night starting with the initial PAT, which was nearly blocked and sailed wide left. The score was 6 – 0 for the Tigers.

The Tiger Defense then forced Shamokin to another three-and-out series when Moore stopped Zach Tillett for no gain on 3rd & 7. After the punt, Southern began to march forward until a sack and intentional grounding penalty netted a 2nd & 27 at the Tiger 40. The set-back was quickly over-come however, when Tyler Levan caught a screen pass and ran 23 yards to the Indian 37.  Following this, Moore got his second carry. Breaking at least four tackles as he pounded his way down-field, he broke free and  went the distance. A blocked PAT left the score 12 – 0.

The Indians were able to muster a first down on their next series, but were forced to punt after six plays. The punt did help Shamokin with field position, forcing the Tigers to start from their own 20, but it didn’t seem to matter. Levan took a hand-off straight up the gut, broke to the left and never looked back, en route to an 80 yard score. The 2-point conversion failed, and it was 18 – 0.

Things were looking very bleak for the Indians when Jamie Slotterback sacked Tucker Yost for a loss of 5, setting up a 3rd & 15 at the Shamokin 35. However, fullback Draven Miller gave them a break on the next play. Finding a hole in the middle, he burst for the 65 yard score with 9.8 seconds left in the first quarter. The Indians had some life now at 18 – 7.

The kick-after-touchdown went to Savitski, who scrambled and fought his way down to Shamokin territory at the 41. A hit well out-of-bounds added another 15 yards to the 26 yard marker. Next, QB Brad Fegley was hit late on a pass attempt as time ran out in the first quarter. The Tigers had another shot from the 13th hash-mark with 0:00 on the clock. Savitski once again got the ball and bulled his way to the end-zone. A score of 25 – 7 marked the end of a wild opening period.

Unable to gain much on the ground, Yost went to the air to keep the next drives going. He connected with Devin Madara for 30 yards, then 2 and 6. Finally, on 3rd & goal at the 2 he tossed a flare pass to Andrew Hasuga for the score, making it 25 – 14.

Toward the end of the first half, Shamokin was forced to punt, when a fumbled snap got the punter tackled at the 8 yard-line by David Jeremiah. Three plays later, Levan punched it in from the 5. The Indians had one more shot before the half, but that hope ended with a QB sack as time ran out. The teams entered the lockers with a score of 33-14.

Southern’s first team was only in the game for one series in the second half, and that resulted in another score by Levan. Not to be out-done, the second-team added another touchdown at 4:33 in the 3rd when Cody Pavlick rumbled in from the 20. Coach Roth got his reserves some valuable playing time for the remainder of the game while Shamokin kept much of its first-team on the field. The Indians were able to add one more score early in the final quarter to make it 46-21 on a 2-yard dive by Miller. In all, the Tiger reserves held strong, including a goal-line stand at the end of the game.

SHAMOKIN (1-2) hosts a struggling Selinsgrove(0-3) team next week in HAC-I action. The Indians have a somewhat softer schedule in the middle of their season to get some of the kinks worked-out. They were able to find some success passing tonight, going 11/16 for 98 yards and a touchdown. Their running-game struggled outside of the 65-yard TD run by Miller. Beside that run they averaged less than 2.8 yards per carry.

SOUTHERN COLUMBIA (3-0) hosts an improving Central Columbia (1-2) team next week in HAC-II action. They were physically dominating tonight, but will need to address some issues on defense as their season gets more difficult. As for the offense – the rushing trio was unstoppable: Levan led the rushing totals with 116 yards on 10 carries with 3 TD’s; Moore compiled 77 yards and 2 TD’s on just six carries (12.8+ AVG); and Savitski went 39 yards on 5 carries with a TD.  Defensively, Tom Schetroma, Cameron Flore, Kieth Day, Slotterback and Moore led the way keeping the Indian running game bottled-up.

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Philadelphia, Pa., Wide receiver William Fuller and quarterback Michael Keir put on an offensive air show of massive proportions as the Roman Catholic Cahillites cruised to a 32-7 victory over the Chestnut Hill Academy Blue Devils at Roxborough stadium.

People were just getting seated after the playing of the national anthem when on the very first play from scrimmage Keir hit Fuller for an 85 yard touchdown.  On their next series with the ball on their own 13 yard line Keir had completions of 20, 24 and 17 yards mixed in with senior Marcus Kelly’s 5 runs ending with Kelly’s 2 yard jaunt into the end zone and putting Roman up by two scores.

Chestnut Hill could not muster much up offensively in the first half. The Cahillites were not giving Blue Devils junior quarterback Michael Hayes and running back Cedric Madden much room in the gaps to pick up yardage holding them to 60 total by halftime. Roman’s defense, led by Jack Schanz, Roberto Harris-Barron and Brett Pellicciotti snuffed out most of what the Blue devils were trying to muster. Two more Roman touchdowns, a one yarder by Kelly and a one yard Keir to Fuller pass gave them a 26-0 halftime lead.

After a scoreless third quarter Chestnut Hill finally got on the board after recovering a Keir fumble on the Cahillite 24 going five plays and Madden taking it in from the six to cut the lead to 26-7. Roman answered immediately in five plays with the big one a Keir to Fuller pass that went for 74 yards to the Blue Devil one. Kelly’s one yard touchdown ended the scoring.

Keir ended his day going 15-19-332 yards and two touchdowns (both to Fuller). Fuller had 10 receptions for 276 yards. Both players are only juniors and will be doing this together for another year. Fuller appears to be one of the very best receivers in the state. He has size (6’2, 155) to go up a grab balls at its highest point and breakaway speed once he gets in space. He should be receiving serious D1 interest soon. Keir is not far behind. He’s got a big time arm and did a very nice job punting when he had to. In a losing effort Madden had 28 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown for Chestnut Hill.

Roman (D12, AAAA, PCL) goes to 2-1 and will play Cardinal O’Hara next week. Chestnut Hill (Independent, AAA, Inter-Ac) falls to 1-2 and will host Conwell Egan.

Scoring by Quarter

1st quarter

Roman- Fuller- 85 pass from Keir- PAT- no good- 11:40

2nd quarter

Roman- Marcus Kelly 2 yard run- PAT- Phillip Isaac- 7:30

Roman- Marcus Kelly 1 yard run- PAT- blocked- 3:28

Roman- Fuller- 1 pass from Keir- PAT- Phillip Isaac- 0:00

3rd quarter

No scoring

4th quarter

Chestnut Hill- Cedric Madden- 6 yard run- PAT-Luke Mulvanney- 7:47

Roman- Marcus Kelly- 1 yard run- PAT- blocked- 5:04

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ALLENTOWN – Brendan Nosovitch led the way throwing for two touchdowns and running for three more. Allentown Central Catholic scored 42 unanswered points in a 52-14 win over Bethlehem Catholic at J. Birney Crum Stadium Saturday night.

 

The start of the game looked more like two prizefighters slugging it out. Both teams scored twice in a wild first quarter.

The Vikings started the scoring barrage, running the ball ten times on their opening possession. Colin McDermott finished the drive going right up the gut for the five-yard score. Tim DiGiacomo’s kick made it 7-0 Vikings with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Bethlehem Catholic only needed three plays to tie the game up at seven. Quarterback Connor Casey threw a quick out to Evan Blair who took it 65-yards for the score.

The Vikings answered the Golden Hawks scoring drive by putting together an 11-play drive of their own. The drive ended with a 26-yard field goal by DiGiacomo. Vikings led 10-7.

The Golden Hawks went to their bag of big plays. Robert Akrie took the hand-off and broke tackles en route to an 86-yard run. At the end of the first quarter Bethlehem Catholic led 14-10.

The Viking flexed their muscles and took over the game in the second quarter, scoring three times. Nosovitch scored on runs of three and 43 yards. He connected with Kevin Gulyas for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Vikings defense made the adjustment and shut down the Golden Hawks in the second quarter. If you take away the two big plays by the Golden Hawks they had less the 50 yards of total offense. Central Catholic had 16 first downs and a balanced offensive attack in the first half (128 yards rushing and 121 yards passing). The Vikings led 31-14 at the half.

The Vikings defense in the second half was perfect and gave up no points. McDermott scored on a five-yard run and Nosovitch added a 43-yard run in the third quarter.

The only scoring in the fourth quarter was a Nosovitch to Gulyas 22-yard pass. Allentown Central Catholic got their first win of the season, 52-14.

Colin McDermott led the way rushing for the Vikings with 133 yards and two scores. Kevin Gulyas had 11 catches for 163 yards and two scores.

Connor Casey led the way for the Golden Hawks with 112 yards rushing and 109 yards passing.

Allentown Central Catholic (1-2) travels to Northampton next Friday night. Bethlehem Catholic (2-1) travels to Dieruff.

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Philadelphia, Pa.-Council Rock South senior quarterback Brian Donnelly made the difference in a game that featured two very explosive offenses and one that went to the last play as the Golden Hawks prevailed 35-34 over the  Father Judge Crusaders in a non league affair at Lincoln High’s barefoot bowl.

Judge is not used to seeing a team that primarily uses the triple option offense. Not only did they see it all day, but it was run by a guy that does it about better than anyone in the state of Pennsylvania. Donnelly caught the Judge defense out of position on a couple plays that turned into long touchdowns by the quarterback. Donnelly used his magnificent play faking as well throughout.

Rock fell behind 14-0 before the first quarter ended when Crusader senior quarterback Rob Daniels hit Raul Quinones with a perfectly executed screen play and a 41 yard touchdown followed by Matt Smalley’s 87 TD run down the left sideline. The Hawks Ryan Hickey took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to pay dirt and suddenly this game had the makings of a see saw affair. Judge then executed a seven play, 62 yard drive that ended with Daniels hitting Timmy Mills with a 24 yard touchdown pass.

Down 21-7 Donnelly decided to get in on the act with runs of 55 and 4 yards (for the touchdown) then after a Judge fumble, he directed a five play drive ending with Ian McDermott’s 19 yard run and the halftime score was knotted at 21 apiece. The Hawk quarterback began to take control of the game in the second half with touchdown runs of 79 and 45 yards.

Entering the fourth quarter, Judge now found themselves behind 35-28 and Daniels provided more heroics by hitting on completions of 23 yards and a 32 yard touchdown pass to John Landis with six minutes left. At that point, Crusader coach Tom Coyle decided to roll the dice with a kick fake by holder Mills on the extra point and a pass for the two point conversion and the lead. The play worked almost perfectly, but this is where Maryland commit P.J. Gallo made the first of two great game changing plays. The Hawk defensive end recognized the fake and put himself in position to shield receiver Anthony Walker on the play causing Walker to lose the ball. Gallo then sacked Daniels on a fourth down on Judge’s last drive to end the game.

Donnelly had 213 yards on 15 carries; three touchdowns and mastered the triple option to perfection. Daniels finished unofficially with 14 of 24 completions for 237 yards, three touchdowns,  four dropped passes and completions to five different receivers. Smalley had 145 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown.

The Hawks (D1 , AAAA, Suburban One National) travel to Pennridge next week at 2-0 while Judge   (D12, AAAA, PCL) drops to 1-1 and a date looming with State College and a game with the Lions.

Scoring by Quarter

1st Quarter

Judge- Quinones 41 pass from Daniels- Kick Good- 4:30

Judge- Smalley 87 run- Kick Good- 2:02

CRS- Hickey 90 KO return- Kick Good- 1:40

2nd Quarter

Judge- Mills 24 pass from Daniels- Kick Good- 10:43

CRS- Donnelly- 4 run- Kick Good- 9:19

CRS- McDermott- 19 run- Kick Good- 6:11

3rd Quarter

Donnelly- 79 run- Kick Good- 6:15

Judge- Quinones- 2 run- Kick Good- 4:45

Donnelly- 45 run- Kick Good- 2:15

4th Quarter

Judge- Landis 32 pass from Daniels- Two Pt no good-3:20

 

Notes

  • Donnelly only attempted one pass (incomplete)
  • The Hawks used six different backs in the triple option offense
  • Top Judge Lineman Vince Lostracco (broken wrist) saw one series of action
  • Gallo (CRS, TE) provided key blocks that turned into long gains
  • Judge’s OLine provided great protection for Daniels
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Abington, Pa., The Abington Ghosts took advantage of two costly Plymouth Whitemarsh miscues in the fourth quarter en route to their closely contested 18-7 victory over the Colonials at Abington’s Memorial field.

Abington got on the board quick on their first offensive series in four plays when quarterback Ken Cropper snuck in for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Three plays later, Colonial quarterback Russhon Phillips fumbled the snap and the Ghosts Rob Phillips returned it for a 35 yard touchdown and a 12-0 lead.  The Colonials righted the ship and generated their own eight play, 66 yard drive highlighted by a 31 yard completion from Phillips to Xavier Ellington and ending with Corey Kelly’s one yard touchdown plunge for a score of 12-7 in the first quarter.

What looked like a high scoring affair became a defensive struggle the rest of the way. After two scoreless quarters the Colonials started the fourth quarter with momentum and good field position and seemed poised to take control of the game. A 38 yard touchdown run by Ellington and their first lead went astray on a Colonial holding call. On their next play, Phillips was intercepted by the Ghosts Josh Lee after a Whitemarsh receiver slipped on his route.  Abington then let workhorse running back Ray Schreiner do the work as he totaled 26 yards on three carries on their next possession ending with his three yard score and putting the game out of reach for Plymouth-Whitemarsh.

Schreiner, who has gotten some interest from Arizona State had 15 carries for 81 yards against a very tough Whitemarsh defense. “The offensive line did a nice job creating some openings for me”, said Schreiner. “They are going to even get better as the season goes along”. Phillips did a nice job directing the Whitemarsh Wing-T offense by running for 96 yards on 17 carries

With the win Abington (D1, AAAA, Suburban One National) moves to 2-0 and a date looming with a tough Souderton squad. Whitemarsh (D1, AAAA, Suburban One American) falls to 1-1 and will travel to West Chester Henderson.

Scoring by Quarter

First Quarter

Abington- Ken Cropper 1 yard run- 7:26 – PAT no good

Abington- Rob Phillips 35 yard fumble return- 5:52 – PAT no good

PW- Corey Kelly 1 yard run- 1:39- PAT Tyler Haney

Second Quarter

No Scoring

Third Quarter

No Scoring

Fourth Quarter

 

Abington- Ray Schreiner 3 yard run- 4:07- PAT no good

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NAZARETH – With his team down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Dan Harding directed three Blue Eagles touchdown drives in the last 12 minutes of the game. Harding completed the comeback to stun the Red Rovers 35-28 at Andrew Leh Field Friday night in Nazareth. It was the first win over the Red Rovers since 1998.

The Blue Eagles got on the scoreboard first on their second drive. The Blue Eagles striked first. Harding hit Adam Bridgeforth for a 67-yard bomb for the score. Jack Portnoy’s extra point made it 7-0 Blue Eagles.

The Red Rovers answered the Blue Eagles drive by engineering a 73-yard, eight-play drive. Quarterback Ian Hayden found Zach Herres in the back of the end zone for the 17-yard touchdown pass. The game was tied at 7.

The second quarter saw the Red Rovers running game take over. James Middleton scored on an 84-yard run and Kevin Griffin plowed in from two-yards out. The Blue Eagles added one score on a Kani Camacho three-yard run.

At halftime the Red Rovers led 21-14. The first half the Red Rovers showed a nice balance by throwing for 112 yards and rushing for 213 yards. They had 12 first downs.

The Red Rovers took a commanding 28-14 lead in the third quarter on Griffin’s 12-yard run. The drive went 58 yards on five plays.

In the fourth quarter it would be all Blue Eagles. The comeback started early in the fourth quarter. Harding’s eight-yard score capped off an eight play, 78-yard drive, to cut the Red Rover lead to 28-21 with 11:36 remaining.

Nazareth’s defense came up with the big stop and got the ball back with 9:56 remaining. The Blue Eagles offense used a balanced attack during this drive, passing and rushing five times each as Harding finished off the drive hitting Dan Shepherd. Shepherd made an amazing catch fighting off the defender for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The score tied up the game at 28 with 6:21 remaining.

Shepherd’s interception ended another Red Rover drive late in the game. The Blue Eagles started on Easton’s 34-yard line with less than three minutes to go.

Harding finished off the go ahead drive with a one-yard run putting Nazareth up 35-28 with 1:33 remaining in the game.

The Red Rovers drove inside the 20-yard line. The drive ended on a fumble that was recovered by Nazareth. Nazareth held on for a 35-28 win over Easton.

The teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense. Easton had 535 total yards of offense and Nazareth had 480 total yards.

Harding led the way for Nazareth completing 19 of 29 passes for 312 yards and two scores. His favorite target was Adam Bridgeforth who caught six passes for 135 yards and one score. Freshman running back Jordan Gray added 101 yards rushing on 14 carries.

The Red Rovers Ian Hayden passed for 188 yards and James Middleton added 147 yards rushing.

Nazareth (2-0) travels to Bethlehem to take on (2-0) Liberty. Easton (1-1) hosts Northampton (0-2).

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WARMINSTER, Pa. – West Catholic’s game plan against Archbishop Wood was rather simple.  Run the ball, control the clock and keep Wood’s explosive offensive unit watching helplessly from the sideline.

West did the run the ball – 47 times to be exact – and limited the Vikings to only 38 total offensive plays.  But Wood made those plays count.

Joey Monaghan threw for 279 yards in just 10 passing attempts and West Catholic (0-2) had to endure three turnovers on downs and an anemic passing attack as Archbishop Wood (1-1) posted a 28-0 shutout of the Burrs Saturday night at William Tennett High School in Warminster.

West head coach Brian Fluck said the effort came down to two words: missed opportunities.

“In the beginning, we did what we wanted to do,” the Burrs’ boss said.  “But we made too many mistakes.”

From the beginning, West showed its hand of trying to take the air out of the ball, orchestrating a 14-play march which drained 7:07 of game clock.  Junior running back David Williams saw six of the first 14 plays go his way, but the Burrs turned the ball over on downs at the Wood 37 yard line following a costly holding penalty and a pair of injured quail looking passes from Jaleel Reed fell incomplete.

West had another similar drive late in the first half.  Highlighted by a Williams 50-yard run to the Wood 27, the Burrs got as far as the Viking 14-yard line, but Jalil Shoatz fumbled away the opportunity at the seven yard line with 2:33 left in the first half.

Wood, already up 7-0 at that juncture, wasted no time in making West Catholic pay.  One play after West was flagged for pass interference, Monaghan hooked up with Nate Smith for a 52-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 Viking advantage.  Smith caught a 31-yard pass from Monaghan earlier in the drive and had four catches for 153 yards in the first half.

“Nate’s a good one,” said Wood head coach Steve Devlin.  “I kinda kick myself for not using him more (in the Central Catholic game the week before).  He’s definitely one of our playmakers.”

Monaghan wasn’t slowing down – on Wood’s second possession of the second half, he hit Kyle Adkins on a 45-yard screen pass which went all the way to the Burrs’ 19 yard line.  Three plays later, senior Ryan McMullin crashed into the end zone for Wood to push the lead to 21-0.

McMullin saw action this night as Rutgers commit Desmon Peoples was held out of action due to a sprained ankle, shifting Brandon Peoples to the tailback slot.  #5 got Wood on the board to start the scoring with a 14-yard run just five seconds into the second quarter.

“He’s one of our guys – we have several guys who can carry the ball,” Devlin said. “Tonight, Ryan ran it well for us.”

Just for good measure, Monaghan signed, sealed and delivered Wood’s win with one more long connection with Smith – a 65-yard bomb down the middle of the field after forcing a West punt.  In all, Smith caught five passes for 218 yards – and none of the passes went for any length fewer than 31 yards.

“The goal was to shut down their ground game and force them to pass,” Fluck said.  “And we got caught playing some man-to-man coverage.”

West had one last chance to try to dent the scoreboard, driving from its own 31 to the Wood 14 with runs of 22 and 13 yards by Williams along the way.  But Wood stiffened, sacking Reed for a 14-yard loss and bringing up a 4th-and-26 situation, which ended in a turnover on downs when Reed’s pass intended for Williams was incomplete.

From there, Wood strung together four first downs on a series of runs from Kendall Singleton and Jake Cooper to run out the clock.

Wood finished with 420 yards of offense and 16 first downs – most of that came from Monaghan, who reached his passing total with an 8-of-10 night.  McMullin ran for 55 yards on eight carries and the two touchdowns.  Cooper ran for 49 yards on six carries and Singleton 17 yards on three carries.

West was paced by Williams’ 211 yards on 32 carries.  Shoatz added 18 yards on four carries.  Reed finished with minus-31 rushing yards and connected on 4-of-9 passes for 15 yards.  West finished with only 11 first downs, gained either by way of Williams’ runs or Wood penalties.

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PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Behind the area on the sidelines where the La Salle College High School football team stood, a weathered penny lie buried into the artificial surface, with the heads side facing upward.

Supposedly, pennies facing heads side up bring good luck.  But fate was not ready to yield the Explorers a lucky day.

Bergen Catholic (1-0) got a 306-yard passing effort from field general John Germano and two-time PIAA AAAA state finalist La Salle (1-1) had trouble keeping up with the Crusaders’ speed and spread offensive attack in a humbling 41-17 loss Saturday afternoon at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.

BC, a 16-time New Jersey football state champion, wasted little time in flashing and dashing its way over, around, and through the La Salle defense en route to 396 yards of offense – mostly through the air – using an up-tempo offense.

“We really always want to play with that type of pace,” said BC head coach Nunzio Campanile. “We’re always trying to keep the opponent on its toes.  We want to be certain the other team is as uncomfortable as possible at all times.”

La Salle barely had time to settle in before Bergen began its offensive assault.  In just four plays after picking off La Salle’s Matt Magarity, Bergen had a 6-0 lead thanks to a Germano four-yard touchdown run.  But the Crusaders were just getting warmed up.

After La Salle went three-and-out, it took three plays for Bergen to find paydirt again.  Germano hit J.J. Rulsar for an 87-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 13-0 and then recovered the ensuing onsides kick.  Six plays later, Bergen was in the end zone again on a 15-yard connection from Germano to Charles Wingate.

“They have great speed and quickness,” said La Salle head coach Drew Gordon.  “It’s hard to replicate their speed in practice.”

The Explorers seemed to quell the bleeding a little bit with a small rally, slicing the BC lead from 20-0 to 20-9 on a Tim Wade three-yard run and a Ryan Winslow 32-yard field goal.  Wade’s touchdown run was one of the few scant highlights on the day.  Yards were hard to come by for #33 – in three and a half quarters, he ran for 35 yards on 19 carries.

But any momentum La Salle had built up deflated quicker than a balloon with a hole in it.  Winslow’s field goal came with 1:46 left in the half, but that was more than enough time for the Crusaders to break the Explorers’ backs.  Beginning at its own 20, the red and gold marched 65 yards in just three plays – all Germano passes – to the La Salle 15.  Two plays after an Explorer timeout to stop the bleeding, Bergen lodged the proverbial dagger in the blue and gold’s heart as Germano found John Tsimis from four yards out and a 27-9 lead.

Five plays.  Eighty yards.  All in a mere 51.8 seconds.  Who needs those two-minute drills, anyway?

“Bergen Catholic will test you every play,” Gordon said.

The Crusaders tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half – a James Dawson two-yard run and a 15-yard pass from Germano to Tsimis – to push the advantage to 41-9.

Using its reserves, La Salle capped the game scoring with a one-yard touchdown run by Jared Herrmann with 2:00 left in the contest.  Herrmann’s run capped a 12-play, 80-yard, 4:17 march which saw five total first downs and back-up field general Chris Kane connect on all four of his pass attempts.

All told, La Salle finished with 211 yards of offense and 11 first downs.  Magarity connected on 11-of-19 passes for 79 yards with the one interception.  Wade paced the Explorer ground attack, which finished with 65 yards on 34 carries.  Herrmann added 23 yards on seven carries and Kane threw for 57 yards.  Sean Coleman caught five passes for 39 yards and Colin Buckley snagged three passes for 44 yards.

Germano’s banner day also saw him add 16 yards on 12 carries.  Dawson ran for 22 yards on six carries and Michael Gerst added 27 yards on six totes.  Tsimis caught seven passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and Kulsar added two receptions for 98 yards.  Bergen was flagged eight times for 45 yards – about the only negative from the Crusaders’ season opener.

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Pardon Ridley’s starting quarterback Matt Davis for being nervous prior to Friday night’s season opening non league contest against Inter Ac power Malvern Prep. Just how nervous was Davis?  “I was so nervous, I felt like I was going to throw up all day,” he said adding that once he arrived at Phil Merion Field the nerves went away. Davis’ completion percentage was not too good as he completed only five of 13 passes but they amassed 234 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Raiders overcame a 20-7 deficit to down the Friars 21-20 in battle of Southeastern PA Heavyweights.
After going three-and-out to open the season the Green Raiders defense seemed to start slow allowing the Friars to drive down to their 25 yardline before toughing up and forcing the Friars to turn the ball over on downs. The first quarter ended with a scoreless tie.
In the second quarter the Green Raiders looked poised to take a 3-0 lead but their field goal was blocked by Northwestern commit Connor Mahoney. Blake Gunther scooped up the loose ball and raced down the Green Raider sideline 88 yards for the touchdown. The lead was short lived however as on the very next play from scrimmage Davis connected with Jalen Randolph on a swing pass and Randolph raced 74 yards to tie things up at 7 at intermission.
Paul Finley gave the Friars the lead in the third quarter with his four-yard touchdown plunge. Shawn Wilson added to the lead in the fourth quarter with a ten yard touchdown run but the extra point failed and the Friars were up 20-7.
Back came the Green Raiders on the ensuing drive with a two play 44 yard drive that resulted in Davis connecting with Mike Smoluk for the touchdown.
Following a three and out the Green Raiders were back on the attack and got a huge play from Mike Crowley who hauled in a pass from Davis and took it 82 yards down to the Malvern eight yard line. On the next play Crowley ran it in for the touchdown. The extra point was good and the Green Raiders had now battled all the way back. The Friars had two chances but ended with a interception by Randolph and a turnover on downs preserving the victory.
Next week the Green Raiders will host the Haverford Fords in the teams Central League opener while Malvern will travel to take on Roman Catholic.
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CATAWISSA- The 2011 football season opened in resounding fashion at Tiger Stadium as Southern Columbia hosted fellow top-ten, state-ranked Line Mountain. These two premier class A teams are no stranger to each other or to hard-nosed football. The Eagles spread offense, piloted by quarterback Marty Beninsky, proved difficult to corral for the Tiger defense. However, Southern’s Wing-T, featuring an entirely new backfield, proved nearly impossible for the Eagles to stop. The rushing trio of Casey Savitski, Tyler Levan, and (converted tight-end) Matt Moore put on a veritable running clinic en route to their school’s 400th all-time victory. The win also marks the fourth time in-a-row that Southern defeated an otherwise unbeaten Line Mountain team.
The Eagles got the ball to open the game with Beninsky pounding it forward on three consecutive plays before a bobbled hand-off and an incomplete pass stalled the drive.
The Tigers came up a yard short of a first down on their opening three plays and decided to punt deep into Eagle territory. The punt was muffed by the return-man and recovered at Line Mountain’s 5 yard marker. On the following play Savitski darted in for the opening score.
Once again the Tiger defense held strong with Keith Day up-ending Beninsky at the line-of-scrimmage. Southern had the ball back in short order, setting up an eight-play, 75 yard drive for another score. The series featured a 20 yard burst by Savitsky and Moore’s first touches as a running back of 7 and 20 yards respectively. A false start penalty forced SC into a third & 15 situation at the LM 23. Quarterback, Brad Fegley called his own number and proved he has some good legs as well, cutting to the outside and racing 23 yards into the end zone. The score was 14-0.
Everything seemed to be going Southern’s way, but the Eagles were nowhere near ready to throw in the towel. Forced into a punting situation after just four plays, LM caught its first brake on an encroachment penalty which yielded them a fresh set of downs. Then a personal foul call got them to the Tiger 26. Three snaps later, Kyle Troutman flew through a huge hole in the middle of the line and went 17 yards for the score. The PAT by Austin Snyder made it 14-7 in favor of Southern.
The Tigers answered right back after a short kick-off was covered at the Tiger 33. A 30 yard toss from Fegley to Day got them deep into Eagle territory at the 26. On third & two at the 18 yard line Moore got his third shot at carrying the leather. Once again he showed his ability to find a seam before turning on the jets for an 18 yard touchdown.
Not to be outdone, after the kick-off Troutman once again found a hole and out-ran the defenders. The 63 yard touchdown run was the longest of the game  and more than doubled Line Mountain’s total offense up to that point. Moore blocked the PAT attempt leaving the score 21-13 – the shoot-out was on!… Or was it?
Things settled down a bit for the remainder of the first half.  SC’s next drive fizzled after a sack by Luke Erdman and Alex Karlovich, a holding call, and two incomplete passes. For their part, the Eagles could only net three yards on three plays before punting. Then Southern started to roll again. Levan was finding his feet and pounded the ball forward on a 19 yard run to the Eagle 15. Four plays later, on fourth & four at the nine, Levan rumbled in for the score. However it was denied due to an illegal block call which occurred after he crossed the goal line. Instead of a score the ball was given back on downs to the Eagles. With the final minutes of the half ticking away, SC’s defense played prevent and kept the score at 21-13 going into the locker rooms.
With the first possession of the second half, Southern capitalized quickly. The Eagles were kicking short line-drives to keep the ball out of the hands of the speedster return men (Moore & Day). That only provided the Tigers with good field position to start their drives. After two rushes by Levan, netting ten yards and a first and ten near mid-field, Moore got the hand-off and would not be denied.  Shedding tacklers and breaking loose in the defensive backfield, he bulleted 55 yards for his second TD.
Trailing 28-13, the Eagles needed to make something happen. After an excellent kick-return by Troutman to near mid-filed, Beninsky engineered LM’s best drive of the game, going 53 yards on nine plays, capped by a keeper around the left side for the three yard TD. The two-point conversion failed when Beninsky’s pass sailed high, leaving the score 28-19.
Southern kept the ball on the ground and the clock running as the O-line surged forward and the runners pounded the rock right at the defenders. Levan rumbled for 23, Moore clawed his way for 25, and Savistski punched it in from the five to go up 35-19.
After trading series, Line Mountain was able to score one more time. On his only carry, Austin Snyder found the middle wide open and blasted 43 yards to pay dirt. Another  two-point conversion pass sailed high and the score left the Eagles in the hunt at 35-25.
To make sure LM’s potent offense didn’t get the chance for a come-back, the backfield did what they do best. Levan had punishing rushes of 22, 10, and 12 yards, where he just ran straight through the defensive players, plowing his way down field. Finally Savitsky sealed the deal with a 22 yard score. Dylan Swank went six for six on PAT’s, and this game was in the books at 42-25.
LINE MOUNTAIN (0-1) Showed no let-up in this game. Their offense is potent and dangerous from anywhere on the filed. Marty Beninsky went 9/19 passing for 94 yards. On the ground he gained 99 yards on 19 carries and one TD. Kyle Troutman netted 110 yards on 9 carries with two touchdowns, and Austin Snyder scored a 43 yard TD on his lone rush. The Eagles travel to Panther Valley next week to take on JIM THORPE (0-1) before starting Twin Valley Conference play at WILLIAMS VALLEY (0-1) on week three. You can expect Coach Carson’s Eagles to be one of the best teams in the TVC again this season. You can also expect to see them challenging the Tigers again in the District IV play-off.
SOUTHERN COLUMBIA (1-0) Answered a lot of questions in their opener against a quality opponent. Questions regarding how well they could overcome the loss of all-state RB Tyrell Thomas were quickly laid to rest. Matt Moore stepped into the role and was the night’s leading rusher with 142 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. That comes to a whopping 15.8 yards per carry. Tyler Levan compiled 140 yards on 19 touches, and Casey Savitski rushed for 85 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns. In Brad Fegley’s debut at QB, he rushed for 44 yards and a TD and threw seven times with three completions for 46 yards. Kieth Day caught two passes for 30 & 13 yards. In all, the Tigers rushed for 326 yards and six touchdowns. One question that remains is how well the defense will be able to regroup and fix some of their deficiencies. As coach Roth pointed out, there are many players playing in new positions so there will be a learning curve until it all comes together. The Tigers host MONTOURSVILLE(1-0) next week to start Heartland Conference action.
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MONROEVILLE, Pa. – Having a great defense goes a long, long way.  And if that great defense can set up several short field opportunities for its offense, it gets even better.
Meet the Gateway Gators, who got a stout defensive effort in their season opener against the defending PIAA AAA runners-up.
Gateway (1-0) limited Bishop McDevitt (0-1) to just 167 yards of offense, including a paltry 39 on the ground, and forced three second half turnovers to pull away for a 28-7 victory from a soaking wet Antimarino Stadium in Monroeville.  The game was the nightcap of the Gateway Kickoff Classic.
Mind you, the meeting between Gateway and McDevitt was thought to play into a showcase of two unrelenting defensive units, as the District 3 champion Crusaders returned nine of 11 starters from a unit which blanked Gateway one year ago in Harrisburg.  Defensive end Noah Spence and linebacker Brock Dean, a Maryland recruit, headline the unit, and Gators’ boss Terry Smith explained the black and gold’s game plan was to attack Spence all night long.
“(Offensively), we went right at him,” Smith said.  “The game plan was to go right at him because if we didn’t, he’s a ‘reader’ and can react to where plays are going.  He (Spence) is one of the fastest defensive end we’ve ever seen.”
The Gators offensive effort this night – 221 yards, 197 of which came on the ground – wasn’t flashy, save for the opening drive when dual-threat junior Thomas Woodson scooted 50 yards to the McDevitt 1 yard line on Gateway’s third play from scrimmage.  One play later, Darin Franklin made it 7-0 on a run up the middle.
Play was stopped for an hour with 10:53 left in the second quarter as a heavy thunderstorm rolled through the area, bringing with it vivid lightning and torrential rains.  More heavy rain stayed to the south and west during the remainder of the contest, but officials shortened halftime in order to complete the game before additional precipitation came.
McDevitt was getting together its best offensive possession of the game to that point, stringing together three first downs on Alec Werner passes of eight yards to Shaun Seif and 11 yards to Nate Showalter and a 15-yard run by sophomore Rashad Lawson.  After play resumed, it only took two snaps for the Crusaders to knot things up at 7, as Dean crashed in from one yard out.
That’s how things stayed until halftime, score-wise, until the second half, when the Gators broke things open, thanks to their defense.
After Devante Werner picked off Werner three plays into the third stanza, Gateway took just five plays to score on a short 32-yard drive, thanks to Woodson’s 24-yard connection with Franklin and #5′s second touchdown run, another of the one-yard variety.
McDevitt proceeded to go three-and-out, and Gateway took its sweet time – 6:32 of game clock – to be exact – to go 55 yards, capped with Franklin’s third one-yard touchdown run of the night.
Eleven seconds later, Gateway went up 28-7 when Brian Jones scooped up a Lawson fumble and rumbled 23 yards down the home sideline, literally breaking McDevitt’s backs and putting the game well out of reach.
“Our defense is experienced,” Smith said. “Our defensive ends were so quick off the ball tonight.  Our unit played very well, and we play 11 men to the ball.  We played a full 48 minutes, not without some mistakes, but the effort was there.  And that’s what we want to see.”
Walking off the field, Weachter could be heard talking with his assistants about getting the offense to start clicking so the defense didn’t have to continually bail the blue and gold out.
“We made too many mistakes,” Weachter said.  “Things just aren’t quite there yet in the passing game.  With the defense we have, we cannot continually turn the ball over.
“They’re a tough football team,” Weachter continued. “It was a tough opener for Werner to make his first varsity start at quarterback against a team like that.  We’ve got to keep our heads above water through these first four games.”
McDevitt got a 13-of-22 night from its junior field general with 129 passing yards and one interception.  Lawson added a team-high 71 yards on 11 carries and freshman Andre Robinson added 12 yards on seven carries and Darnell Holland five yards on three totes.
Gateway got a game-high 104 yards on 12 carries from Woodson, and Franklin posted 41 yards on 11 carries and Graham Davis chipped in with 54 yards on six carries.  Woodson finished 2-of-5 for 24 yards, but he did not commit any turnovers.  The Gators did commit eight penalties for 60 yards to McDevitt’s four flags for 30 yards.
NOTES: The Gators honored fallen teammate Darrell Turner during a poignant pregame ceremony.  Turner was tragically killed in a shooting over the summer months in Durham, N.C.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, Gateway cheerleaders released a bundle of black, gold and white balloons into the air.  The Gateway team will honor Turner by wearing his number 25 on their helmets and Turner’s jersey will accompany the team to all games, both home and away.
“That was one of the hardest things our team has ever had to deal with,” Smith said.  “I wasn’t sure how our kids would come out tonight.  During the ceremony, there were tears in all of our eyes.”
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MONROEVILLE, Pa. – There’s something about the big stage of Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s season openers and the performances of Damion Jones-Moore.
The career 3,400-yard rusher torched Youngstown Ursuline for more than 200 yards in 2009, then ran for 110 more to open the Vikings’ 2010 opener against eventual Ohio state champ Akron Buchtel.  So 2011 figured to be no different, especially since Central’s game with Archbishop Wood was being televised nationally on ESPN2.
“He set his mind that he was going to have a great game,” said Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten. “He knew Peoples (Archbishop Wood’s senior back Desmon Peoples) was a great back with BCS offers.”
Pittsburgh Central Catholic (1-0) got a game-high 192 rushing yards on 17 carries from Jones-Moore and got a game-sealing 69-yard run from quarterback Perry Hills to fend off a physical, punishing, rugged effort from Archbishop Wood (0-1) for a 20-17 victory in the Gateway Kickoff Classic from Antimarino Stadium in Monroeville.
The ending wasn’t without controversy – Archbishop Wood kicker Nick Visco lined up to attempt a game-tying 40-yard field goal with 1:14 left in the game, but the kick was ruled to have sailed just slightly wide of the left upright of the north goal post.  Visco stood in shock on the field after the call.  It was his second field goal attempt of the game ruled no good.
“I thought it went through (the uprights), but I’m not standing out there in the center of the field,” said Wood head coach Steve Devlin. “The only thing you can do is to take the negative and turn it into a positive.”
Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten tipped his hat to Wood.
“We were fortunate to get a stop,” Totten said.  “They (Wood) are one hell of a football team – they’re big up front and have a lot of skill behind it.  They played a heck of a football game today.”
Central Catholic, the state’s consensus #1 AAAA team, got pushed right from the onset.  After forcing a three-and-out, Wood went 61 yards in four plays – all runs – to take a 7-0 lead on a Brandon Peoples 29-yard touchdown run on a trap play, coming out of the gate like gangbusters.
“They used the tailback and fullback effectively,” Totten said.  “That’s very tough to stop when a team runs it as good as Wood.”
“We did what we wanted to do,” Devlin said of Wood’s early game plan.
Central Catholic fired back quickly to break its goose egg.  Jones-Moore scored on a 51-yard run to slice Wood’s advantage to 7-6 with 3:19 left in the opening stanza, set up by a 39-yard connection from Hills to Brandon Farrell.  Jones-Moore’s big touchdown run lifted Central’s running game out of the doldrums, as up until that point, PCC had only four team carries for one solitary yard.
Wood widened its margin to 10-6 with 11:10 left in the first half on a Visco 35-yard field goal, but within two plays, the PCL reps were out of the lead.
Jones-Moore busted a 70-yard touchdown and Central had itself a 13-10 lead just 25 seconds after Visco’s field goal.  The scoring run was made possible by a punishing pancake block from PCC senior fullback Rob Brown, allowing Jones-Moore to find the sideline and rocket away from the Wood defense.
“I had great blocking (on that run),” Jones-Moore said.  “I wouldn’t want anyone else beside Rob Brown blocking for me.”
The game appeared to be swinging towards Central Catholic’s favor when Hills (6-of-13, 122 yards) hooked up with fellow Maryland recruit Anthony Nixon (4 rec., 75 yards) on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 2:41 left in the third quarter, capping a 13-play, 76-yard, 6:10-drive.  Nixon caught three of his four passes on that drive.
But Wood was not done.  Brandon Peoples brought Wood to within 20-17 on its ensuing possession thanks to a 19-yard scoring run.  After both teams combined for three three-and-outs, that set the stage for Wood’s final drive.
Hatboro-Horsham transfer Benji Abercrombie got behind the Central Catholic defense and southpaw Joey Monaghan lofted a spiral his way, resulting in a momentum-shifting 57-yard completion to the CC 13 yard line.  That momentum, however, was short-lived, as the teams were called off the field for a 30-minute weather delay, believed to be caused by lightning in the area.
“We thought we had it (set up),” Devlin said. “We ran some crossing action and Benji got behind them.”
On Wood’s third play following the stoppage, Monaghan was sacked for a 10-yard loss, setting the stage for Visco’s game-tying 40-yard field goal attempt.
Wood finished the day with 335 yards of offense – an impressive 226 of that came by way of the ground game, spearheaded by the line play of Nick Arcidiacono, Brandon Arcidiacono, Frank Taylor, Fran Walsh, George Griffin and tight end Colin Thompson.  Desmon Peoples finished with 102 yards on 23 carries; Brandon Peoples added 87 yards on nine totes; Monaghan finished with six yards on nine carries; and Andrew Guckin had 33 yards on two rushes.  Monaghan threw for 109 yards on a 6-of-7 day, and did not turn the ball over.
Central Catholic, paced by Jones-Moore’s effort on the ground, chewed up 289 yards, with additional contributions from Hills (six rushes, 71 yards, long of 69), sophomore Luigi Lista-Brinza (three rushes, 12 yards) and Nixon (13-yard rush in the third quarter).  Farrell added two receptions for 47 yards for PCC.
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Plymouth Whitemarsh, Pa. A quarterback benching, three interceptions by one quarterback, three lost fumbles by another quarterback, over 200 rushing yards for a running back and four touchdown receptions by a receiver all contributed to the LaSalle Explorers wild 44-27 showcase game victory over the North Penn Knights at Plymouth Whitemarsh stadium in what may eventually point to a potential rematch of their AAAA eastern championship from a year ago.
What makes players stand out has been the ability to forget about the past mistakes and begin to make plays. LaSalle Quarterback Matt Magarity found himself in that situation and he looked for an old buddy in Senior Colin Buckley to help him turn around his game.
After a scoreless first quarter,  Magarity threw the first of his three interceptions giving the ball to the Knights on LaSalle’s 35. Six plays later North Penn’s Ralph Reeves blasted in from the two for a 7-0 lead. LaSalle came right back on their next drive with Magarity connecting with Junior Sean Coleman for gains of 20 and 24 and a Tim Wade 18 yard TD run and a 7-7 tie. North Penn countered immediately with Junior Kyle Mayfield’s 71 yard TD run down the right sideline and later in the quarter with a 16 yard TD pass from Corey Ernst to Don Gevirtz and a 21-10 lead going into the half.
Magarity started the second half on the bench after his second interception. Gordon inserted him back into the lineup after replacing him with Junior Chris Kane for a couple of series. At that point in the game the Explorers needed someone to step up and make a play. Enter Magarity’s childhood friend, Buckley. Getting his second chance, Magarity, found the 6-foot-3 receiver on a nine yard fade pattern for a touchdown. The team pulled to within 21-16. The Knights responded immediately with another long run by Mayfield (75 yards) putting the ball on the five before James Fielder punched it in for a touchdown and a nine point Knight lead. However on LaSalle’s next possession Magarity sold the run with a beautiful play fake and lofted a pass over the outstretched arms of a Knights defender right into Buckley’s hands and a 64 yard TD to bring them to within 27-23.
After a 40 yard punt return by Explorer Casey Eidenshink putting the ball on the Knights 10, LaSalle took their first lead when Magarity rolled the dice on third down from the one with another beautiful play fake and hit Buckley on a hitch pattern in the end zone and an Explorer 30-27 lead.
As one quarterback started to hit his mark, the other began to struggle. Ernst then lost a fumble at their 31 and Magarity went right back to work with his favorite target ending with another nine yard TD to Buckley. Another late touchdown by Tim Wade put the game out of reach for the Knights.
Besides Buckley’s four TD’s Magarity threw for 227 yards. The Knights Mayfield (only a Junior) ran for 206 yards and a touchdown. Reeves played a monster game with a touchdown, an interception and a load of tackles at MLB. Sean Burke was in on a host of tackles for LaSalle. The LaSalle Offensive line of Dan Wasylenko, Connor Kerrigan, Tyler Kern and Patrick Hoffman provided great protection for Magarity in the second half.
Originally North Penn was supposed to have wrapped up a two year, start of season series with western Pa. power Gateway high school. When that didn’t happen these two schools decided to make this showcase series to shape. In addition to their wild eastern AAAA final last year (38-35 LaSalle), this has now become a major league rivalry.
North Penn (SOL Continental Conference) looks to be as formidable as they have been for the last 10 years. No doubt they will contend for the D1 district title. LaSalle will be in the mix of a very competitive PCL schedule.
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ALLENTOWN – This game looked more like a basketball score. Both teams  combined for 103 points, which would make Wilt Chamberlin proud. In his  first start at quarterback, Kyle Lauletta threw for 254 yards and four  touchdowns to lead Downingtown East over Allentown Central Catholic  62-41 in a nonleague football game Saturday night at J. Birney Crum  Stadium.

The partnership of Harris & Harris set the tone early Saturday  night. Drew Harris scored on runs of 1 and 10 and Jay Harris hauled in a  33-yard touchdown pass from Lauletta and before they could catch their  breath Allentown Central Catholic trailed 18-0.

After a Colin McDermott three-yard touchdown run, Downingtown East  answered right back with a Jay Harris 54-yard touchdown reception. East  scored on its first four possessions and led 25-7.

Downingtown East head coach Mike Matta talked about Harris, “Jay  Harris is a tremendous athlete and no one works harder than he does. He  is the first one in the weight room and the last to leave. He is just a  explosive player on the field and is fun to coach.”

ACC scored the next 20 points to take a halftime lead 27-25. South  Carolina bound Quarterback Brendan Nosovitch hit Kevin Gulyas for a  91-yard touchdown pass and McDermott added runs of 4 and 3.

With all the momentum on the Vikings side they had a chance to add to  their lead with under a minute remaining in the first half. But the  threat ended on an interception by Downingtown East defender in the end  zone.

That ended up being a key play going into the second half. Matta  said, “I think that was huge. If we went down nine points at halftime it  may have been a little more difficult to rally.”

In the second half it was all Downingtown East, scoring five times.  Lauletta threw two touchdowns, Eddie Kozlowski’s 60-yard run and Drew  Harris’ 49-yard run. Nick Dudley finished off the scoring with a 45-yard  interception return.

Downingtown East’s defense held Central Catholic to two scores in the  second half. Coach Matta talked about making the adjustments, “We did a  lot of three men front in the first half and we did more four man front  in the second half.”

Nosovitch finished the game throwing for over 300 yards and two  scores. But turnovers hurt their chances throughout the game and four of  the five turnovers were interceptions. Last season he only threw 11  interceptions total in 16 games.

NOTE: The big three:  Drew Harris rushed for 220  yards and three scores. Emerging star wide receiver Jay Harris caught  five passes for 107 yards and two scores. Lauletta threw for over 200  yards and four scores. East finished the game with over 600 total yards  of offense.

Allentown Central Catholic (0-1) will try to regroup next week on the  road against Bethlehem Freedom. Downingtown East (1-0) is home against  Bayard Rustin.

 

First quarter

DE – Drew Harris 1 run 11:03

DE – Jay Harris 33 pass from Kyle Lauletta 6:52

DE – Drew Harris 10 run 5:16

CC – Colin McDermott 3 run 1:10

 

Second quarter

DE – Jay Harris 54 pass from Lauletta 10:58

CC – Kevin Gulyas 91 pass from Brendan Nosovitch 9:58

CC – McDermott 4 run 7:15

CC – McDermott 3 run 2:48

 

Third quarter

DE – Ryan Bond 21 pass from Lauletta 7:32

DE – Wade Mastrog 83 pass from Lauletta 4:44

 

Fourth quarter

DE – Eddie Kozlowski 60 run 11:49

DE – Drew Harris 49 run 10:42

CC – G.B. Harkins 2 run 9:08

DE – Nick Dudley 45 interception return 6:17

CC – Gulyas 11 pass from Nosovitch 5:01

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