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.
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
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
DE – Ryan Bond 21 pass from Lauletta 7:32
DE – Wade Mastrog 83 pass from Lauletta 4:44
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