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
Wood- Kyle Adkins 2 pass from Monaghan- Nick Visco kick
Wood-Nate Smith- 50 yard punt return- Nick Visco kick
Wood-Brandon Peoples 28 yard run- Nick Visco kick
Wood-Desmon Peoples- 58 yard run-Nick Visco kick
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