Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2012
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West Catholic 30, Carroll 7: The Burrs claimed their seventh consecutive title (five in AA; two previously in Blue) as Greg White produced 183 yards and three TDs on 29 carries. Antwain McCollum (10-for-13, 142) ran for the other six-pointer. Ryan Boornazian's 7-yard run prevented a shutout.
Wood 54, O'Hara 28: Just one week after rushing for 345 yards and six TDs, Andrew Guckin posted 304 and four as the Vikings rolled. He became just the second player in city history to reach 300 yards in consecutive games (also 342); the first was the San Diego Chargers' Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley (West Catholic '04). Josh Messina (8-87) and Jarrett McClenton (6-72) halved four more rushing TDs; Tom Garlick went 0-for-2 on passes. O'Hara's Dashawn "Day-Day" Darden passed 20-for-31 for 227 and four scores, with two going to Thaddius Smith (6-68).
Bonner-Prendergast 28, Lansdale 0: Jim Haley accounted for three TDs by rushing for two (16-106) and hitting Kyle Dawson for another. Christian Summers added five catches for 95 yards while Joe DePhillipo bagged 113 yards on 24 rushes.
Wood 38, Bonner-Prendergast 16: After rushing for 345 and 304 yards in his previous two outings, Andrew Guckin produced 281 and four TDs on 24 carries to power the Vikings to their fifth consecutive title. They're perfect in league play (27-0, counting playoffs) during that span. Nick Visco added a field goal and five PAT while Chris Rahill posted an interception. For B-P, Jim Haley ran 15 times for 96 yards and two TDs while sharing passing duties (88 yards) with Collin DiGalbo (10-for-18, 140). Mike Roman (7-70) and Christian Summers (4-68) were the receiving leaders.
SJ Prep 29, Ryan 6: Tight end Dan Sherry, a starter at safety and the 4-year punter, turned his first two catches of the season into TDs of 55 and 15 yards, Todd Jones added an interception to 10 tackles and Olamide Zaccheaus, with the matter not yet decided, raced 79 yards for a score after Pat McCabe made an end-zone interception. For Ryan, Mark Ostaszewski ran 20 times for 58 yards and a TD, passed 7-for-17 for 118 yards and posted an interception.
La Salle 42, Roman 13: Sometimes out of a wildcat formation, Jimmy Herron garnered 148 yards and one TD on 20 carries while adding another score on a pass from Chris Kane. The Explorers tallied the last four TDs and Mike Eife started the outburst with two; 1-yard run and 68-yard reception. Herron also threw for a score and became the second player in city postseason history -- Bob Mahan did so for West Catholic in the '62 CL final -- to account for rushing, passing and receiving TDs in one game. He'd also accomplished that feat in a regular season game vs. Ryan. For Roman, Michael Keir passed 17-for-28 for 194 yards and a TD to Patrick McCourt, brother of the Cahillites' coach, Joe.
La Salle 28, SJ Prep 27 (OT): City playoff records took a beating as the Explorers, before an overflow crowd, captured their fifth consecutive championship and avenged a regular season loss. Sean Coleman caught 14 passes (former record 12) for 138 yards and four TDs (FR three) and Chris Kane notched four TD passes while posting 328 yards and erasing the bests for completions (31, FR 22) and attempts (46, FR 42). In OT, after Olamide Zaccheaus scored for Prep on a 10-yard run and the PAT went awry, La Salle won it with Kane's 5-yard, right-to-middle slant to Coleman and Ryan Winslow's kick. Zaccheaus also tallied on a reception and 90-yard kickoff return. This was just the second OT final in CL history (also 1990).
Imhotep 40, West Catholic 8: David Williams, a transfer from WC, rushed 22 times for 191 yards and two TDs as the Panthers, coached by former WC assistant Albie Crosby, became the second Pub victor (also Washington '08) in 5 years of classification City Titles. Andre Dreuitt passed for a score to Denniston "DJ" Moore and burrowed 1 yard for another. G-DT Tyrone Barge, the only two-way starter, returned a fumble 60 yards for the final TD. Greg White ran for West's score. The loss was the Burrs' worst since the final game of the 2001 season (47-0 to Penn Wood).
Wood 49, Bok 28: Before sitting down early in the third quarter, Josh Messina rang up 14 tackles (eight solos, four for losses) forced a fumble and picked off a pass as the Vikings captured their fifth consecutive CT. He also ran for a TD. Jarrett McClenton zoomed to 217 yards on three consecutive touches, thanks for runs of 69 and 56 yards (TD) and a 92-yard kickoff return for another score. Bok’s Antoine Whitney generated 329 all-purpose yards – 13-87 rushing, 6-138 receiving, 6-87 kickoff returns, 1-17 interception return – and tallied two TDs.
La Salle 37, Frankford 20: Soph Jordan Meachum, limited or sidelined all season by a recurring hip injury, turned seven carries into 146 yards and one TD. Also, his long runs set up a field goal and six-pointer. The Explorers’ longest score went to soph Jimmy Herron on a pass from Chris Kane. Dad Poquie and Sean Coleman posted interceptions to help La Salle capture its fourth consecutive CT. In the second half, played with a running clock, Frankford’s Tim DiGiorgio passed for 170 of his 250 yards while enjoying streaks of five and four consecutive completions. Rene Herrera (62-yard reception) bagged the longest TD.