Philadelphia High School Football
Recaps of Catholic League Championship Games

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1921
Two Games to Break Triple Tie
At Strawbridge & Clothier Field
Villanova Prep 7, West 0
    As 3,000 fans watched in heavy rain, the only score came on
defense as Courtney blocked a first-quarter punt and Whalen recovered in
the end zone. McNamara made an interception to thwart West's best
scoring chance.
At Franklin Field
SJ Prep 21, Villanova Prep 10
    Leo Breslin ran 40 yards for a touchdown from scrimmage and William
Downey returned a punt the same distance for another score as The Prep
seized early command. Emmett Osbourn's 1-yard TD completed St. Joe's scoring.
For Villanova, the highlight was McNamara's 37-yard field goal.

1922
At Baker Bowl
Roman 13, Villanova Prep 9
    In the dying moments of the game, Charlie McKinney caught a punt
on Roman's 5-yard line and zig-zagged 95 yards for the game-winning TD.
Villanova had taken a 9-6 lead earlier in the quarter on Vail's 35-yard
field goal. A 35-yard pass from McKinney to Francis "Dibby" Cassidy set
up the game's first score, Vince McNally's 4-yard run. Villanova countered
with Jimmy Quinn's 3-yard run. The Cahillites finished with a quite unusual
overall record of 7-0-4. Included was a 6-6 road tie against St. James, of
Haverhill, Mass.

1927
At Baker Bowl
Roman 26, La Salle 0
    Andy Boyle returned an interception 62 yards for the most
exciting TD as the Cahillites rolled. Frank Hickey and Clarence McNally
scored on running plays and Len Tanseer recovered a blocked punt for a
TD.
       
1934
At Baker Bowl
North 0, Salesianum 0 (tie)
    North accumulated 11 first downs with the help of 252 rushing
yards, but could not get into the end zone. Early in the fourth quarter,
North gained only 2 yards on fourth-and-3 from the 5. When Salesianum
failed to move the ball, Tommy Conaty uncorked a booming punt and later
made an interception.

1935
At Baker Bowl
North 9, West 0
    North led at halftime, 2-0, on an errant snap that squirted out
of the end zone. The clinching score came in the third quarter on a pass
from Ed Reagan to John "Buzz" Howlett. West was held to two first downs.

1937
At Baker Bowl
North 13, SJ Prep 0
    John Sadlik ran for a second-quarter TD after North got a huge
break -- "Moe" McCarthy intercepted for Prep, then tossed an errant
lateral that was recovered by "Bucko" Kilroy and Dick Donahue. Marty
Toohey, whose block had led Sadlik into the end zone, ran for a TD of
his own on the final play of the game. For Prep, Phil Clay passed
7-for-19 for 52 yards.

1938

Decided in Regular Season
SJ Prep (7-1-0)
   In very sloppy conditions, the Hawklets clinched the title with a game
remaining by edging St. John's, 7-0. The score, on Tom Patchel's 4-yard
run, capped a 59-yard drive that started the game. Patchel also made a
tackle, for a 5-yard loss, back to the 13, to thwart St. John's most
serious drive. The Prep lost its finale to Roman, the runner-up at 5-1-2.

1939
Decided in Regular Season
SJ Prep (7-0-0)
    On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, before 25,000 at Shibe Park,
Dick Baraldi's 30-yard field goal got the Hawklets started in a 16-0,
title-earning win over archrival Roman. Bill Brady added two scoring
passes. Roman settled for second at 5-1-1.

1940
Decided in Regular Season
West (6-1-0)
    The Burrs won the title on the final day before 15,000, the
largest crowd ever to see an athletic event at St. Joseph's College. The
victim was neighborhood rival ST More, 25-0, and Jack Kelly ran for
three TDs.

1941
Decided in Regular Season
West (6-0-1)
    The Burrs nipped SJ Prep, 13-12, at St. Joseph's College to go
to 6-0-1 as Paul Lhulier twice broke through to block PAT. John Bradley
and Leo Dillon scored TDs and John Willis connected on a PAT. Roman went
5-2-0 for second.

1942
Decided in Regular Season
SJ Prep (6-0-1)
    Before 10,000 at St. Joseph's College, Mickey McLaughlin ran 45
yards with an interception for a last-minute clinching TD and the
Hawklets topped Roman, 13-6, to win the championship. The winners' other
TD came on Harry Doyle's 26-yard pass to sub Cliff Gardner. Joe Rogers
ran for Roman's score. West earned second at 4-0-3.

1943
Decided in Regular Season
West (8-0-0)
    The Burrs fashioned the first 8-0-0 season in league history and
the capper was a record-setting, 59-7 stomping of St. John's at St.
Joseph's College. John Tulskie (four) and Dan Brown (two) led the TD
parade. Bill Thomas, Len Hope and Jim Dougherty also had TDs.

1944
Decided in Regular Season
West (8-0-0)
    There were nervous moments, but the Burrs went to 8-0-0 before
7,500 at St. Joseph's College by edging SJ Prep, 7-0, on a 5-yard,
fourth-quarter TD pass from Bob Connor to Joe Dougherty. Jim Burke's
interception set up the score. West won its 18th consecutive game
overall and stretched its unbeaten league streak to 35 games.

1945
At Shibe Park
West 12, Roman 0
    Francis "Reds" Bagnell ran 7 yards for one TD and passed 2 yards
to Bill Henricks for another. Roman made a pair of serious threats late
in the first half, but Joe Sucher twice batted down passes in the end
zone.

1946
At Shibe Park
West 8, North 0
    With 40,000 fans jammed into the stadium, Emory McCourt scored
the only TD on a 9-yard, first-quarter pass from Charley Albertus. The
score was set up when Joe Sucher blocked a punt and John Bogan recovered
on North's 22. The title was West's fourth in a row and sixth in seven
years. The safety came in the fourth quarter, when Joe O'Brien, under
heavy pressure, stepped out of the end zone while trying to pass. North
gained 2 fewer yards than did West, 144-142.

1947
Decided in Regular Season
Roman (8-0-0)
    Larry Chiodetti ran for two scores and Frank Brill settled for
one as the Cahillites bested SJ Prep, 19-6, to land their first title
since 1928. A crowd of 22,000 witnessed the game at Shibe Park. Dick
Wiess had an excellent day punting, sending the ball to the 1, 4, 9 and
12. He also had a key interception. West went 7-1-0 for second.

1948
Decided in Regular Season
South (8-0-0)
    In a night game before 30,000 at Shibe Park, the Pirates
improved to 8-0-0 and captured their first title in 14 years of CL
membership by topping West, 13-0. South had never before posted better
than a .500 league record. The first TD came as Joe Schultz blocked a
punt and Dick DeLuca ran 7 yards on a return. Jim D'Amico's interception
set up Bill Powers's 1-yard TD run. North went 7-1-0 for second.

1949
Decided in Regular Season
North (8-0-0)
    As the Falcons subdued St. James, 33-0, to win the title, Vince
Furlong ran for two scores and John Seixas, Ed Parker and John McDonnell
caught one TD pass apiece. South took the runner-up spot at 6-1-1.

1950
Decided in Regular Season
North (7-0-0)
    The Falcons went to 7-0-0 and captured their 24th consecutive
overall win by downing West, 19-7. John McDonnell (11 yards) and Rod
Haughey (74) ran for fourth quarter TDs as North overcame a 7-6 deficit.

1951
Decided in Regular Season
West (7-0-0)
    The Burrs blasted SJ Prep, 34-6, to finish unbeaten as John
Bauer ran 22 and 44 yards for TDs and defensive lineman Charley
Pastorius rumbled 42 yards after intercepting a deflected pass. Andy
McFadden had a fumble recovery to set up a score.

1952
Decided in Regular Season
North (6-0-1)
    John Goshow capped a 40-0, title-winning rout of host ST More by
scoring on a 2-yard interception return. Jim Walsh scored the Falcons'
first two TDs on a pair of 2-yard runs. The Golden Bears were blanked in
all seven league games. South was second at 6-1-0.

1953
Decided in Regular Season
St. James (7-0-0)
    Dick Christy played a part in all five TDs -- running for three,
passing for two -- as the Bulldogs, CL members for 11 seasons, bashed
West, 34-0, to win their first title. Christy's two longest TDs covered
73 and 88 yards. One of his TD tosses, to Don "Ducky" Van Horn, came on
a fake punt. South went 6-1-0 for second.

1954
Decided in Regular Season
South (7-0-0)
    The title was clinched with a week remaining as the Pirates,
before 25,000 at Municipal Stadium, downed St. James, 19-7. South
extended an unbeaten streak to 14 games; St. James saw its streak end at
17. Bill Boegly scored once apiece on a reception and a run. Jim
Grazione scored on an interception. In its finale, South hammered Roman,
39-0, as Grazione passed 11-for-13 for 209 yards and three TDs and
scored on a 70-yard punt return.

1955
Decided in Regular Season
La Salle (7-0-0)
    The host Explorers claimed the title in Game No. 6 by trimming
Roman, 13-0, as Ray Frankson and Bill Dick ran for TDs. They went to
7-0-0 the next week in a 22-0 win over ST More. La Salle gave up only
one TD in league action; it finished with six consecutive shutouts.

1956
Decided in Regular Season
North (7-1-0)
    Marty Qualtieri rushed for two scores and Don Rankin ran for one
and passed for two more as the Falcons took to the road in their finale
and licked La Salle, 34-12, to go to 7-1-0. La Salle's highlight was an
86-yard TD return for a score by Scott Maxwell.

1957
Decided in Regular Season
La Salle (7-0-0)
    The Explorers went to 7-0-0 (a game vs. North was canceled) by
thrashing visiting St. James, 40-18. John Herrera ran 18 times for 144
yards and three TDs and added four PAT to finish with 101 league points.
Scott Maxwell added 137 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. North went
5-1-1 for second.

1958
Decided in Regular Season
La Salle (8-1-0)
    Scott Maxwell ran for three short TDs as the Explorers completed
an 8-1-0 campaign by humbling host Roman, 34-0. Barry Dunleavy and Fred
Shaughnessy had interceptions to set up TDs. Neumann and St. James tied
for second at 7-2-0.

1959
At Franklin Field
Bonner 6, La Salle 0
    Sprung by Tony Dolcemore's block, Russ Hendricks (16-116)
scampered 80 yards for a TD with 6:30 remaining as Bonner won the title
in only its fourth year of CL competition. Just before Hendricks' score,
Dan Cugini stopped Harry Heinzl (22-72) on a fourth-and-1 play at
Bonner's 9.

1960
Decided in Regular Season
La Salle (8-0-1)
    Tom Crow ran for two TDs as the Explorers took the crown in a
28-8 win over North. The triumph raised coach John "Tex" Flannery's
five-season record to 40-6-0. West went 6-1-2 for second.

1961
At Temple Stadium
Bonner 13, La Salle 6
    Pete Padley and QB Jack McIlhenney ran for TDs for Bonner, which
had lost to La Salle, 16-0, in the regular season. La Salle receivers
dropped four would-be TD passes, but Tom Hendricks did catch one on a
29-yard flip from Frank Daniel.

1962
At Franklin Field
West 38, Judge 16
    Bob Mahan ran for three TDs, scored another on a 30-yard pass
from Tom DeFelice and threw for a score to Bill McGrath. DeFelice (thigh
injury) was seeing his first action in a month. Tom Stretch ran for both
Judge TDs.

1963
At Franklin Field
Egan 36, SJ Prep 14
    The running of Paul McDowell (17-104, two TDs) and John Kerr
(21-91, TD) enabled Egan to win the title in its first year of CL
membership. For Prep, which won the Southern Division in its return to
CL competition after a six-season absence, Billy Frank's fumble recovery
set up the game's first TD, Brendan Murray's 2-yard run.

1964
At Kennedy Stadium
Judge 32, St. James 14
    Charlie Jarvis scored on passes of 40 and 18 yards from Bill
Kelly and ran 8 yards for a TD to lead Judge. He also kicked two PAT and
uncorked a 66-yard quick kick. Kelly scored a TD of his own on a keeper.
Frank McGuigan got the Crusaders rolling by scoring on a 55-yard
interception return. For St. James, halfback Tom Kaufman threw for two
scores on trick plays and Bob "Sparky" Faries had an interception.

1965
At Kennedy Stadium
West 28, Egan 13
    John Barth passed 9-for-15 for 94 yards and a TD to Mike
DiDonato, who also rushed for a score, to give first-year coach John
McAneney the win. John Small returned a kickoff 79 yards for a TD and
Jim Phillips (20-96) ran in from the 2 after Barth fired a 41-yard
completion to Pat Egan. Bill Travers and George Croyden made fumble
recoveries to set up scores. QB Sylvester "Pancho" Micir scored both
Egan TDs.

1966
At Kennedy Stadium
Egan 39, West 6
    Larry Marshall, who'd become a backfield starter at midseason
due to injury, contributed three TDs (run, pass, 77-yard kickoff return)
and John Lyons rushed 13 times for 108 yards and a score. Bob Migliorino
and Craig Kugler had two interceptions each and Gary Gray recovered two
fumbles. Jim Suravicz's midfield block sprung Tom Duffy for a 96-yard
kickoff return TD. Joe Gifford ran for West's TD.

1967
At Temple Stadium
Egan 27, West 8
    Larry Marshall sprinted for a 58-yard TD just 43 seconds into
the second half, expanding Egan's lead to 14-0. Frank Yacovino, Mike
Goetz and Jim Ryan also ran for TDs. Star linebacker Gary Gray injured
his ankle with Egan ahead, 20-0. For West, Dennis Kollhoff ran 3 yards
for a TD while Rich Lee had an 86-yard punt return TD nullified by
clipping.

1968
At Temple Stadium
Dougherty 31, Bonner 14
    David Bland rushed 30 times for 160 yards and three TDs and Ray
Capriotti passed for TDs to Harvey McGee and Bill Chambers. QB John
Cappelletti ran for all of Bonner's points.

1969
At Temple Stadium
Egan 7, St. James 6
    Egan rolled up 317 yards rushing thanks to Dennis Molloy
(20-123), Bob Lamina (18-102) and Ed McDowell (18-74), but lost two TDs
and was held scoreless until 6:05 left, when McDowell ran 15 yards for a
TD. Tim Koch added the PAT, then Brian Sweeney and Lou Siesser made late
interceptions. Joe Ryan's 1-yard TD was all the scoring for St. James,
which entered with a 37-point average.

1970
At Temple Stadium
Egan 20, St. James 8
    QB Dick Bedesem Jr. rushed 18 times for 96 yards and a TD to
help his father win the CL championship for the fifth time in eight
years. Mark Donahue ran for one score and passed to John Schailey for
another. Punter Frank Scoz ran for a first down to set up Egan's final
TD. For St. James, QB Tony Kozak ran for a score.

1971
At Villanova Stadium
Carroll 33, Kenrick 12
    Carroll was sparked by the two-TD running of John Keefer (18-76)
and two-TD passing of Billy Zwaan, who also ran for a score. Zwaan's TD
tosses went to Mark Logue and Steve Adelizzi. Joe Santoleri had eight
unassisted tackles and an interception. For Kenrick, the highlight came
when Dennis Molyneaux picked up a blocked punt and ran 39 yards for a
TD.

1972
At Villanova Stadium
St. James 29, Kenrick 27
    On an end-around double reverse, Dave Kasarsky threw a 50-yard
scoring pass to QB Kevin Dare to erase a 14-13 deficit and give St.
James momentum. Dare threw a 49-yard TD pass to Bill Warrington and Tony
Serge ran for two TDs. For Kenrick, Jim Genuardi carried 15 times for
124 yards and a TD while Jordy Hinkle ran for one score and passed for
another.

1973
At Villanova Stadium
O'Hara 11, Ryan 8
    After his successful 28-yard field was nullified by illegal
procedure, Tom Gallagher broke an 8-8 tie with 6:13 remaining by
connecting again from 33 yards. O'Hara coach Chappy Moore had lost in
the two previous finals while coaching Kenrick. Mike Chenet, Gallagher's
holder, scored the Lions' TD on a 4-yard run and Mike Narcise rushed for
48 yards on 18 carries. Sean Collins made three interceptions. John
Zeglinski scored for Ryan.

1974
At Villanova Stadium
Wood 19, Carroll 15
    A few days after his father, Dick, accepted the head coaching
job at Villanova, Greg Bedesem rushed 16 times for 102 yards and a
46-yard TD on a muddy field as Wood won its first championship. Wood
coach John "Skip" Duffy had played under Dick Bedesem at Egan. Charlie
Gross (22-79) and Ed Guarnaccia (14-77) also ran for a TD apiece for
Wood, which scored the first 19 points and then held on as Mike Bailey
(19-for-30, 212) threw a pair of TD passes to Mike Saksa (12-176) and
came close to a third. Ray Kent's end-zone interception with 1:18 left
saved Wood.

1975
At Northeast
Judge 29, SJ Prep 6
    Mike McKay completed just four passes in 13 attempts and endured
three interceptions, but fired TD passes to Pete Shelinsky (25 yards)
and Paul Lafferty (83 yards). Jim DiGiovanni contributed 111 yards and a
TD on 20 carries. Matt Kaupp, brother of Judge assistant Bob Kaupp, made
seven tackles and recovered two fumbles. The Prep avoided a shutout with
0:50 left on Greg McIlvain's 9-yard pass to John Pedrotty.    

1976
At Temple Stadium
Carroll 27, Judge 21
    Joe Kennedy rushed 21 times for 82 yards and three TDs and Nick
Becker passed 10-for-15 for 177 yards and a score to Steve Austin. Kevin
Mullen added four catches for 58 yards and Tom Kincade (13-87) aided the
rushing attack. For Judge, Joe Shelinsky (17-84, two TDs) paced the
rushing attack and Ed Clark passed 12-for-24 for 183 yards and a score
to Jim Sullivan that moved the Crusaders within 27-21. Judge ran 11
plays on two series in the last 2:48, but netted just 1 yard due to
strong defense by Tom Seibert and Dennis Farrell.

1977
At Northeast
SJ Prep 19, Dougherty 7
    Joe Rabuck logged a whopping 43 carries for 139 yards, but John
Salera accounted for all three TDs by running for two and passing to
Gilbert Robbins for another. Salera passed 7-for-15 for 91 yards and Joe
McErlean made three receptions for 65 yards. Dougherty scored on Bob
Loscalzo's 40-yard pass to Andy Baratta.

1978
At Northeast
Wood 7, O'Hara 6
    Wood posted a 35-yard TD run by Bill Black (22-101) on its first
series, then held on. With 6:44 remaining, Bob Rafferty ran 4 yards for
a TD and kicker Bill Mitchell ran onto the field though O'Hara was
trailing the total offense battle by 50 yards and that would have been
the determining factor had the game ended in a tie. After much
discussion, O'Hara went for two and Brian McCartney intercepted.

1979
At Northeast
O'Hara 10, Judge 7
    John Bauer ran 3 yards for a TD with 3:10 left to provide the
win for O'Hara, which also received Bill Mitchell's 30-yard field goal.
Marty Cull rushed 29 times for 115 yards. Dave Vitalli (nine tackles),
Jim Hewitt (seven) and Chris Minton (late-game interception) led the
defense, which held Judge to 81 yards total offense.

1980
At Northeast
O'Hara 20, Wood 6
    Marty Cull, playing with a dislocated shoulder, picked up 115
yards and two TDs on 18 carries and Mike Boas kicked field goals of 35
and 38 yards to make a winner of interim coach Bob "Sparky" Faries,
who'd replaced Bob Ewing (health problems) early in the season. Tim
Chambers added three catches for 57 yards. For Wood, star QB Steve
Kettelberger was limited to 55 yards total offense.    

1981
At Northeast
Judge 28, O'Hara 15
    Jerry Magallanes rushed for 133 yards and two TDs on 33 carries
and caught a 46-yard scoring pass from John Higgins (5-for-12, 108). Ken
Jones added 75 yards and a TD on 11 carries. Greg Gallagher and Ed
Bambino had two interceptions each. For O'Hara, Sean Sullivan made four
catches for 81 yards and a TD.

1982
At Villanova Stadium
Dougherty 17, Carroll 14
    Bill Wright kicked a 23-yard field goal on the final play of the
game as Dougherty, which lost starting QB Richard Ashby (knee injury) in
the second quarter, overcame a 14-point deficit to win its first title
since 1968. Keith Rieser, playing halfback and QB, ran and passed for
scores and accounted for 161 yards total offense. David Bond was the
defensive hero of the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble and making an
interception. For Carroll, Dan Dinsmore rushed 29 times for 188 yards
and Jim Keenan scored both TDs.

1983
At Northeast
Judge 35, Neumann 0
    Mike Elentrio rushed 28 times for 106 yards and three TDs as
Judge (8-6-1) became the most-defeated champion in CL history. Brian
Golderer jump-started the Crusaders with a 46-yard TD run. Mike
O'Hanlon's nine tackles led the defense. For Neumann, Len Nelson was
limited to 45 yards on 11 carries and was unable to expand his
one-season, city-league record of 29 TDs.

1984
At Villanova Stadium
Judge 17, Carroll 10
    With Ed Tamasitis running for one score and passing for another
and Brian Dulin contributing 108 yards on 19 carries, Judge captured its
third out-of-nowhere title in four years. The Crusaders finished third
in the North after fourth-place finishes in '81 and '83. Tony Leneghan
made 11 tackles and recovered two fumbles. Rusher Chris Dransfield
(16-102, TD) starred for Carroll, which advanced to the Judge 9 before
time ran out.

1985
At Northeast High
O'Hara 12, Ryan 7
    Kevin Parker, switched from running back to quarterback after
O'Hara started the season 0-2, rushed 22 times for 68 yards and the
winning, fourth-quarter TD. Bryan Dempsey (14-63) also ran for a score.
Tom Siedzikowski preserved the win with a last-second interception at
the O'Hara 4. For Ryan, rushers Al Settembrino (10-61) and Rick
Hollawell (16-53, TD) led the way.

1986
At Villanova Stadium
McDevitt 20, O'Hara 0
    Brian Quigg (eight tackles), Scott Young (seven) and Fran
Lorenzo (two interceptions) spearheaded the defense as McDevitt
completed a 12-0 season on the field and recorded only the second
shutout in the 24-year history of scheduled title games. Mike Thomas ran
for two TDs and Andrew Brown gained 106 yards on 18 carries. The Lancers
finished 9-3 officially, forfeiting three league games for using an
ineligible player. O'Hara, averaging 24.4 points going in, suffered only
its seventh shutout in 10 seasons. Chris Morrell managed five catches
for 60 yards.

1987
At Villanova Stadium
McDevitt 14, St. James 0
    Dan Taylor passed 8-for-16 for 92 yards and a TD to Kevin Howard
(4-55) as McDevitt ran its two-season, on-field record to 23-0. Jason
Hannings (20-67) and Kevin Blackstock (8-47, TD) handled the rushing.
The Lancers posted an 86-26 scoring advantage in the playoffs and 330-90
overall. For St. James, Marcas Bradley was held to 27 yards on 11
carries, but finished his career with 682 carries for 3,108 yards and 34
TDs (37 overall).

1988
At Villanova Stadium
Ryan 6, Carroll 0
    Matt Knowles kicked field goals of 24 and 42 yards as Ryan won
the CL's first TD-less title game since North and Salesianum battled to
a scoreless tie in 1934. Coach John Quinn finally bagged a championship
in his 13th Ryan season spread over three stints. Frank Wycheck
accumulated 177 yards on 24 carries and added 58 yards on returns. Bill
Sachs passed 6-for-13 for 63 yards.

1989
At Villanova Stadium
La Salle 13, Roman 0
    Brian Daly made three interceptions -- he'd had none all season
despite earning All-Catholic honors -- and returned the second-half
kickoff 72 yards for a TD as La Salle took its first title since 1960.
The Explorers, who generated just 51 yards total offense and two first
downs, scored their other TD on Jim Convey's end-zone recovery of a
fumble forced by Martin Feeny. For Roman, Delano Benton made eight
tackles while flu-hampered QB Jim McGeehan was held to 84 yards on
6-for-27 passing.

1990
At Villanova Stadium
Ryan 20, Carroll 13 (OT)
    Jamie Sutton passed 15 yards to Jim Stott for the decisive score
as Ryan won the first CL title game to go overtime. Brian Hamill kicked
field goals of 32 and 39 yards, setting a one-season, city-league record
with 11 (in 16 attempts). Mark Ostaszewski rushed 35 times for 130
yards. For Carroll, Sean McGarvey returned a kickoff 86 yards for a TD
and star lineman Ray Kane, forced to sit out with a severe knee injury,
was presented a game ball by first-year Ryan coach Glen Galeone.

1991
At La Salle University
Ryan 13, St. James 0
    Mike Erbrick gained 147 yards on 31 carries and Brian Hamill
kicked field goals of 28 and 34 yards. Erbrick finished the season with
1,774 yards, the No. 2 total in CL history, and 14 TDs. The Raiders
became the first CL team in 29 years to go through the playoffs unscored
upon and they allowed just 29 points in 10 games against CL opposition
-- the best effort since O'Hara's 23 in '79. In 20 games against CL
opposition in '90 and '91, Ryan yielded just one rushing TD.

1992
At La Salle University
Ryan 25, Roman 8
    Gene McAleer (six tackles) and Dave McDonald (three
interceptions) led a defense that limited Roman to 60 yards total
offense and gave Ryan its first unbeaten season (12-0-1) in 25 years of
CL competition. McDonald returned one of his pilfers for a 34-yard TD.
Jaime Brown carried 24 times for 72 yards and a score. Eugene Small ran
for Roman's TD.

1993
At La Salle University
Ryan 10, Carroll 0
    Bill McVey ran 5 yards for a TD on a tight-end reverse and Kevin
Wyszynski kicked a 36-yard field goal as Ryan became the first CL team
to finish unbeaten against league opposition for a fourth consecutive
year (38-0-2). In those 40 games, assistant Lee Marvel's defense allowed
3.6 points per game and posted 21 shutouts. Jaime Brown rushed 22 times
for 76 yards and caught a 37-yard pass from Adrian Dumchus in the TD
drive.

1994
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Bonner 21, Carroll 0
    Passing whiz Mike Mitros surprised Carroll by running for 109
yards and TDs of 32 and 35 yards on 14 carries as Bonner won its first
title since 1961. Mitros also passed 5-for-14 for 102 yards and a
66-yard TD -- a city-league record 41st -- to Frank Serratore. For
Carroll, Andrew Tamaccio passed 16-for-29 for 198 yards, mostly to Corey
Hill (7-90) and Pete Hinckle (6-93).

1995
At Northeast
La Salle 14, Ryan 7
    Wearing heavy padding to protect a break at the base of his left
thumb, Mike Durso collected 43 yards and a TD on 10 carries. Kyle
Mallach added 50 yards and a score on eight carries. By going 9-for-18
for 109 yards, soph QB Brett Gordon finished the season with 2,136 yards
and 23 TDs, one short of the city-leagues record. Keith Lachawiec made
four sacks and two other tackles for losses. For Ryan, Chris Cavallaro
produced 78 yards and a TD on 18 rushes.

1996
At Northeast
La Salle 20, Judge 7
    Mike Durso rushed 22 times for 113 yards and a TD, becoming the
first Explorer all season to reach 100 yards, and Brett Gordon passed
16-for-33 for 162 yards and a TD to Jeff Pietrak. Gordon also kicked
field goals of 23 and 34 yards. La Salle finished the season as the
first 14-0 team in city-leagues history and extended its winning streak
to 25 games. Gordon's two-year varsity passing totals stood at 4,190
yards and 51 TDs. Jim Casey ran for Judge's TD.

1997
At Northeast
SJ Prep 14, Ryan 3
    Kevin Komelasky (nine tackles), Victor Hobson and Aaron Brown
(seven apiece) led the defense as the Hawklets limited Ryan to Mike
Gavaghan's 22-yard, first-quarter field goal and won their first
championship since 1977. Ryan's chances were damaged early in the second
quarter when leading rusher Jeff Moore suffered a broken ankle. The Prep
scored on Jermaine Slade's 6-yard pass from Steve Comly and Brown's
62-yard run. Brown ran eight times for 89 yards. Milton Johnson added
93 yards on 20 carries. Johnson and Ryan's Joe O'Connell (28-106) were
the first sophs in CL history to surpass 1,000 yards in a season. Their
totals: O'Connell (1,147), Johnson (1,032).

1998
At Northeast
La Salle 17, Ryan 3
    After playing most of the first half at quarterback, Chris
Pennington moved to running back and finished with 17 carries for 135
yards and two TDs. His clincher, a 47-yarder, came with 1:45 left.
Pennington's replacement, soph Gabe Marabella, passed 6-for-9 for 117
yards. Mike Savage kicked a 39-yard field goal, raising his FG total for
the playoffs to four -- all from 39 to 42 yards. Chris Dougherty led the
defense with 10 tackles. For Ryan, Joe O'Connell rushed 17 times for 60
yards, Nick Colacicco kicked a 38-yard field goal and Glen Galeone Jr.,
son of Ryan's coach, made two receptions for 93 yards.

1999
Red Division
At Northeast
Roman 21, La Salle 7
    Derek Clayton carried 17 times for 128 yards and TDs of 20 and
55 yards to give the Cahillites their first title since 1947. On the
bench was the framed No. 41 jersey of Bob Evans -- a star in '47 and
later the school's biggest supporter until his death in Dec. 1996. Joe
McCourt added 105 yards and the clinching TD on 25 carries while Tim
Schmidt made an interception and passed 5-for-12 for 84 yards. La Salle
was held to 27 plays, four first downs and 131 yards -- 55 on a TD run
by Chris Dougherty (15 tackles).
Blue Division
At Northeast
McDevitt 14, Carroll 10
    Mike Hagarty passed 6-for-13 for 94 yards and a 30-yard,
first-quarter TD to Rob Clift and engineered a 59-yard, 13-play drive
that produced Tom Vesey's winning 1-yard TD with 2:34 remaining. The
Lancers converted three consecutive third-down plays during the drive.
Carroll had taken a 10-7 lead with 11:06 left on Marty Higgins's ninth
field goal of the season. Dan Maha (fumble recovery) and Dave Melcher
(interception) made sure Carroll's final two possessions would be
unproductive.

2000
Red Division
At Northeast
O'Hara 35, SJ Prep 10
        Capping a sensational career, Kevin Jones posted four TDs and
196 all-purpose yards as the Lions rolled to an upset victory. He ran
for scores of 2 and 39 yards, returned a kickoff 86 yards for another and
made a 34-yard reception of a Mike Lomas Hail Mary pass for yet another.
Lomas (6-for-12, 137 yards) also fired a TD pass to Ryan Barksdale.
Prep entered at 12-0 and thus became the first team with a perfect record
to fall in a CL title game since St. James in 1969. Kyle Ambrogi rushed for
50 yards and fell nine yards short of overtaking Judge's Bill Foley (2,116
in '68) for the No. 1 spot in CL one-season rushing. Mike McGann passed
18-for-37 for a game record 245 yards.

Blue Division
At Northeast
Carroll 42, McDevitt 10

   The Patriots spotted McDevitt a 10-0 lead, then stormed to victory while
raising their season scoring advantage to an amazing 584-42 (45-3 average
rounded off score). Brian Mattaway scored twice -- run, interception -- while
Maurice Stovall (pass from Derek Zambino), Mike Larkin, Charlie Hurley (runs)
and Jeff Kobilka scored once apiece. Marty Higgins kicked six PAT to pad
his city-leagues records for season (73) and career (118). In all, he finished
with five marks. Pat Kelly made 10 tackles and Jeff Vanak raised his career
sack total to 50.5. For McDevitt, Dave Melcher (60-yard run) became only the
third CL player to score a TD vs. Carroll, joining West's Abdul Sesay and
Neumann's Owen McGuire. Sean Hughes added a field goal.

2001
Red Division
At Northeast
SJ Prep 31, Bonner 6
    While often sharing one wideout spot, Pete Chromiak (3-84) and
Jim Lachman (4-64) caught one TD apiece from Vince Gallagher (11-for-17,
189) as the Hawks (10-3) completed their all-the-way-back climb from an
0-3 start to the season. A close game was broken up in the final 3
minutes of the first half as Chromiak scored on a 71-yard bomb and Kyle
Ambrogi (21-95) ran 4 yards for a TD, making it 21-0. Gallagher and
Danny Jones had interceptions. Bonner ran 41 plays, and just five
produced gains of more than 10 yards. Three occurred after the score was
24-0.
Blue Division
At Northeast
Carroll 28, Wood 7
    Mike Malandra opened the game by returning the kickoff 91 yards
for a TD, then turned over the heavy-duty work to 260-pound junior James
Roderick (25-148, two TDs). Maurice Stovall added a TD catch and his
11th interception of the season; Jared O'Shea and Sean Ryan also made
picks. Carroll (12-1) raised its two-year record to 25-1, with the only
loss coming to Bonner, by 3-0. For Wood, burned by Carroll to the tune
of 124-8 in the teams' previous two meetings (77-0 last year, 47-8
earlier in this season), down lineman Keary Packer made nine tackles.

2002
Red Division
At Northeast
SJ Prep 38, Roman 7
    For the first time in decades, the title games in both divisions were
played before Thanksgiving. In this one, the first scrimmage play
yielded a 59-yard scoring pass from Matt Stefanski to Steve Quinn and
then the night became The Pat Kaiser Show. Shrugging off teasing about a
learning disability from Roman's fans, Kaiser set city playoff records
for rushing yards (316, on 18 carries) and points (32) and tied city
marks for rushing TDs in a playoff (four) and career field goals (25).
Kaiser's field goal was a 32-yarder. After a penalty, he converted one
of his five PAT from 35. Kaiser finished the season with 2,178 rushing
yards and city marks for rushing TDs (35) and total TDs (37).
His 525 career points are No. 1 in CL history and his 306 season points
were briefly the state record. For Roman, Andre Sloan-El was involved in
51 plays and accounted for 331 yards, passing 20-for-35 for 230 and
rushing 16 times for 101.
Blue Division
At Roosevelt Field, Norristown
Carroll 22, West Catholic 7
    Carroll won its third consecutive title and lifted its four-year
record against Blue opposition to 34-2. Pat Brochet passed 6-for-6 for
102 yards and went 4-for-4 in a six-play, 87-yard drive that ended 1
minute, 2 seconds before halftime and put the Patriots ahead for good,
at 10-7. The TD came on a 32-yard flip to Chaz Scott. James Roderick
(19-84, two TDs) and Ryan Stewart (9-88) handled much of the rushing
and Ryan McGoldrick opened the scoring with a 31-yard field goal. Mike
Cutone (10), Will Bradley (nine) and Roderick (eight) led in tackles.
Scott and Mitch Yanak had interceptions. The Patriots started the season
at 0-4, and the last of those setbacks was to West, by 28-21. West's
Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley, the all-time city season rushing leader (2,635
to here; he finished with 2,813), carried 24 times for 121 yards and a
TD.

2003
Red Division
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
St. Joe's Prep 45, O'Hara 7
   Steve Quinn recovered the opening kickoff on the O'Hara 11, Dan Jones

immediately ran for a TD and the Lions were as good as done against this
powerhouse. Soph John Shaw tied a city postseason record with four TDs
while rushing 19 times for 98 yards. Mark Noonan passed for a TD to
Quinn and ran for one of his own. The Hawks (12-0) extended their city
record winning streak to 35 games and were dubbed the best team in school
history by coach Gil Brooks. Brandon Friday, Matt Parkhurst and Charlie
Noonan, Mark's brother, had sacks as O'Hara was held to 75 yards total
offense.
Blue Division
At Northeast
Wood 17, West Catholic 14
   The Vikings completed their first perfect season (11-0) in school history
while capturing their first title since 1978. Tom Laurich won it by kicking
a 35-yard field goal with 4:22 left. Mike Kruzits (10-52) ran 10 yards for a
TD and Dane Mangin hit James Harrigan with a 13-yard TD pass with
just 0:02 left in the first half. Mangin finished 6-for-9 for 85 yards; he
entered the game averaging 22 passing yards. Soph Bryan McCartney ran
22 times for 134, padding his school record season total to 1,417.
Shane
Rose made two tackles on star rusher Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley to thwart
West's final drive, which advanced as close as the 30. Tim Kilkenny, who
earlier posted an interception, broke up what could have been a TD pass in
the end zone. Brinkley ran for TDs of 70 and 81 yards and finished with 19
carries for 213 yards. He concluded his career with city records for carries
(1,007) and yards (7,413).

2004
Red Division
At Villanova Stadium
O'Hara 14, SJ Prep 13
   The Lions rallied from a 13-2 halftime deficit to prevent The Prep from
capturing a fourth consecutive title. Quarterback Anthony Walters, installed

as the starter late in the season specificially with beating the Hawks in mind,
began the comeback with a 55-yard scamper that set up his own 2-yard TD.
Pat Macaulay scored the game-winner on a 9-yard run two plays after Mike
Marotta recovered a fumble on the Hawks' 21. That play was controversial.
Tom Elliott caught a pass and lateraled to star rusher John Shaw (24-147,
two TDs, one for 71 yards). The ball hit the turf and Mike Marotta recovered.
As TV replays showed, Elliott's knee was down. Greg Smith ensured the win
by blocking a late field goal attempt. O'Hara's Brian Giacobetti had two
interceptions. Danny Algeo, O'Hara's first-year coach, had won the Red title
exactly five years earlier with Roman.
Blue Division
At Villanova Stadium
Wood 29, West Catholic 0
    The Vikings cruised in the first game of a day-night doubleheader as Chris
Hanson became the first player in the history of CL title games to pass for
three TDs. He went 8-for-9 for 94 yards while the scoring tosses went to Jim
Harrigan, Chris Lorditch and Ryan Dolan and raised his season's total to 21.
His number of rushing TDs for the season? One. It came in this one (14 yards)
and capped the scoring. Bryan McCartney gained 132 yards on 25 carries.

West, 8-0 during league play, trailed only by a TD as the third quarter began
and drove straight down the field. Harrigan (solo) and Bill Gross (with Harrigan)
made no-gain tackles on third and fourth down at the 3 to keep the Burrs out
of the end zone. Lorditch and John McFadden had interceptions. Wood
became the first team to win back-to-back CL titles under different coaches
(Art Barrett, then Joe Powel) since West in 1944-45.

2005
Red Division
At Northeast
SJ Prep 41, O'Hara 7
   The Hawks were guilty of two early missteps in the form of a fumble that led to

O'Hara's lone score, on Joe Juisti's 6-yard run, and a missed, chip-shot field goal.
They were dominant thereafter, though, while claiming their fourth title in five years
and raising coach Gil Brooks' total to five overall (also '97). That tied him with the
late Dick Bedesem (Egan, five from '63 to '70) for the most championships in CL
history. Soph Jamir Livingston ran 32 times for 187 yards and four TDs, tying the
city's postseason record, and classmate Tim Edger broke the mark for kicking points
with 11 on two field goals and five PAT. O'Hara was held to one first down.
Blue Division
At Northeast
Wood 30, West Catholic 12
   This one turned in the blink of an eye. The game's first score came with 40.5
seconds left in the first half as Joe Kosich (7-for-16, 86 yards) whipped a 14-yard
pass to Chris Lorditch. Pat Devlin followed immediately with an interception and a
44-yard return to the West 15, then on the ensuing play eased into the end zone and
snagged a 15-yard pass at 16.5. Bryan McCartney (24-115; 3,671 for career) and sub
Patrick Avallon ran for second-half TDs and Lorditch kicked a 24-yard field goal.
For West, which suffered a fourth consecutive title-game defeat, the headliners were
Wayne Donahue (11 tackles, TD run) and John Maddox (interception, TD catch).

2006
Red Division
At Northeast
La Salle 14, SJ Prep 7
   These private-school rivals canceled their Thanksgiving game and played the next night
before an overflow crowd. La Salle, a 42-14 loser in the regular season matchup, survived
in this one, despite being outgained, 390-175, by forcing two fumbles at the 1 and making
interceptions at the goal line and 1 yard deep in the end zone. The Explorers' first TD
came when Jack Forster and Rob Saraceni forced a fumble within a whisker at the goal
line and Greg Frantz picked up the ball and dashed 96 yards for a TD; it was the longest
fumble return for a score in city postseason history. Saraceni had the other recovery while
Mike Donohoe (goal line, last play of first half) and Jack Forster (1-yard into end zone,
fourth quarter) made the interceptions. On the Prep's final play, JB Campanella and John
McBurnie combined for a sack. Andrew Wood (15), Campanella (13) and Sean Saverio
(11) racked up large tackles numbers as Prep ran 72 plays. La Salle had zero rushing yards,
but John Harrison passed 17-for-29 for 175 yards (he finished with a city record for
completions in a season, with 200) and a TD to Joe Migliarese (7-84) and was sacked just
once. It was the second time in three years that a first-year CL coach won a title (Drew
Gordon for La Salle, Joe Powel for Wood in '04). The Explorers became the first Red team
to win the title without having the luxury of a first-round bye and just the third team in CL
history to capture a crown after losing three league games (also Judge in '81 and '83).
Blue Division
At Northeast
W. Catholic 20, Wood 12
   The Burrs snapped a string of six title-game defeats (1966-67 overall, 2002-05 in Blue)
to earn a grid plaque for the first time since '65 and their first in a major sport since '79
(baseball). Raymond Maples and quarterback Curtis Drake ran for TDs of 55 and 44 yards
and Drake whipped a 17-yard scoring pass to Rodney Blango to expand a 14-12 lead after
Wood missed a try for a go-ahead field goal. Isiah Edmond had a sack and two other TFLs
among seven stops while interceptions went to Marquese Sanders, Dennis Shaw (20-86
rushing; 3,444 career yards) and Haleem "P-Nut" Hayward. For Wood, soph Sean McCartney
broke the CL's postseason record for passing yardage with 285, with 19 completions in 36
attempts. His star receivers were Chris Lorditch (6-99, two TDs, a city-best 27 for his career)
and Pat Devlin (9-133). Pat McAfee made 10 tackles.

2007
Red Division
At Northeast
  Roman 10, SJ Prep 9
  Though the teams' regular season meeting had produced a 36-7 defeat, Roman received
an early confidence boost when 320-pound Jewhan Edwards rumbled straight up the middle
to block a punt and Andrew Regan recovered the ball for a TD. Roman's Chris Fioravanti
39 yards) and Prep's Tim Edger (45 yards, two short of the city's postseason record) blasted
field goals. With 28.5 left, Jim McGoldrick uncorked a stirring, 77-yard punt return for a TD,
but Edger's PAT hit the left upright and Regan recovered the onsides kick. Roman's Balial
Lewis Sloan-El ran 29 times for 118 yards, raising his season's total to 2,141. This was the
fourth time in eight seasons that Prep, unbeaten in division play, suffered a title-game upset.
Blue Division
At Northeast
 
West Catholic 28, Wood 7
 
As they'd been all season, alternating junior tailbacks Rob Hollomon (17-107) and Raymond
Maples (16-81, two TDs) were a two-headed rushing monster as the Burrs won a second
consecutive title for the first time since claiming four straight starting in 1943. Those
performances allowed each to surpass 1,000 yards for the season -- Hollomon (1,048), Maples
(1,040). QB Curtis Drake, like those two a junior, ran for two scores while raising his season's
rushing/passing yardage total to 1,922. Maples, Haleem "P-Nut" Hayward, Rodney Blango
and Jordan Culbreath had interceptions. Wood suffered an early blow when RB-LB Bob
DeLucas, the coaches' division MVP, departed with an ankle injury. Sean Cunningham ran
for the Vikings' score.

2008
AAAA Division

At Northeast
La Salle 28, Judge 20
  Mayfair resident Mike Donohoe, a first cousin of one Judge starter, best friend of another
and buddies with roughly half of the prominent Crusaders, caught a pair of 12-yard TDs passes
from Drew Loughery (12-for-19, 114, three TDs) and hit the latter with a trick-play conversion
pass as the Explorers avenged a regular season defeat. Sam Feleccia made four catches for 63
yards and a score, Mike Bennett kicked two field goals and Kevin Forster posted a pick.
Loughery's conversion catch made it 21-14 and that became huge when Judge missed the PAT
after a 28-yard TD pass from soph Tony Smith (8-for-17, 119) to Tom Ryan (5-72) with 6:45
left. Donohoe notched his second TD at 1:42. Smith suffered an injury on Judge's last drive,
forcing star receiver Adam Nowak to assume command of the offense. His last pass was knocked
down by . . . you guessed it, Donohoe (also a linebacker/punter). Judge's Curt Wortham ran 29
times for 104 yards. This was coach Drew Gordon's eighth year with the program, over two
stints, and his fourth title (first two as offensive coordinator).
AAA Division
At Northeast
Wood 44, Conwell-Egan 14
  The Vikings, which had posted a school-record five consecutive shutouts, received an
immediate jolt as Kerry McAnany returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a TD. Then they
rolled to 44 consecutive points behind the rushing of Sean Cunningham (30-210, TD) and Nick
Devine (7-58, three) and running/passing of Sean McCartney (203 combined yards). Steve
Devlin became the third Wood to coach to win a title in a six-year period, joining Art Barrett in
'03 and Joe Powel in '04-'05. Scott Adkins and Shane Miller posted interceptions and Adkins
recovered an onside kick right before halftime; James McFadden followed with a 37-yard field
goal. For C-E, Matt Della-Croce hit Ryan Golin with a 12-yard TD pass.
AA Division
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
West Catholic 56, Carroll 7
  Rob Hollomon roared to four scores and 156 yards on just five carries and scored a fifth TD,
his first of the night, on a 65-yard punt return. That gave him 11 TDs in the Burrs' two playoff
appearances. Curtis Drake added 240 yards, passing 3-for-4 for 98 yards and a TD to Haleem
"P-Nut" Hayward and rushing four times for 142 yards and one score. Carroll scored last on
Luke Wischnowski's 61-yard pass to Chris Kennedy.

2009
AAAA Division
At Northeast
La Salle 35, SJ Prep 28
  Junior Kevin Forster, the last of four brothers to cause the Hawks so much heartache in football
and/or lacrosse, scored the winning TD on a 37-yard pass from Drew Loughery and then ran to
the sideline, right near that same end zone, to exchange hugs with Rob, Jack and Randy. It was
his first TD catch of the season. The Explorers rallied from a 28-20 deficit as Loughery finished
21-for-31 for 297 yards and one score apiece to Jamal Abdur-Rahman (5-58), Sam Feleccia (4-59)
and Connor Hoffman (6-91) in addition to Forster (4-74). In four games vs. Prep over two seasons,
Loughery passed
74-for-130 for 1,182 yards and 12 TDs. The Hawks received three passing TDs
from soph Skyler Mornhinweg (8-for-16, 151). Two went to Colin Rodgers.
AAA Division
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Wood 21, North Catholic 7
  Kevin Murt ran 21 times for 60 yards and two early TDs, then packed 44 of his yards
into
the fourth quarter, enabling his squad to maintain and expand a 14-7 lead. The Vikings' last
score was a pass from Jerry Rahill to Kevin Shaw, who also uncorked a 31-yard catch to set up
Murt's first TD and a 20-yard run to help make the second one possible. For North, Eugene
"U-Turn" Byrd ran 13 times for 87 yards and a TD, Julian Huggins posted an interception and
David D. Williams' 10 tackles included eight solos.

AA Division
At Northeast
West Catholic 35, McDevitt 7
  Jarred Evans passed 7-for-10 for 203 yards and one TD apiece to Quran Kent (2-97), Brandon
Hollomon and Jaelen Strong-Rankin (3-38). Joshua Mathis (22-125, two scores) and Hollomon
(12-82) led the rushing attack while picks went to Raymond "Cholly" Manuel and Kevin Malone.
Drew Siegfried ran for McDevitt's TD and passed 6-for-15 for 130 yards. Matt Conroy's two
catches produced 81 yards.

2010
AAAA Division
At Northeast
La Salle 35, Roman 16
 
The Explorers roared to the final 28 points while claiming their third consecutive crown and
fourth in five years. The start did not go well: Anthony Johnson dropped Tim Wade for a safety.
Soon, Matt Magarity, after missing the last three games with a concussion, was turning his first
pass into a 60-yard completion to Sean Coleman and Roman was losing star wideout William
Fuller (3-61), a sophomore, to a broken collarbone. Jamal Abdur-Rahman turned 28 carries into
168 yards and three TDs while Coleman (on a backward pass) and Magarity also ran for scores.
Casey Eidenshink, moved up the depth chart one day earlier after Ryan Winslow was diagnosed
with pneumonia, went 5-for-5 on PAT. Kevin Forster (two; added punting duties) and
Abdur-Rahman had interceptions. Marcus Kelly (run, 25-96) and Jack Gallagher (fumble return)
posted Roman's TDs.
AAA Division
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Wood 24, O'Hara 7
 
The night ended poorly for Desmon Peoples, as he suffered a broken foot with 2:49 left.
Beforehand? He owned it, witness his 29 carries for 173 yards and three TDs (long of 47). Nick
Visco hit three PAT and a 35-yard field goal. Ends Colin Thompson and Brian Butler and tackles
Rory Clark and Frank Taylor
were dominant while turning O'Hara's running game into a rumor
(20 attempts, minus-12 yards). Ryan Laughlin passed 9-for-17 for 160 yards and a 65-yard score
to Drew Formica. This was Wood's third consecutive title and sixth in eight years. Two weeks
earlier, in the regular season finale, the Vikings had outlasted O'Hara, 48-34.

AA Division
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
West Catholic 47, McDevitt 7
  Anthony Reid passed 8-for-9 for 227 yards and three TDs and his backup, Jaleel Reed, fired
for one. Jaelen Strong-Rankin (3-113, two), Quran Kent (3-105) and Jim Lynch caught the
scoring passes while Brandon Hollomon added 88 yards and two TDs on eight carries. Kent had
an interception. This was the Burrs' fifth consecutive division title and their 33rd straight win in
CL regular season/playoff contests. Gary Postell ran for McDevitt's score.

2011
AAAA Division
At Northeast
La Salle 16, Roman 6
  Though always known for offense, the Explorers mostly used an opportunistic defense to
capture their fourth consecutive big-school crown (and fifth in coach Drew Gordonís six years).
Chris Rocco and frosh Jimmy Herron made interceptions while David Losier, Dad Poquie,
Sean Burke and Andrew Eidenshink pounced on fumbles. Sean Burke (11) and John Palermo
(10) led in tackles. Sean Coleman scored the TDs on passes of 61 and 27 yards from Matt
Magarity and Ryan Winslow hit a 25-yard field goal to extend a 13-6 lead. Winslow also
averaged 48 yards on four punts, with a long of 57. Roman scored on a pass from Chris
Johnson-Cruz to William Fuller. One week earlier, as a fill-in for the injured Michael Keir,
Johnson-Cruz had set a city playoff record for TD passes (five) in a semifinal win over St.
Josephís Prep. Heíd also run 62 yards for another score.
AAA Division
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Wood 42, Bonner 14
  The Peoples cousins, Desmon and Brandon, each surpassed 100 rushing yards as the Vikings
stormed to an easy win. Desmon led in TDs, 2-1, but Brandon topped him in yardage,
134-107, and picked off a pass as well.  Joey Monaghan ran for one score and hit Kyle Adkins
for another. Bonnerís Jim Haley managed 117 yards of rushing/passing (TD to Paul Pfeffinger)
along with an interception.
AA Division
At Northeast
West Catholic 47, McDevitt 8
  Jaleel Reed ran for three scores and hit Bruce Mapp for a fourth as the Burrs captured a sixth
consecutive CL title (two Blue, four AA) in a rare Sunday contest. David Williams (17-134)
added two rushing TDs and Kevin Malone had the same number of interceptions. The Lancers
avoided a shutout on Gerald Fullerís 3-yard run with 6.2 seconds remaining, then QB Christian
Connor added the conversion.

2012
AAAA DIVISION
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
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).
AAA DIVISION
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
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.
AA DIVISION
At O'Hara
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.

2013
AAAA DIVISION
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
SJ Prep 30, La Salle 20
 
Having failed to win championships four times since '06 after finishing first in the regular season,
the Hawks needed the confidence a nice start would provide. They got it: Pat Walsh kicked a
25-yard field goal and Jawan McAllister caught a 30-yard pass from Chris Martin 14 seconds later
after Walsh recovered a fumble on the kickoff (forced by Joe DuMond). Martin finished 8-for-12
for 172 yards and three TDs, but injured his left knee while lead-blocking for Olamide Zaccheaus
(10-109) on a 12-yard, wildcat-formation TD run in the fourth quarter. John Reid (also an
interception) and McAllister (2-87) had the other TD receptions. Vince Moffett hustled for 13
tackles (11 solos) and made strong contributions to the early success with a 40-yard kickoff return
and 32-yard reception. For La Salle, which ran 81 plays to Prep's 36, Kyle Shurmur passed
22-for-36 for 222 yards and a TD to Jimmy Herron. That came with 7.9 seconds remaining, then
Armen Ware stopped Shurmur on a conversion keeper, thus assuring the win. Jordan Meachum
contributed 158 yards of rushing/receiving. La Salle had win five consecutive AAAA crowns.
AAA DIVISION
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Wood 42, Bonner-Prendie 6
  The Vikings frolicked to 42 first half points while earning their sixth consecutive crown and upping
their division record during that time frame, including playoffs, to 32-0. Average score: 39-9.
Jarrett McClenton bagged 110 yards and three TDs on 10 carries while Jake Cooper scored once
on a pass from Tom Garlick and again on an interception. Kendall Singleton (70-yard fumble return)
also tallied for the defense. B-P avoided a shutout on Collin DiGalbo's 3-yard keeper.
AA DIVISION
At Southern
West Catholic 34, Neumann-Goretti 9
 
The Burrs captured their eighth consecutive title (two in Blue, six in AA) despite committing 17
penalties for 145 yards and six in a nine-play span. Ahkil Crumpton returned the opening kickoff 95
yards for a score, then Greg White carried 21 times for 170 yards and four TDs. Jalil Branch made
five tackles in the backfield for 17 total yards. For N-G, Sihmare Morgan bagged 75 yards on three
catches.

2014
AAAA DIVSION
At Northeast
SJ Prep 46, La Salle 13
  The Hawks broke their own record (45 in '03) for the most points scored in a Catholic final above
the AA level, and if not for a failed conversion pass, the final 7:22 would have featured a running
clock. After Jimmy Herron scored his second TD (29-yard interception; earlier a 63-yard punt
return) to draw La Salle within 14-13 early in the second quarter, the Prep stormed to three scores
in 6:12 and the three drives required just six plays. Olamide Zaccheaus (12-146, three TDs) posted
the Hawks' first 100-yard rushing performance of the season. D'Andre Swift (9-56, two), James
Bell (15-97, one) also scampered for TDs and Jack Clements hit John Reid for a 13-yard score.
Reid set up his six-pointer by swatting a punt. Swift netted 127 yards on four returns. Jake Strain
batted down four passes and recorded a sack while Nick Vandevere and Joe DuMond made fumble
recoveries to set up scores. Herron made five catches for 44 yards, finalizing his career numbers at
156 (city record) and 2,333 (47 yards short of city mark). Earlier he'd claimed the TD record with
33. Kyle Shurmur (14-for-26, 107) finished without a TD pass for the first time in his 22-game
career. Final numbers: 379-for-619 for 4,990 yards and 53 TDs.
AAA DIVISION
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Wood 35, Ryan 14
  Fullback Alex Arcangeli scored Wood's first TD on a 5-yard run, then gave way to the Jarrett
cClenton Show. The senior tailback carried 12 times for 125 yards and three TDs while adding a
fourth score on a majestic 67-yard punt return. McClenton finished with 3,746 career rushing yards,
best in school history over the 3,671 by '06 grad Bryan McCartney. The title was Wood's seventh
in succession and extended their CL winning streak to 39 games (25 regular season, 14 playoffs).
For Ryan, Charles "Cha Cha" Gary caught a TD pass and recovered a fumble to set up a rushing
score for Samir Bullock (16-85).
AA DIVISION
At O'Hara
Neumann-Goretti 32, West Catholic 14
 
Aside from seizing its first championship since 1954, N-G caused the Burrs to part company with a
52-game, nine-season league winning streak in the Blue/AA divisions. Counting two subregional wins,
West had won 54 in a row against division opponents. Khalil Roane hustled for 209 yards and one TD
on 31 carries, Ray Lenhart passed 6-for-14 for 164 yards and one TD, Aamir Brown made four
catches for 108 yards, Miles Brewer turned three rushes into 14 points (two TDs, one conversion)
and Michael DiFrancesco, also a key blocker, had eight tackles. For West, Calil Wortham ran 16 times
for 123 yards and one score.   

2015
AAAA DIVISION
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
La Salle 29, SJ Prep 28
  For the fourth time in 10 years, the Explorers downed the Prep in a championship game (one Red,
three AAAA) after dropping the teams' regular season battle. And this one was an all-timer. With 49
seconds left, Nick Rinella made a TD catch with major Barnum & Bailey qualities. From the right
side, he steamed downfield and just beyond the goal line, in the exact middle, reached high to get his
left hand on a 24-yard pass from Chris Ferguson. While tumbling to the ground, backward
, Rinella
gathered in the ball to erase a 28-23 deficit at 0:49.
Three defenders were in the vicinity. La Salle,
which fell into a 14-0 hole, also received TDs from Charles Headen (pass from Ferguson), Jared
Walls (pick-six) and Syaire Madden (rush; 26-73) while Matt Savage thumped a field goal. Ferguson
finished 12-for-23 for 185 yards
for first-year coach John Steinmetz, thanks largely to Winston
Eubanks (5-76) and Headen (4-67). For the Hawks, Benny Walls ran seven times for 115 yards
and two long scores (44, 55) while Richard Carr returned an interception 95 yards for a TD.
In the
four table-turnings mentioned above, the Explorers lost the regular season meetings by 68 total
points (28, 7, 8, 25) before winning the title games by 16 total points (7, 7, 1, 1). They achieved
the same feat vs. Judge in 2008 -- a win by 28-20 after a loss by 28-14.

AAA DIVISION
At Tennent
Wood 35, Ryan 7
  On a play that began with three seconds left in the first half, Anthony Russo tossed a screen pass
to Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear and wound up in the Catholic League record book. Blackshear
posted a 45-yard TD for Russo's 34th aerial score of the season, surpassing 33 by La Salle's Brett
Gordon in 1997. Earlier, Russo had hit James Gillespie for a 44-yard score. After starting the game
by forcing a three-and-out, the Vikings posted a TD on their first play as receiver Jordan Johnson
zoomed 59 yards on a reverse. Blackshear also had two rushing tallies and linebacker Ryan Barrett
notched three early sacks. Jaye McNeil ran for Ryan's score.
AA DIVISION
FINAL
At O'Hara
West Catholic 7, Lansdale 6
  After a one-year hiccup, the Burrs again won the championship thanks to strong performances by
Joshua Evans (7-for-13, 137 yards, 40-yard TD to Craig Jones) and Jameer Bryson (17-78 rushing).
Jones also kicked the decisive PAT. Lansdale received two field goals from Ryan Carbone while
Ryan Quigley rushed 17 times for 65 yards. There was no late-game drama. West possessed the
ball for the last 5:12 and opted for sportsmanship with multiple kneeldowns after reaching the
Crusaders' 8 in the waning moments.

2016 ONWARD . . .
CHAMPS DECIDED BY REGULAR SEASON
THESE GAMES WERE PLAYED FOR PIAA PURPOSES

2016
CLASS AAAAAA
At Northeast
SJ Prep 35, La Salle 14
  After getting spanked, 63-35, in the regular season meeting, La Salle scored the game's first
touchdown and was looking to extend its lead with a 32-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Swat! Dejuan Dandridge blocked the attempt and the Hawks tallied the next three TDs en route to
a mostly comfortable victory. D'Andre Swift rushed 18 times for 176 yards and three TDs and
Terrance Greene (7-85) bagged the other two scores on passes from Marquez McCray (13-for-24,
165 yards). Jake Ballard made two fumble recoveries and the second set up a TD. Dawson DeIuliis
made a late pick. For La Salle, Syaire Madden ran 29 times for 167 yards and two TDs while Tom
LaMorte, though completing 12 of 22 pass attempts, had to settle for 91 yards.
CLASS AAAAA
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Wood 41, Ryan 7
  Thanks to production on both sides of the ball, the Vikings breezed to a 41-0 halftime lead and
then forgot a gas pedal even existed. Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear (5-101) and Shawn Thompson
(5-50) rushed for two TDs apiece. The defense also contributed two scores on returns -- 23 yards
with an interception for Tyler Smith, 58 yards with a fumble by Matt Palmer. The fourth of Dan
Zanine's five PAT gave Wood 1,000 kicking points for the century (793 PAT, 69 field goals).
Ryan avoided a blanking on a 19-yard run by Jason Jefferson, but Jaye McNeil (18-121) was
much more productive.
CLASS AAAA
At O'Hara
O'Hara 22, Bonner-Prendie 12
  The Lions, 28-0 winners the first time around, received an early scare from their forever archrivals
in the form of a 12-0 deficit. They regrouped thanks largely to QB Tommy O'Hara and were able
to lift their overall record to 10-0. O'Hara rushed 19 times for 75 yards and one TD while passing
8-for-22 for 79 yards and another to Chris Kirby. "Same Name As School" also posted a pick.
For B-P, Shawn Harmon (both TDs) netted just two yards on three carries while Evan Raiburn
completed 14 of 28 tosses for 160 yards, primarily to Tom Millison (7-85) and Alex Coll (5-41).
CLASS AAA
  No playoffs. Champ (Conwell-Egan) determined by regular season results.
CLASS AA
  No playoffs. Champ (West Catholic) determined by regular season results.

2017
CLASS AAAAAA

At Northeast
SJ Prep 17, La Salle 3
  A fall dominated by beautiful weather gave way to bone-chilling cold for this one and La Salle
wound up waving bye-bye to its streak of scoring at least one TD in 83 consecutive games. Phil
O'Connor logged two sacks among 10 tackles, Brad Cobaugh added nine stops and Rayshad
Wallace hustled for eight solos (including three TFL). La Salle advanced to the Hawks' 6 midway
through the fourth quarter, but two straight losses (O'Connor was in on both stops) helped to kill
the momentum. In the second quarter, La Salle's Dan Karrash and SJ Prep's Anthony Tigano
exchanged field goals. Kolbe Burrell and QB Marquez McCray ran for TDs beyond intermission.
McCray contributed 160 yards of rushing/passing and La Salle's Isaiah Jones had 130. Jones was
La Salle's QB starter as the season began. He was sidelined by a serious injury in Game 2 and
his replacement, Danny Solecki, suffered the same fate in the 6A semi. Neither team committed
a turnover.
CLASS
AAAAA
At Tennent
Wood 48, Ryan 0
  Sandwiching an interception by Brad Otto, the Vikings scored on their first two plays -- 56-yard
pass from Jack Colyar to Ryan Loughlin (18 seconds into the game), 16-yard run by Nasir
Peoples -- while setting an obvious tone. Peoples finished with 122 yards and three TDs on 10
carries. Wood was finished punishing the scoreboard by the end of the third quarter.
CLASS
AAAA
At O'Hara
O'Hara 42, Bonner-Prendie 7
  These bitter rivals were unable to offer any drama as the Lions racked up the first 34 points.
Luke Sprague passed 12-for-19 for 236 yards and two TDs, one apiece to Justin Santilla (5-117)
and Derrick Patrick. Nick Kutufaris (7-86, two) and Taseer Jones (14-62) combined for three
rushing scores. The Friars, who finished 1-10 overall, avoided a shutout when Shon Nelson hit
Kyrin Jackson (5-103) for a 36-yard score.
CLASS AAA
  No playoffs. Champ (Lansdale Catholic) determined by regular season results.
CLASS AA
  No playoffs. Champ (Neumann-Goretti) determined by regular season results.