Catholic League Football
Playoff Recaps, 2013
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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.
Wood 49, Lansdale 26: On just nine scrimmage touches, Jarrett McClenton racked up 168 yards and five TDs. He rushed seven times for 90 yards and four scores while adding two catches for 78 yards and another six-pointer. Tom Garlick finished 8-for-12 for 155 yards and two TDs. For Lansdale, Zach Talley caught a pair of TD passes from Joe Pinzka.
Bonner-Prendie 41, O’Hara 38: Collin DiGalbo ran/passed on 43 of the Friars’ 53 plays (30 of the last 32; plus a 23-play streak) and had direct involvement in 38 points to pace an amazing win. B-P trailed by 28-0 and 35-7 before storming back. DiGalbo passed 16-for-27 for 326 yards and three TDs (two to Mike Ockimey -- 6-136) while adding 95 yards and three scores on 16 carries. He also ran for a conversion. For O’Hara, J.T. Blyden rushed 21 times for 152 yards and one TD while Dashawn “Day-Day” Darden (two rushing TDs) passed 11-for-22 for 141 yards and one score. Ockimey preserved the win making an interception on B-P’s 4 with 17 seconds remaining. Two weeks earlier, B-P had lost to O’Hara, 36-35, in OT, blowing a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead.
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.
La Salle 35, Judge 0: While raising his season total to 2,250 yards, Kyle Shurmur passed 18-for-22 for 258 yards and five TDs (highest postseason total in city history). Jimmy Herron turned seven catches into 167 yards and three of those scores. Judge was blanked for the first time since 2007; it had scored in 71 consecutive games.
SJ Prep 45, Roman 24: The Hawks went nowhere on their first possession, but reached the end zone on their next six to seemingly leave Roman for dead. Instead, the Cahillites stormed within 38-24 before Olamide Zaccheaus raced 50 yards for a score. Chris Martin passed 9-for-17 for 147 yards and three TDs (two to Jawan McAllister) and rushed for two more (9-101). For Roman, Dimetri Kelly ran 36 times for 240 yards and one TD while Patrick McCourt, brother of coach Joe McCourt, rumbled for two TDs and three conversions.
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.
At Northwest Super Site
Imhotep 48, West Catholic 8
In an all-time oddity, four plays with gains totaling 125 yards ended with Imhotep guys being tackled at the 1. Scores followed in short order, however, as the Panthers had no trouble capturing their second consecutive CT under second-year coach Albie Crosby, a former WC assistant. Andre Dreuitt-Parks passed 10-for-15 for 218 yards (No. 3 effort in CT history) and two TDs. He also burrowed for two scores. The long plays ending at the 1: passes of 30 yards to Denniston "DJ" Moore (4-119), 29 to Naseir Upshur and 45 to Moore, and a 21-yard run by Mike Waters. West avoided a shutout with 2:58 left on Antoine McCollum's 6-yard pass to Calil Wortham.
Wood 52, King 8
While storming to their sixth consecutive CT win, the Vikings scored on eight of their nine first-half possessions and owned a 14-0 lead before King ran a play. Jake Cooper (passes from Tom Garlick) and backup rusher Joe Dutkiewicz halved four TDs while Jarrett McClenton turned seven carries into 74 yards and the game’s first TD. Dan McDonald went 7-for-7 on PAT while adding a field goal. For King, Delane Hart made two catches for 87 yards to become the Pub’s first receiver to accumulate 1,000 yards in one season (1,073). On kickoffs, he also made three of King’s four fair catches. QB Joseph Walker ran or passed on 28 of King's 36 plays (77.8 percent), generating 117 of its 129 yards (90.7).
SJ Prep 10, Frankford 7
Between them, Frankford (four) and SJ Prep had played in six of the 10 lowest-scoring CTs in history, so maybe this result should have not have surprised. The Hawks, going without star QB Chris Martin (knee miseries), got a rushing TD from Vince Moffett and Pat Walsh’s field goal while Jake Strain, John Reid and Dillon DeIuliis posted picks. Marquise Poston (101 passing yards) scored on a keeper for Frankford in the third quarter, but two late possessions were unproductive. The Prep’s Olmadie Zaccheaus rushed 16 times for 89 yards.