Catholic League Football
Playoff Recaps, 2014
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Two Games at O'Hara
Neumann-Goretti 24, Lansdale 12: Khalil Roane churned for 170 yards and one TD on 39 carries, Aamir Brown turned 10 scrimmage touches into 126 yards and one score apiece via ground/air and Matt McKeown repped the defense with a tally on a 7-yard fumble return. For LC, Joe Pinzka ran for one TD and passed to Ryan Quigley for another. The teams failed on all six conversions.
West Catholic 54, Conwell-Egan 0: West coach Brian Fluck tried to keep the score down by ordering QB Josh Holsopple to twice take knees with just under four minutes remaining. But on the game's final play, Justin Bryant returned a fumble 16 yards for a TD. Ahkil Crumpton got West started with scores on a 50-yard interception and 68-yard catch. C-E was held to 22 yards and two first downs.
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.
Wood 56, O'Hara 12: Jarrett McClenton turned four carries into 115 yards and three TDs while adding a fourth score on a 38-yard punt return. Alex Arcangeli notched one TD apiece via the ground/air. Also collecting a TD, thanks to a reception, was Mike Devlin, son of coach Steve Devlin. Myles Henderson notched O'Hara's most impressive TD on an 82-yard kickoff return. The Lions were guided for the first time by offensive coordinator John Ward. He'd become the head coach earlier in the week after Paul Strus was placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese. Strus had been named the interim coach in July after Danny Algeo died of a heart attack.
At Upper Darby
Ryan 27, Bonner-Prendie 14: The Raiders avenged a stinging regular season defeat (B-P posted a TD catch/conversion at 0:00) as Samir Bullock churned for 252 yards and two TDs on 28 carries. Matt Romano completed all but three of his 13 passes, netting 137 yards and one score apiece to Seneca Williams (4-78) and Charles "Cha Cha" Gary (4-43). Williams and Jeremy Smith had interceptions. For B-P, QB Collin DiGalbo accounted for both scores (rushes) and 145 yards.
Wood 35, Ryan 14: Fullback Alex Arcangeli scored Wood's first TD on a 5-yard run, then gave way to the Jarrett McClenton 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).
Consecutive nights at Plymouth-Whitemarsh
SJ Prep 49, Judge 7: The Hawks totaled 262 yards on four long TDs. D'Andre Swift was the cake-taker with a 67-yarder on a screen pass off a double reverse and a 93-yarder on the kickoff that started the second half. John Reid (53 reception) and Dillon DeIuliis (49 interception) joined in the lengthy fun. Judge's Yeedee Thaenrat followed Swift's kickoff return with a 64-yard TD run on the next scrimmage play. Late in the second quarter, SJ Prep's Jake Strain made behind-the-line tackles on three consecutive plays.
La Salle 49, Roman 0: After scoring four TDs, Nick Rinella capped a special night by soaring for an interception to help preserve the shutout. Rinell's rushing output included 145 yards and three TDs on eight carries. He and Winston Eubanks caught TD tosses from Kyle Shurmur (15-for-22, 173). Jordan Meachum carried nine times for 138 yards and two TDs. Just twice did Roman gain more than 15 yards on a play (31, rush, John Chaney; 38, reception, AJ Frazier).
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.
SJ Prep 47, Franklin 22: Soph D'Andre Swift made the most of four carries -- 89 yards and three TDs -- as the Hawks seized a second consecutive CT for the first time since 1938-39; those two contests began the series. James Bell (15-113) and Olamide Zaccheaus (8-81, TD) also ran well while John Reid scored once apiece on a catch/interception before suffering a knee injury shortly before halftime. For Franklin, Kevin Caldwell raised his 2014 passing yardage total to 2,893 -- best in city history -- by going 22-for-45 for 359 and three TDs. Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez turned five snags into 141 yards and two scores. Javier Buffalo (9-151, one) also had great moments. As the teams passed through the postgame handshake line, Franklin assistant Anthony Moorehead yelled to the Prep's contingent, "Bring that trophy back to Philly, baby!"
Wood 42, Imhotep 34: While winning their seventh consecutive AAA City Title, the Vikings finally experienced a challenge. A 20-0 lead notwithstanding, victory wasn't assured until the waning moments when Alex Arcangeli (20-105, TD) gained two yards on fourth-and-1. Jarrett McClenton ran 25 times for 157 yards and four TDs; his 80-yarder capped a back-and-forth, three-TD explosion in the final 34.7 seconds of the third quarter. For Imhotep, Andre Dreuit-Parks passed 16-for-26 for 299 yards and four TDs, thanks mostly to an electric performance by Denniston "DJ" Moore (7-200, TDs of 88 and 71 yards in the fourth quarter). The Panthers were without their main rusher, Tyliek Raynor (knee injury).
At SP Super Site
Neumann-Goretti 12, Prep Charter 6: This one featured South Philly schools with practice fields three blocks apart along 25th Street. Khalil Roane rushed 31 times for 171 yards and two TDs as the Saints, then known as the Southeast Catholic Pirates, claimed a City Title for the first time since 1954. Jack Taylor preserved the win with a late interception. For PC, Quadir Strothers ran 18 times for 113 yards, Vian Dolo posted a TD and 105 yards of rushing/passing and Ronald Stokes contributed two of his team's four interceptions.
KIPP DuBois 16, McDevitt 14: After heavy rain made Washington's field unplayable in late morning, the game was switched to Gratz and moved back from 1 to 2 o'clock. The most impressive TD was Domair Harris' 52-yard connection with Kyree Ruffin. Brian Jones ran for one score and the conversion that wound up making the difference. For McDevitt, Max Bryson passed for one TD and ran for another while generating 116 total yards. A pound ball game was held before this one and the possessions of some McDevitt players were stolen out of the locker room.