Archbishop Wood . . . 2013 PIAA Class AAA State Champs!

  On Dec. 13, at Hersheypark Stadium, Archbishop Wood beat Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 22-10, to win its second Class AAA crown in three years. The Vikings were led by rusher Jarrett McClenton, who scored two TDs while setting game records for carries (40) and yards (238). QB Tom Garlick scored on a sneak while Dan McDonald kicked two PAT and Christian Lohin caught a conversion pass from holder Cody Fitzpatrick. Jake Cooper, Chris Gary (two sacks) and Luke Spahits thirded 18 tackles.
 
Click here for pregame photos and here for game photos; and here for celebration photos. Rotation members and stats below. Selected shots at bottom of page, with website report.
  **Thanks to Ed "Huck" Palmer for his contributions!**

The Vikings celebrate the win . . .

THE SEASON, GAME BY GAME
W-L We They
at Bensalem W 38 7
at North Penn W 49 3
at Frankford W 42 14
West Catholic W 54 6
O'Hara W 41 0
SJ Prep L 21 31
at Lansdale W 35 6
at Ryan L 7 22
Bonner-Prendie W 49 6
Lansdale  AAA 1/2 W 49 26
Bonner-Prendie AAA F W 42 6
King  AAA CT W 52 8
Academy Park AAA state 1/4 W 42 14
Berwick AAA state 1/2 W 42 14
Harrisburg McDevitt state F W 22 10

TITLE GAME BOXSCORE . . .

CLASS AAA FINAL
WOOD 22, HARRISBURG BISHOP McDEVITT 10
Archbishop Wood        0     0    7   15 -- 22
Harrisburg McDevitt    3     0     0    7 -- 10
  HBM: FG Zwigart 33
  AW: McClenton 4 run (McDonald kick)
  AW: Garlick 1 run (McDonald kick)
  AW: McClenton 15 run (Lohin pass from Fitzpatrick)
  HBM: Robinson 82 kickoff return (Zwigart kick)
 
AW HBM
First downs 19 6
Rushes-yards 59-271 21-31
Passing yards 24 79
Total offense 295 110
Passing 2-3-0 4-13-0
Return yards 19 82
Punts 2-38.0 4-39.5
Fumbles lost 1 0
Penalties-yards 2-15 2-10

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
  RUSHING -- AW: McClenton 40-238, Spahits 9-36, Messina 5-3,
Garlick 5-(-6). HBM: Robinson 14-59, Lawson 2-5, Marsilio 5-(-33).
  PASSING -- AW: Garlick 2-3-0 -- 24. HBM: Marsilio 4-13-0 -- 79.
  RECEIVING -- AW: Singleton 1-15, Messina 1-9. HBM: White 3-75,
Hall 1-4.
  INTERCEPTIONS -- None.
  FUMBLE RECOVERIES -- HBM: Phillips.
  TACKLING LEADERS -- AW: Cooper, Gary and Spahits 6.
HBM: Jenkins 13, Monroe 11, Perloski and Marrazzo 8, Turner 7, Stanback 6.
  SACKS -- AW: Gary 2, Dean, Cooper 1/2, Cobb 1/2. HBM: Turner, Stanback.
  OTHER TFLs -- AW: Spahits. HBM: Jenkins 3, Monroe and Marrazzo 1.

 

OFFENSE

     

DEFENSE

 
C Ryan Neher 68   T Devon Cobb 9
G Deion Oliver 66   T Christian Lohin 85
#G Shawn Scroger 77   @T-NG Tyrone Dean 24
#G Jack Kenney 55   E Chris Gary 3
T Ryan Bates 52   E Josh Messina 22
T Tom Cardozo 51   ILB Jake Cooper 6
@TE/SB Jake Cooper 6   ILB Justin Rubin 19
TE Christian Lohin 85   OLB Luke Spahits 28
QB Tom Garlick 16   OLB Nafeez Brown-Carter 8
RB Jarrett McClenton 1   CB Kendall Singleton 4
#FB Josh Messina 22   CB Gianni Cruel 29
#FB Luke Spahits 28   S Jarrett McClenton 1
WR Kendall Singleton 4   @-depending on formation  
WR Dylan Clayton 21        
K Dan McDonald 33        
P Christian Lohin 85        
H Cody Fitzpatrick 47        
LS John Hall 15        
KR Luke Spahits 28        
KR Joe Dutkiewicz 32        
PR Luke Spahits 28        
PR Jarrett McClenton 1        
#-shared position          
@-depending on formation          


SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS . . .

RUSHING

No. Name Ben NP Fkd WC CO SJP LC AR BP LC BP King AP Ber McD

Totals

1 Jarrett McClenton 3-32 11-168 5-81 3-118 8-42 17-174 11-178 12-47 7-36 7-90 10-110 7-74 12-145 24-172 40-238 177-1705
22 Josh Messina 4-23 7-58 8-107 1-18 6-50 9-93 5-66 4-20     2-34 1-29 2-23 3-7 5-3 57-531
28 Luke Spahits   2-4 2-4 6-54 8-47 4-32   5-43 4-72 4-67 2-4 3-15 7-43 7-57 9-36 63-478
32 Joe Dutkiewicz 1-18 7-38 2-16 3-13 4-43 1-4 4-26   4-21 5-36 8-29 9-50 4-22 1-0   53-316

PASSING
(Number in red: TD passes)

No. Name Ben NP Fkd WC CO SJP LC AR BP LC BP King AP Ber McD

Totals

16 Tom Garlick 6-7 5-6 6-8 2-5 9-13 3-12 5-15 8-18 8-12 8-12 6-8 5-9 5-12 2-4 2-3 80-144
    158  1 86  2 64  3 40 178 16 144  1 119 135  1 155  3 43  1 68  3 74 25 24 1329 15

RECEIVING

No. Name Ben NP Fkd WC CO SJP LC AR BP LC BP King AP Ber McD

Totals

19 Justin Rubin 1-20 1-19 1-9   3-30 1-9 1-14 1-18 4-57 2-21   1-28 2-15     18-240
4 Kendall Singleton 4-140         1-4 3-32 1-12 3-68   1-6 1-11 1-39 1-9 1-15 17-336
22 Josh Messina   3-23 3-19   2-39     2-27             1-9 11-117
1 Jarrett McClenton 1-(-2)             3-53 1-14 2-78   1-9 1-9     9-161
28 Luke Spahits                 2-51 3-41 3-13     1-16   9-121
6 Jake Cooper         1-1       1-7 1-15 2-24 2-20       7-67

SCORING

No. Name Ben NP Fkd WC CO SJP LC AR BP LC BP King AP Ber McD

Totals

1 Jarrett McClenton 12 12 18 12 18 12 18   6 30 18 6 6 12 12 192
33 Dan McDonald 8 7 6 6 5 3 5 1 7 7 6 10 6 6 2 85
28 Luke Spahits       6 6     6 12 6     18 12   66
32 Joe Dutkiewicz 6 6 6   6       6 6   12 12     60
22 Josh Messina   12 12 6 6             6       42
6 Jake Cooper                 12   12 12       36

SCORING BREAKDOWN
(Number next to name indicates TD passes)

No.

Name

Rush Rec. KO Pt. Int F/Ret F/Rec 2-R 2-P K FG Totals
1 Jarrett McClenton

28

1   2 1             192
33 Dan McDonald                   79 2 85
28 Luke Spahits 8 1 2                 66
32 Joe Dutkiewicz

9

1                   60
22 Josh Messina 4 3                   42
6 Jake Cooper   4   1 1             36

INTERCEPTIONS

No. Name Ben NP Fkd WC CO SJP LC AR BP LC BP King AP Ber McD

Totals

   

none

none   none       none   none     none none none  
1 Jarrett McClenton     1   1                     2
19 Justin Rubin                 1     1       2
6 Jake Cooper                     1 1       2

SELECTED PICTURES . . .

Vikings celebrate their first TD, as scored by Jarrett McClenton (No. 1)

The grunts are feelin' it.

Great support from the fans . . .

Jarrett McClenton (L) and blocker Josh Messina rejoice after TD No. 3.

Holder Cody Fitzpatrick (L) gets off a successful conversion pass to
Christian Lohin.

Coach Steve Devlin (holding trophy) and his staff members.

WEBSITE REPORT . . .

DEC. 13
PIAA CLASS AAA FINAL
Wood 22, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 10
(At Hersheypark Stadium)

  Here's guessing you never expected to see these two names -- Steve Devlin, Wilt Chamberlain -- in the same sentence. Footsteps beyond the scoreboard end of the football field is the arena where Wilt created a worldwide buzz in 1962 by dropping a 100-point bomb on the New York Knicks for the ol' Philadelphia Warriors. Well, folks, this was Devlin's 100th game as Wood's coach and what he created a statewide buzz by claiming his second state crown in three years. As any hoops fan knows, Wilt, a wickedly bad foul-shooter over his career, somehow went 28-for-32 (87.5 percent) at the line en route to those 100 points. Steve is in that ballpark because he now owns an .840 winning percentage. Two years ago, also in the final, the Vikings sliced and diced this opponent by 52-0. This victory came in much more difficult fashion, witness that Wood went scoreless in the first half. Somehow, the almost always explosive Vikings gained at least 10 yards on just ONE play in those first 24 minutes and that didn't happen until the final 11 seconds as jr. RB Jarrett McClenton took a left-side sweep 18 yards to McDevitt's 38. At halftime, though of course the players didn't see it because they were in the locker room, sr. basketball player Matt Funk offered a good example of how to rally from a deficit. One rooter from each school was chosen for an on-the-field contest: Punt the ball from the end zone to wherever it lands, then throw it from there to a target at midfield. Closest throw wins. Matt punted second and his effort was shorter than the McDevitt kid's. But his throw came within a few yards of the target and the other kid's -- whoa -- sailed way past it. Vike wins! Vike wins! So, what happened when the real football guys returned to the field? You got it. The Vikings came out of their Funk (smile). They opened the second half with an 11-play, 72-yard drive that was capped by McClenton with a 4-yard run. Three times within the first six plays, all to the left side, McClenton reeled off biggies of 22, 10 and 12 yards. Most teams are righthanded, of course, but the Vikings often chose the left side and made no secret of what they were doing. Again and again, the top two grunts -- jr. G Ryan Bates and sr. T Deion Oliver -- were switched back and forth from right to left to right (and even between the G-T spots) and a few times McDevitt's defenders could be heard calling out their location shortly before snaps. Also, jr. TE Jake Cooper often lined up as a wingback -- sometimes going in motion -- to the side where the play would be headed, so he could take out guys on the edge. Hey, if you play with passion and skillfully carry out your assignment, it doesn't matter if the opponent knows what's coming. The best thing about Wood's second-half production was that the drives ate major clock. The first drive took 5 minutes, 11 seconds. After the Crusaders were limited to one first down, Wood took over again with 4:11 left in the quarter and maintained possession for more than a quarter! Twelve minutes and 6 seconds, to be exact. This drive started on the 3 and featured 21 plays. On the second play of the fourth quarter, McClenton raced 39 yards with a draw, placing the ball at McDevitt's 40. Thanks in part to a hold, Wood soon faced third and 13. To that point, soph QB Tom Garlick had thrown just one pass all night (incomplete). Would Devlin knock on the youngster's door? Indeed. And Garlick would respond. On a right-side out, he hit sr. WR Kendall Singleton for a 15-yard gain. Next, just before what would have been a fourth-and-2 play, a procedure penalty moved the ball back to the 25. Garlick then faked a handoff to McClenton and completed a short, left-side flip to sr. FB Josh Messina, who netted nine yards. Rejuiced, the Vikings continued on their merry way. With Cooper leading the way, McClenton zipped 12 yards to the 4. McClenton added two yards, Messina bagged 1 (officially), then Garlick surged ahead a half-yard for the score. The kick by jr. Dan McDonald made it 14-3 at 4:05 and Wood's rooters offered a trifecta -- the it's-all-over chant, the goodbye song, and the I-believe-that-we-will-win ditty. McDevitt's three-and-out included two incomplete passes, a 6-yard sack (for sr. DE Chris Gary) and another incompletion on fourth and 16 from the 24. McDevitt's own 24. It was desperation time, folks. McClenton carried four consecutive times and a 15-yarder got the ball into the end zone. Then came what some would call the play of the night -- a conversion pass by jr. Cody Fitzpatrick. Who? Fitzpatrick, a mad-bomber guard for the basketball team, is the the holder and if a story relayed to me earlier this season is correct, he came out for the team only to be the holder for his best buddy, McDonald. Well, on this occasion, the snap went a shade awry. Fitz controlled it, scrambled to his right and, under pressure, lofted a flip toward the back part of the end zone. The ball was a little short, but jr. TE Christian Lohin lunged turfward to make the catch. What a moment. It was Wood's first two-point conversion of the season. Owning a 19-point lead with only 1:35 remaining, the Vikes were in early-ecstasy mode and star jr. RB Andre Robinson -- strangely, he was given just eight carries after totaling 42 yards on his first six -- took advantage to return the kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. Uh-oh time? Were the Vikings setting themselves up for the all-time Friday the 13th experience? Hardly. Cooper gathered in the bouncing onside kick and kneeldowns ran out the clock. As Devlin and the players/assistant coaches surged onto the field to celebrate, they all felt as tall as Wilt.
  TITLE TIDBITS: McClenton carried an outrageous 40 times for 238 yards (both numbers are records for AAA title games, according to numerous sources) and the two TDs. The yardage total is the best by a D-12 rusher in quarters/semis/final, topping 230 by Wood's Brandon Peoples in a 2010 quarterfinal . . . Wood's other grunts were jr. C Ryan Neher, jr. T Tom Cardozo and jr. rotating Gs Jack Kenney and Shawn Scroger . . . The Vikings caught an early break when Robinson's 12-yard TD run was nullified by a procedure penalty (only six men on the line of scrimmage). Singleton then broke up a pass, Lohin made a tackle that limited Robinson to a 1-yard gain, Gary broke up another pass, then McDevitt settled for a 33-yard field goal by sr. Bobby Zwigart . . . Late in the second quarter, Zwigart made a leaping, one-handed snag of a way-too-high snap, preventing sure disaster . . . Wood's students turned out in force with the help of 12 buses . . . Overall, Wood's crowd was not as big as McDevitt's, but that was entirely understandable. Harrisburg is Hershey's neighbor . . . Because of he way-too-early deadline, Ace Carter had to watch this one from the pressbox and craft parts of his story while the game was unfolding. He hustled downstairs to get some quotes at game's end, then bustled back upstairs to pump out the final version . . . Huck Palmer watched the game on TV and kept defensive stats . . . Gary had two sacks and four other stops. Sr. LB Tyrone Dean logged a sack among four tackles. Cooper (at LB, six tackles) and jr. DL Devon Cobb split a sack. Spahits (six) and Justin Rubin (five) combined for five stops . . . Wood ran 62 plays to McDevitt's 34 . . . McClenton carried 64 times in Wood's final two games. He needed the previous seven games to log that many totes. Six of the seven games, save a 22-7 loss to Ryan, were blowout wins . . . Sr. DE Mike Perloski, one of McDevitt's captains, is related to Tom Taylor, who has helped us (for decades) to keep track of city basketball scoring. Mike is headed to Princeton. He's the son of Tom's wife's cousin.