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a 1969 grad, has done an incredible amount of work to research La Salle
High's football history and share it with the school community. Now he's
writing game recaps and they'll be posted on this page. Thanks for
officially joining us, Bill!
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Bill's mug shot shows the 2007 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Romans, with his son,
Dan (No. 44). No. 3 (off his ear) is none other than Ryan
Arcidiacono. The team also featured All-Catholics Joey Monaghan
and Colin Thompson from Wood, Luke Hutkin from the Prep, and
Sean Coleman from La Salle.
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Wood 31, La Salle 12
Running back Tom Santiago led the Archbishop Wood rushing attack, and
quarterback Jake Ross tossed two touchdowns to tight end Bill Cook, as the
Vikings shut out the Explorers in the second half on their way to a 31-12
victory at Upper Dublin High School. Here’s how the game went down:
The Vikings won the toss, and elected to receive. Jake Gandolfo’s kickoff
reached the 2-yard line, and was returned to the 30 by Ryan DiVergilis before
being tackled by Luke Hardy and TJ Meachum. QB Jake Ross handed off to RB Tom
Santiago, who gained 7 yards off left tackle before being stopped by Tyson
Goldstein. Santiago then took a pitch on the right side, got the edge, and
motored to the La Salle 32 before Griffin Zobel caught up with the Viking
speedster. Fullback Leroy Pendleton, at 5’-11” and 230 lbs, bulled in the middle
for 14 yards to the La Salle 18 before being brought down by Frank Joyce, and
Wood was rolling on the ground. Ryan Savage and Jalen De Vose, both in on many
tackles all night, stopped Santiago up the middle, but Santiago, who ran low to
the ground, leaned forward to gain 5 yards. Ross kept the ball on an option up
right tackle for 4 yards before Savage hit him down. On third and one at the La
Salle 9, Santiago gained 3 yards up right tackle for a first and goal at the 6,
with tackle again by Savage. Ross ran an option keeper for a yard before Liam
Trainer made the stop. Santiago gained a tough 2 up right tackle, as Savage and
De Vose again combined for the stop. On third and goal at the 2, Santiago went
up right guard and was denied the end zone by about a foot by Frank Joyce. On
fourth and about 12 inches, Ross ran a sneak, and was finally ruled in the end
zone for a touchdown by a slow-acting officiating group. Kicker Bob Hennessey
booted the extra point, and Archbishop Wood drew first blood, leading 7-0, with
6:03 left in the first period.
Hennessey’s kickoff reached the 10, where Manny Quiles returned the
pigskin to the 22, and La Salle’s offense would get to test the Ryan defense.
With an empty backfield, a fake jet sweep to Sam Brown resulted in a pass from
QB Sean Daly to WR Kahlil Diarrah, but the ball was dropped. Daly came back to
Diarrah on an out pattern on the right side for a first down on the La Salle 33.
Manny Quiles was hit immediately on a sweep for a 6-yard loss. Daly then swung a
pass to Brown, who had the fortune of two Wood defensive backs tripping
themselves, as Brown skirted the right side for a first down to the Explorer 46.
Daly, with his receivers spread out across the line of scrimmage, then faked a
handoff and kept the ball up the middle, as Wood over-committed to the fake.
Daly broke into the clear, and ran like a scalded dog into the end zone for an
electrifying 54-yard touchdown. However, Gandolfo’s PAT attempt sailed wide
left, and La Salle had crept to within a point of Wood, who held a 7-6 lead,
with 4:28 left in the first period.
Gandolfo’s boot got to the 5, where Cardel Pigford returned it to the
40-yard line in an open lane before Hardy tackled him from behind. Ross
recovered the ball after a high snap for a 6-yard loss. Then, Ross overthrew
receiver Brad Otto, setting up a third and 16 at the Wood 34. Ross had to
scramble to the right, and was pursued by Savage, and Ross tossed the ball out
of bounds, but was ruled for intentional grounding since the ball did not reach
the line of scrimmage, and the momentum was switching to the Explorers.
Hennessey’s punt was returned by Hardy for 2 yards to the La Salle 48, as the
Blue and Gold would seek to take the lead with their next drive, with 2:59 left
in an active first stanza.
Hardy ran an end-around to the left for 3 yards after Daly faked a pass
to Diarrah. But tragedy loomed: Daly kept the ball, found a hole, and got to the
Wood 40, but he fumbled, and the Vikings took over on their own 39. As it turns
out, La Salle was to be flagged for holding on the play, anyway, the first of
many holding calls against the Explorers.
Pigford jetted right for 4 yards before a tackle by Brendan Frusco. On
the play, LB Tyson Goldstein was injured, and he did not return. On a blitz,
Frusco sacked Ross for an 8-yard loss, setting up a third and 14 for Wood on
their own 35. Santiago ran a draw that was smelled out by Ronnie Ross and Isaiah
Turner for a one-yard loss. The punt was fair-caught by Hardy on the La Salle
39, with 18 seconds left in the opening period.
After a fake jet sweep, Daly gained 5 yards up right guard, as the
quarter ended, with the Vikings clinging to a 7-6 lead. On the first play of the
second quarter, in a wide formation, Daly took off again, caught from behind at
the Wood 8-yard line, but the referee stayed at midfield, having tossed a yellow
flag to the ground. La Salle was called again for holding, and the ball came
back to their own 40. Daly tossed a swing pass to Brown for just a yard, as the
Viking defense was bottling up the La Salle speedsters on the edge. On third and
8 from their own 41, after an Explorer time out, Daly was hit immediately by an
untouched lineman for a 5-yard loss. Gandolfo’s punt was downed on the Wood 35,
and the Vikings would go to work.
Out of an I-formation, Santiago was hit immediately by De Vose for no
gain. The powerful Pendleton gained 4 yards up the middle, two-teamed by Joyce
and Savage. On third and 6, Ross swung a pass to an open Pendleton on the right
side, and Pendleton rumbled to the Wood 48 for a first down. Frusco stopped
Santiago after a 3-yard gain up the middle. Santiago slashed through a hole up
the middle for a first down at the La Salle 38, Joyce making the stop, and Wood
was marching. Cardel Pigford ran a jet sweep, but was stopped for a two-yard
loss by Savage and Abdul Carter. Santiago, on his pet play, took a pitch to the
left side, found a seam and got down to the La Salle 14 before a Zobel tackle.
Santiago ran the same play for 5 yards, with Trainer and Joyce making the stop.
Ross rolled right, and tried to hit TE Bill Cook in the end zone, but Joyce made
a fingertip breakup. On third and 5 at the La Salle 9, Santiago ran that pitch
left again, stopped at the La Salle 1-yard line for a first and goal. Wood was
then called for a false start, setting the ball back to the 6. Then, Ross,
patiently rolling right, found Cook on a drag pattern in the back of the end
zone for a 6-yard Viking touchdown. Hennessey’s extra point made it 14-6,
Vikings, with 4:47 left in the half.
Hennessey’s pooch kick was fair-caught by Grant Hughes on the La Salle 28, and
the Explorers would seek to get that touchdown back. But they were called for 12
men on the field for the first play, costing them 5 yards. Daly hit Hardy on a
nice slant for 13 yards to the 36. Eschewing the huddle, Daly handed off to
Quiles up the middle for 3 yards and a first down. La Salle, self-destructing,
was called for procedure. Daly scrambled for a yard. Daly’s swing pass to Brown
was overthrown, setting up and third and 14 at their own 35. Daly, feeling the
pressure, scrambled for no gain, and the Blue and Gold would be forced to punt.
Gandolfo’s punt was returned three yards to the Wood 31 by DiVergilis, with
tackle by Carter, and Wood had 2:33 left in the half to expand their lead.
Ross threw deep to Pigford, but led him too much, with Joyce on the
cover. Santiago took a pitch to the right side this time, got the edge, and
racked up a first down to the Wood 45 with tackle by De Vose. Ross, on an option
keeper, gained 8 yards before being stopped by freshman Chris Thompson. Ross
scrambled to the left while under a big rush, and Trainer and Jordan Headen got
him for a two-yard loss, as Wood took a time out with 1:10 left in the half.
Then, Santiago, back to his bread and butter, took a pitch left and got a first
down to the La Salle 44, with tackles by Paul Jennings and Frusco. It certainly
seemed like the Vikings were in control, and on their way to extending their
lead before half. Ross, a little greedy, threw deep to Colin Murt, but the pass
was overthrown, with 54 seconds left. Ross then fired a pass in the right flat.
The ball was tipped in the air by the Viking receiver, and into the hungry hands
of Griffin Zobel, who raced with the interception from the La Salle 40 to the
Wood 13, and the imminent Viking scoring opportunity was replaced with one for
the Explorers, with 43 seconds left in the half.
But La Salle stepped on their foot again with a delay of game penalty.
Daly hit Diarrah on an out pattern for 7 yards, stopping the clock. Then Daly
kept the ball up left tackle through a wide-open hole, and scored from 11 yards
out, with 34 seconds left in the half. The Explorers went for two to tie the
game, but Brown’s throw-back pass to Daly in the end zone was intercepted, and
the score remained at 14-12, Vikes.
Gandolfo’s low line-drive kick was returned from the 30 to the 41 by
DiVergilis, with stop by Hardy. DiVergilis then ran a counter, broke into the
clear, and was stopped by De Vose on the La Salle 38, and Wood threatened again.
Ross spiked the ball to stop the clock at 19 seconds. Ross rolled left, and
found Pigford on the sideline for a gain to the La Salle 28 and a first down
with 14 seconds left. Ross overthrew Cook on the right side. Then Ross fired
into the end zone for Pigford, but Zobel broke up the pass, with 4 seconds left.
Hennessey came on to try a 45-yard field goal, but was short, and Archbishop
Wood took a 14-12 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Though it felt like Wood had the edge in play, La Salle had hung in
there, and had a fighter’s chance at pulling this out. With La Salle receiving
the second-half kickoff, it also felt like the first series of downs for the
Explorers in the second half would set the tone of the game. Bob Hennessey’s
kick sailed into the end zone, and La Salle would start from their own 20. Sean
Daly kept the ball off right guard for 2 yards. Daly then kept it again, around
the right side for 7 yards. On third and 1, Manny Quiles wormed his way up the
middle for two yards and a first down at the 31. With an empty backfield, La
Salle was hit with another false start penalty. Daly’s rollout pass to Hughes
was batted down. Off a fake jet sweep, Daly ran on the right side for a yard. On
third and 14 at their own 27, Daly, sensing a rush, scrambled up the middle for
just 3 yards. Jake Gandolfo’s punt was returned 7 yards to the Wood 45 by Ryan
DiVergilis, with tackles by Chris Thompson and Dillon Trainer.
Tom Santiago took a pitch from QB Jake Ross on the left side, cut back,
and gained 5 yards to midfield, with tackles by Trainer and Brendan Frusco.
Leroy Pendleton, a low-running locomotive, got a first down with a 7-yard ride
up the middle, with Trainer and Ryan Savage on the hit. Santiago was hit
immediately for a 3-yard loss by a hard-charging Savage. He gained back that
three yards on a pitch left, as Jordan Headen and Paul Jennings combined for the
stop. On third and 10 at the La Salle 43, Ross found tight end Bill Cook wide
open in the middle of the field for a gain to the La Salle 8 for a first and
goal, with tackle by Frank Joyce. Pendleton trundled up the middle for four
yards, with tackles by Jennings and Savage. Santiago took his familiar pitch
left and cut back, but gained just a yard, as Frusco and Jalen De Vose combined
on the hit. On third and goal at the three, Ross kept the ball up the middle,
but was stuffed for a yard loss by Thompson and Savage. On fourth and goal, Wood
went for the field goal, and Hennessey booted a 25-yarder, giving Wood a 17-12
lead with 4:27 left in the third stanza.
La Salle was just one score away from taking the lead, and needed to move
the ball on offense. Hennessey’s kick carried to the 14, and Quiles returned it
to the 26. Daly swung a pass to Sam Brown, but Wood sniffed out the play for a
two-yard loss. FB Liam Tatlonghari was hit immediately for no gain. On third and
12, Daly threw a screen pass to Diarrah which gained just 6 yards, and La Salle
would be forced to punt. Gandolfo’s low punt to the Wood 43 was grabbed by
DiVergilis, who raced down the left side to the La Salle 16, and the Vikings
were in great shape to increase their lead. But Santiago, going up left tackle,
fumbled the ball, recovered by Trainer, and La Salle dodged a bullet, with 2:47
left in the third quarter.
Quiles, out of a deep set, was stopped for no gain up left tackle. La
Salle was called for a holding penalty on the play, setting themselves back to
the 7-yard line. Daly’s pass to Luke Hardy was deflected, but Hardy made the
diving catch for a 4-yard gain. Daly’s slant pass to Diarrah gained 9 more. With
third and 6 on the 20, Daly dropped back, but scrambled, and gained 4 yards, two
short of a first down. Gandolfo’s punt was downed on the Wood 48.
The Vikings then were guilty of a delay of game penalty. Santiago tested
right guard, and gained just a yard, being bear-hugged by De Vose. The third
quarter ended with Wood on top, 17-12. Ross ran an option keeper for 4 yards,
with tackles by Leland Mersky and Hardy. On third and 10 at the Wood 48, Ross
scrambled to the right, and Mersky tackled him for a 4-yard gain, but a penalty
flag shot up into the air, and La Salle was called for unnecessary roughness,
giving new life to the Wood drive with a first down on the La Salle 33.
Santiago, running low to the ground, gained 7 yards on a good push up left
tackle, as Griffin Zobel made the stop. Ross fumbled the next snap for no gain.
On third and 3 at the La Salle 26, Santiago took a pitch to the right for 4
yards and a first down, with tackle by Frank Joyce. DiVergilis ran the counter
again to the La Salle 9 for a first and goal, with Joyce on the hit again.
Santiago ran a pitch left again for just a yard, as De Vose and Savage combined
for the tackle. On play action, Ross rolled right slowly, and again found Bill
Cook on a drag pattern across the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown,
putting the Explorers into a real hole. Hennessey’s extra point made it 24-12,
Wood, with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Quiles returned the kickoff from the 9 to the 37, but again, the holding
bugaboo brought the ball back to the 23. Daly gained a yard on a quarterback
draw. Daly threw deep beyond Diarrah down the left sideline. On third and 9,
Daly rolled right, and threw beyond Brown, but Wood was flagged for a change
this time, with an interference penalty. With new life and a first down on his
own 39, Daly corralled a high snap and fell on it for a 7-yard loss. Daly then
scrambled to the right while under a big rush and tossed the ball out of bounds.
On third and 17, Daly overthrew Hardy on the left side. Gandolfo’s punt was
returned two yards to the Wood 32 by DiVergilis, with 6:13 left in the game.
Santiago took a pitch left for 16 yards and a first down, with tackle by
De Vose. Cardel Pigford was stopped for no gain on a jet sweep by a Trainer
bearhug. Ross ran an option keeper for 7 yards, with tackle by Joyce. On third
and three, Pendleton burrowed up the middle for 4 yards and a first down, with
stop by Tim Barrett. Santiago gained two up left tackle, stopped by De Vose. La
Salle called their second time out, with 4:14 left. But it was to no avail.
Santiago shot up left guard through a big hole, into the open and into the end
zone from 39 yards out. Hennessey’s PAT made the Wood lead insurmountable at
31-12, with 4:09 left.
The pooch kickoff was fair-caught at the La Salle 25 by Grant Hughes.
Daly hit Hardy on a slant pattern for 12 yards and a first down. Scrambling away
under a big rush, Daly was sacked for a huge 16-yard loss. Daly found Diarrah
for a 9-yard gain while scrambling left. On third and 17 at their own 30, Daly
overthrew Brown over the middle. On fourth down, La Salle went for it, but
Daly’s pass to Hardy deep over the middle was overthrown, and Wood took over at
the La Salle 30, with 2:10 left.
DiVergilis went up left tackle for 10 yards and a first down. Pigford ran
a counter for three yards, with stop by Trainer. Ross ran an option keeper for 7
yards and a first down at the 10, and then knelt down to end the game.
Archbishop Wood held La Salle scoreless in the second half, pulling away from
the Explorers in a 31-12 Viking victory.
La Salle’s spread offense in the first half resulted in several Sean
Daly runs through the line, but Wood seemed to spy him in the second half to
negate that option. The Explorers committed too many infractions, and their
ball-control offense was stymied with a lot of long-yardage situations.
Impressive in this loss was the play of the linebackers; Dillon Trainer, Jalen
De Vose, Brendan Frusco were especially notable, as well as the play of Ryan
Savage on the defensive line. La Salle is a very young team, and the freshmen
and sophomores getting meaningful playing time will really benefit from this
experience, and will get bigger, stronger, faster, and, most importantly, wiser.
La Salle 35, Ryan 0
Daly “King of Swing”; La Salle Flyin’ Over Ryan, 35-0
The Explorers entered a muddy Mickey Young Memorial Stadium at George
Washington High School, and they knew that a “ground and pound” offense was
required on the slick grass against the Raiders of Archbishop Ryan.
And though the running attack was featured throughout the game, QB Sean
Daly proved to be the master of the swing pass, and there were a few other
“aerials” flying through the air that helped to break the spirit of the Raiders.
Here’s how the game went down:
Ryan won the toss, and deferred to the second half, and would force La
Salle to head into a westerly breeze for the first quarter. Gavin Dionisio’s
kickoff was returned by Sam Brown 9 yards to the La Salle 29, and QB Sean Daly,
wearing well the mantle of a leader each game, would start the drive. Daly
handed off to Abdul Carter up the middle for 3 yards, and then Carter sliced up
left guard for 5 more. With third and two, Daly swung a pass on the right side
to Manny Quiles, gaining 6 yards and a first down to the 43. Brown was stopped
for no gain on a jet sweep. Daly then bootlegged on the right side for a 7-yard
gain, setting up another makeable first down with a third and three. Daly kept
the ball up left tackle for 4 yards and another first down to the Ryan 46. Daly
swung a pass on the left side to Brown for 7 yards. Then Kahlil Diarrah, at
6’-6”, lined up in the Wildcat, and bounded up the middle for 8 yards and a
first down at the Ryan 31. Quiles, in a deep set, gained 8 yards up the middle;
Quiles seems to always gain 1 or 2 yards more than he should. Daly kept the ball
up left tackle for 3 yards and another first down at the Raider 20, as the
offensive line, with some replacements due to injury, were winning their
battles. Daly swung a pass to Quiles on the right, but overthrew the mercurial
senior. Brown gained just a yard on a jet sweep, and La Salle was challenged
with their first 3rd and long, needing 9 yards for a first down. After utilizing
a time out, Daly, on play action threw to Quiles on the right side, who used the
sidelines to get down to the 5-yard line for a first and goal. Brown went up the
middle before being stopped at the 1-yard line, and then Quiles completed the
long drive with a 1-yard plunge up the middle for a touchdown. Jake Gandolfo’s
extra point attempt was wide, so La Salle led, 6-0, with 4:40 left in the
quarter, utilizing 7 minutes and 20 seconds in the 15-play drive.
Gandolfo’s kickoff into the wind carried just to the 30, and Nathan
Kennish returned it to the 42. QB Jahlil Sanders handed off to Tyreek Chappell
for a 2-yard gain, tackled by LB Dillon Trainer, who was in on about every other
tackle all day. Chappell gained 6 yards up right tackle, stopped by Carter. On
third and two at midfield, Sanders kept the ball on the left side on an option,
but was stopped for no gain by SS Zaire McLaurin. Ryan decided to punt, and
Dionisio’s punt rolled dead on La Salle’s 15, with 2:40 left in the first
On the first play, Daly threw deep into the wind, but the “jump ball” that
ensued was intercepted by Justin Collier, who returned the ball to the Explorer
35 before being tackled by Carter, and Ryan would have their best field position
for the whole game. But the Raiders were flagged for delay of game before
getting a snap off. Then, Sanders’ pass to the middle was deflected by Trainer
and fell incomplete. On third and 15, Sanders kept the ball up the middle, but
LB Tyson Goldstein’s tackle shook the ball loose, and McLaurin scooped the ball
up, headed down the sideline, and stumbled, falling at the Ryan 14, and hurting
his ankle in the process.
The Explorers would take advantage of McLaurin’s long return immediately.
Daly swung a pass to Brown, and Brown bolted into the end zone for a 14-yard
touchdown. This time, La Salle would go for 2, and Daly swung a pass to Quiles
on the right side, and Quiles raced across the goal line at the flag for the
2-point conversion, and the Explorers led, 14-0, with 1:55 left in the first
Gandolfo pooched a kick to the 35 that was fair-caught by Collier. Mekhi
Lang ran a jet sweep for 3 yards before Trainer dragged him down. Julian Jones
gained two yards up right guard before being double-teamed by Isaiah Turner and
Brendan Frusco. On third and 5, Sanders found Kyron Long on the right side for a
10-yard gain and a first down, but Ryan was flagged for holding. On third and
15, Sanders missed Collier on a slant over the middle. Dionisio stuttered a few
steps before punting, and Luke Hardy fair-caught the ball on the La Salle 35.
Daly went to the swing pass again, this time to Brown, who gained 7
yards, but now La Salle was cited for holding, as the first period ended with La
Salle on top, 14-0. Daly missed Brown on another swing pass. Daly then gained 16
yards by keeping the ball on the left side in a wide-open lane. On third and 4,
Daly swung a pass on the right side to Carter, and the freshman gained 11 yards
to the Ryan 47 for a first down. Quiles was hit immediately after taking the
handoff for a 3-yard loss. Daly, the king of swing, hit Brown in the right flat
for 11 yards. On third and two, Daly found an opening up the middle for a
15-yard gain and a first down on the Raider 30. Diarrah entered the game in the
Wildcat again, but this time he fumbled after a two-yard gain, and the Raiders
recovered on their own 21, squelching the drive, with 9:06 left in the half.
Sanders threw incomplete to a falling Chappell. Chappell then went off
left tackle for two yards before the ubiquitous Trainer closed him down. On
third and 8, Sanders scrambled for 7 yards on the left side before Carter took
him down. On fourth and one at their own 30, Ryan would punt, and Dionisio’s
kick rolled dead on the La Salle 44.
Quiles slithered up the middle for 4 yards, and then went off right
tackled for 5 more. On third and one at the Raider 47, Quiles gained 4 yards and
a first down to the 43. Daly’s keeper was snuffed out by Ryan’s defense for just
a gain of one. La Salle was then called for a procedure penalty. Then more
laundry, as Daly scrambled to the 35 but the Explorers were flagged for holding,
setting up a second and 28 at the La Salle 39. Daly hit Diarrah across the
middle for 9 yards. On third and 19, the back of the playbook was used: Daly
lateraled to Diarrah, and the big man threw down the left sideline to Quiles,
who motored to the Ryan 15 for a first down. Brown went up right tackle for 2
yards. Daly kept the ball up the middle for 4 more. On third and 4 at the 9,
Carter tested the middle and gained 5 yards and a first and goal at the 4. Daly
rolled right but was nudged out of bounds for no gain, as no one was open. Daly
then swung a pass to Old Reliable, Quiles, on the left side, and Quiles scored
from 4 yards out. Gandolfo’s PAT was good, and the Explorers expanded their lead
to 21-0, with 1:47 left in the half, and a 3-touchdown lead entering the locker
room was quite satisfactory. But not satisfactory enough.
Gandolfo’s kickoff was returned from the 20 to the 35 by Jones, with
Goldstein on the tackle. Sanders fired deep down the left side to Chappell, but
Carter broke the play up nicely. Sanders, on play action, rolled right and had
to throw the ball out of bounds while under pressure. Sanders then missed
Chappell up the middle, and the Raiders would have to punt again. Dionsio’s punt
rolled dead on the La Salle 39, and the Explorers would try to add more points
with just 1:11 left in the half.
Daly’s swing pass on the left side to Brown was blocked down by Chris
Brown. Daly then scrambled into wide open territory, and was finally taken down
on the Ryan 30 for a first down. Daly, finding running room all day long,
bootlegged on the left side to the Ryan 15 for a first down, and Ryan had to
take a time out, with 42 seconds left in the half. Daly, scrambling, was sacked
for a 3-yard loss. Then, shades of RC Owens, the original “Alley-Oop” receiver
of about 60 years ago for the 49ers: Daly dropped back, and arced a pass to the
deep left corner of the end zone. Diarrah leaped up, and came down in the field
of play for an 18-yard touchdown, breaking the backs of the Raiders. Gandolfo’s
PAT made it 28-0, La Salle, with 27 seconds left in the half.
Gandolfo’s kick was returned from the 15 by Long, and he found a hole up
to the Ryan 45 before being tackled by TJ Meachum. Jones gained 4 up the middle
before being stopped by Ryan Savage, and the clock ran out on the half, with the
Explorers coasting, 28-0.
Just before the second half kickoff, Ryan was assessed an unsportsmanlike
conduct penalty. A coach was heard across the field “complimenting” the
officials on their job so far. That “progress report” allowed La Salle to kick
off from the Ryan 45. Santi Steria inherited the kicking honors for the second
half, as Jake Gandolfo was resting a sore left foot. Steria booted to the Ryan
5, where Kyron Long returned the pigskin to the 20, tackled by Tim Mehlmann.
Jahlil Sanders went back to work against the defense that held the Raiders
scoreless in the first half. Sanders missed Long on a slant across the middle.
Tyreek Chappell tested the middle for two yards, stopped by Dillon Trainer. On
third and 8, Sanders rolled left but missed Mekhi Lang with his pass. Gavin
Dionisio’s punt went off the side of his foot, and was downed on the La Salle
The Explorer offense went back to work. Manny Quiles started right, and
then veered left for 7 yards. Sam Brown swept the right side, but was tackled
for a 5-yard loss by John O’Brien, who burst through untouched. On third and 8,
Sean Daly faked a jet sweep and kept it up the middle for 5 yards. On fourth and
three, La Salle would go for it, but Daly had to corral a high snap and gained
just a yard, and the Raiders would take over on their 42.
Julian Jones, who ran hard for Ryan all day, was hit immediately by who
else but Dillon Trainer for no gain. Sanders threw low in the left flat to
Chappell. On third and 10, La Salle dialed up a blitz, and Sanders was sacked
for a 5-yard loss by Trainer and Jalen De Vose. Ryan’s punt was fair-caught on a
diving catch by Luke Hardy on the La Salle 41.
Daly, off of play action, hit Kahlil Diarrah on a screen for 3 yards. FB Liam
Tatlonghari eagerly took the handoff and powered his way for 6 yards up right
tackle. On third and one, Tatlonghari gained 4 yards up left tackle for a first
down at the Ryan 47. Daly then dropped back and threw a long pass down the right
side, which, though deflected by a Ryan defender, was captured on a great catch
by Hardy as he was falling down on the Ryan 25 for a first down. Diarrah then
lined up as a Wildcat, but he surprised everyone by firing a swing pass to the
left to Daly for 3 yards. Quiles went up the middle for a yard. On third and 6
at the Ryan 21, Quiles, always “money” when a first down was needed, gained 10
yards to the 11. Diarrah wildcatted off of left tackle, pushed into the pile,
and the pile moved its way into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. Steria’s
extra point made it 35-0, La Salle, and started the mercy-rule clock with 3:37
left to play in the third quarter.
Steria pooched a kick to the 30, where Jones returned it to the 35,
tackled by De Vose. Sanders hit Long in the left slot, but the pass was dropped.
Chappell gained 5 yards up the middle, stopped by Abdul Carter. On third and 5,
Sanders, under a heavy rush, was sacked by LB Shane Hagan and DL Patrick Troy.
Luke Hardy made a fair catch of the punt by diving backwards on the La Salle 40.
Freshman Byron Hopkins took over as quarterback, and handed off to Hardy
on a jet sweep for a 16-yard gain and a first down on the Ryan 44, as the third
quarter ended with La Salle leading, 35-0. Hopkins went left on an option, but
slipped for a 5-yard loss. Soph Matt Bowes plunged up the middle for 4 yards. On
third and 11, Hopkins bootlegged right, but was stopped for no gain. Steria’s
punt was downed on the Raider 29, as the running clock went below 9:45 left in
On play action, Sanders’ pass was intercepted by De Vose on the Ryan 34.
Soph Jalen Hanton, got his first touch of the game, a 3-yard jet sweep to the
left. Tim Mehlmann went off right tackle, broke some tackles, and gained 12
yards and a first down to the Ryan 19. Hanton bounced outside right for a 5-yard
gain. Mehlmann shot up right tackle for 3 yards. On third and two at the 11,
Hopkins kept the ball up right tackle for 4 yards and a first and goal at the 7.
Freshman Bill Whiteley pushed up the middle for 2 yards. Mehlmann lost 2 as the
handoff was not smooth. On third and goal at the 7, Hopkins ran an option keeper
for no gain. Hopkins again kept the ball around the right side, but gained just
two yards, and the ball would turn over on downs to Ryan at their own 5, with
2:30 and counting left in the game.
Cole Lowe entered as the Raider QB, and handed off to Jones for a 4-yard
gain, with stops by Hagan and Troy. Jones tested the middle and gained 6 yards
and a first down, tackled by soph Tim Barrett. Jones then gained two more, with
tackles by Matt Eckert and soph Colin Sitler, and the Raiders would not get
another play off. La Salle whitewashed Archbishop Ryan, 35-0, to improve their
record to 3-4.
The defense played a lot tighter than
previous games, and hopefully is coming together at the right time. Daly is
looking more and more like the leader on offense, and makes a lot of great
decisions on his option plays. Diarrah is getting more opportunities to do
everything (run, catch, throw), and the threat of an “Alley-Oop” to him in key
situations will hopefully create nightmares for the opposition. Next game is
Friday night, October 26, at 7 PM, versus Archbishop Wood at Upper Dublin, a key
game for La Salle, as this improving, young team will be tested by the Vikings.
La Salle 55, Judge 20
The Kids Are All Right: Youthful La Salle Passes Judge-Ment, 55-20
La Salle’s “Kiddie Corps” ran through and around the Crusader defense
all night long at the Ramp Athletic Complex, 55-20. Here’s how the game went
Father Judge won the toss, and deferred to the second half, hoping to
stop the La Salle offense on their first set of downs. Well, that didn’t work,
and it didn’t work all night long. The Judge kickoff found the end zone, and the
Explorers would start at their own 20. Out of a trips left formation, QB Sean
Daly tossed left to WR Kahlil Diarrah, touching the ball more frequently each
game, for a 9-yard gain. With a trips right, Daly handed off to RB Manny Quiles
for a three-yard gain and a first down. Freshman sensation Sam Brown entered the
game, and out of a trips right formation, Brown took the handoff to the left,
found the edge, and scored from 68 yards out. Jake Gandolfo’s extra point made
the score La Salle 7 – Father Judge 0, with 10:50 left in the first period.
Gandolfo’s kickoff was returned from the 15 to the 25 before tackles by
Jalen De Vose and Zaire McLaurin. La Salle was assessed a personal foul, and
Father Judge would start at their own 40. On a counter play, RB Dameir Johnson
gained 25 yards to the La Salle 35 before being stopped by McLaurin. QB Shane
Dooley kept the ball up the middle for 5 yards, with stops by DB Frank Joyce and
LB Chris Thompson. Johnson was hit immediately for a one-yard loss on a hit by
LB Tyson Goldstein. On 3rd and six at the La Salle 31, Dooley found WR Darrell
Tripline on a deep post for a 31-yard touchdown. Jack Isdell’s extra point tied
the score at 7-7, with 9:03 left in the first period, and the game had all of
the makings of a shootout.
The Judge kickoff made it to the 4-yard line, where Quiles returned it up
the middle to the 29. Daly ran an option keeper up the middle for 7 yards. Out
of a no-huddle for the first time this year, Daly handed off to FB Liam
Tatlonghari off right tackle behind good blocking for 7 yards and a first down.
Quiles swept the left side and cut up the field to the Judge 46 for another
first down. Daly kept the ball up left guard for 4 yards. Quiles swept the left
side again, and his extra effort got another first down at the Crusader 34. With
trips left, Daly tossed to Diarrah for just a one-yard gain. Then, Quiles swept
the right side this time, and behind good blocking, got the edge and sauntered
into the end zone from 33 yards out for a touchdown. Gandolfo’s extra point made
it 14-7, La Salle, with 5:55 left in the first stanza.
The kickoff was returned by Shane McGovern from the 3 to the 25, with
tackles by De Vose and Tim Mehlmann. Dooley swung a pass to the right to WR Dan
Foy, who dodged some missed tackles for a first down to the Judge 44. Dooley
kept the ball up left tackle, veered outside, and got down to the La Salle 37
before being stopped by Joyce. Dooley fumbled the handoff, and Judge recovered
for a two-yard loss. Dooley then scrambled for 4 yards, bringing up a 3rd and 8
from the La Salle 35. Judge was called for a procedure penalty. On third and 13,
Dooley tossed a bubble screen to Foy on the right side for no gain, with stops
by Jordan Headen and McLaurin. On 4th and 13, Judge chose to punt, and the ball
was downed on the La Salle 4, with 2:35 left in the first period.
Tatlonghari got outside on the right to gain 15 yard and a first down to
the La Salle 19. Brown, getting more touches, took a pitch on the left side for
a 14-yard gain and another first down to the 33. Brown then took a pitch to the
right, broke a tackle, and got open down the sideline for a 67-yard touchdown,
one yard less than his previous jaunt. Gandolfo’s PAT put La Salle on top, 21-7,
with 1:35 left in the first period.
La Salle was offsides on the kickoff, and Gandolfo then pooched the kick
to the Judge 32, where Majid Muhammad returned for just one yard, with tackle by
Mehlmann. Johnson went up left guard for 5 yards, with tackles by Goldstein and
McLaurin. Johnson was stuffed for a two-yard loss by Liam Trainer and Ryan
Savage. On third and seven at the Judge 36, Dooley scrambled left and was
tackled a yard short of the first down at his own 42-yard line by Trainer,
ending the first period with La Salle on top, 21-7. On fourth down, Dooley snuck
for two yards and a first down. Then, Dooley found his favorite target Foy down
the left sideline for a long gain to the La Salle 21. Dooley hit McGovern for an
8-yard gain, with Joyce on the stop. Dooley then fired to McGovern, wide open on
a slant pattern in the end zone, but the pass was overthrown. Johnson ran up the
middle for 12 yards before tackles by Goldstein and Joyce gave Judge a first and
goal at the 5. Dooley kept up the middle for no gain, with stops by Paul
Jennings and Isaiah Turner. But Dooley found Tripline open in the middle of the
end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. Isdell’s PAT made it 21-14, La Salle, with 8:50
left in the half.
Judge would need to be able to stop La Salle’s offense. The kickoff was
returned by Quiles from the 5 to the 35, but La Salle was hit with a holding
penalty that set them back to the 15. Brown ran a jet sweep on the left side to
the 33 for a first down. Daly hit Diarrah on a slant pattern to the Judge 47,
and La Salle was marching again, but La Salle was hit for a holding penalty
downfield, resulting in a first and 8 at their own 35. Quiles gained 3 off left
tackle. Daly found an open lane around left tackle for a first down to the Judge
45. Tatlonghari was hit immediately for a one-yard loss. On trips right, Diarrah
gained 10 yards on a bubble screen from Daly. On third and one at the Judge 36,
Quiles got 8 tough yards up the middle for a first down. Quiles notched 3 more
up right tackle. Daly, rolling left, tried to find Diarrah but overthrew the big
man. On third and 7 at the Crusader 25, Brown took a pitch on the left side,
made a great cut, and scored his third touchdown, this time from 25 yards out.
Gandolfo’s extra point gave La Salle a 28-14 lead, with 4:59 left in the half.
Gandolfo pooched the kick to the 16, where Johnson returned it just to the 19,
with tackles by De Vose and McLaurin. The Crusaders would need to score before
half to keep within shouting distance of the Explorers. Dooley kept the ball on
the left side for no gain, with stop by Savage. Dooley threw another bomb down
the left side to Foy, but this time it was broken up by Headen. On third and 10,
on a big rush, Dooley scrambled left, and threw a deep pass while landing out of
bounds, but La Salle was called for roughing the passer, giving the Crusaders
new life with a first down on their own 34. Dooley threw to Tripline for a
6-yard gain, with tackle by Headen. Dooley then scrambled and dodged La Salle
tacklers for a while, but Abdul Carter finally pinned him down for 2-yard loss.
On third and 6 at their own 38, Dooley, on a mad scramble, forced many Explorer
defenders to miss tackles on his way to a first down at the La Salle 36, but
Judge was set back 10 yards on a block in the back. Dooley was finally sacked on
a rush up the middle by Savage for an 8-yard loss, as Judge called time with
1:35 left in the half. On another wild scramble, Dooley was hit down by
Goldstein for a 3-yard loss. On third and 21, Dooley missed Foy on an out and
up. On fourth down, Dooley lined up in the pistol, and quick-kicked to the La
Salle 28, with 1:03 left in the half.
Daly ket the ball up the middle with wide open spaces to the Judge 45,
and La Salle looked to score before the end of the half. Daly swung a pass to
Diarrah, but Judge finally smelled out this play for a 5-yard loss. Daly
scrambled right and threw under pressure out of bounds, with just 32 seconds
left. Daly then threw low to Diarrah on a scramble. A La Salle penalty for
ineligible receiver downfield was declined by Judge. On fourth and 15 at the 50,
Gandolfo’s punt, under pressure, went out of bounds at the Judge 30, with 11
seconds left in the half, Dooley knelt down to run out the clock, and La Salle
went into halftime with a 28-14 lead.
Father Judge would get the ball back to start the second half, and La
Salle’s defense needed to make a stand. Jake Gandolfo’s pooch kick, finding a
seam in the Crusader alignment, was fallen on by Judge at the 22-yard line.
Shane Dooley fumbled the first snap, a low one, for a loss of 8 yards, as Tyson
Goldstein registered the tackle. Dooley, accurate all night, found Shane
McGovern on a short slant-in for 6 yards before being stopped by Jordan Headen.
On third and 12, Dooley threw just a little high to McGovern, and Frank Joyce
broke up the pass with a big hit, and the Crusaders would be forced to punt. A
big rush by Abdul Carter forced a short punt, downed on the Judge 43, and the
Blue and Gold offense would take over in great shape.
Manny Quiles blasted off right tackle with a lot of extra effort for a
12-yard gain and a first down. QB Sean Daly swung a pass to TE Grant Hughes for
5 yards. Quiles that went off the right side again for 4 yards. On third and 1
at the Judge 22, FB Liam Tatlonghari powered up left tackle through a good hole
to the Judge 8 for a first and goal. Carter entered the game at tailback, and
the freshman got down to the 2. Carter then went up left tackle and into the end
zone for a two-yard score. Gandolfo missed the extra point due to an out of sync
hold, but La Salle had increased their lead to 34-14, with 7:04 left in the
Gandolfo found the end zone on his kickoff. RB Dameir Johnson tested the
middle for no gain, with another tackle by Goldstein. Dooley, with plenty of
time, hit WR Darrell Tripline over the middle for 9 yards. On third and one,
Dooley tried to run a keeper, but TJ Meachum hit him hard, forcing a fumble that
was recovered by DE Ryan Savage, and La Salle was in business on the Judge 23,
seeking to increase their big lead.
Carter ran a jet sweep to the right side for a first down on the Crusader
13. Sam Brown jetted the other way for 5 yards. Daly, off a fake jet sweep,
raced up the middle and into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown. Gandolfo was
good this time, and the 41-14 lead had the Crusaders back on their heels, with
4:32 left in the third quarter.
Gandolfo’s kick to the 5 was returned by Johnson to the 25, with tackles
by Joyce and Dillon Trainer. Dooley fired a pass over the middle, but it was
dropped by Kevin Kelly. Dooley, undaunted, went deep again down the right side
to Tripling for a gain to the La Salle 40. A quick screen to McGovern gained
three, with a hard hit by Zaire McLaurin. Dooley rolled left and went deep to
McGovern, but the pass was overthrown. On third and 7 at the Explorer 37, Dooley
was forced to scramble, and McLaurin nearly intercepted his hurried pass. On
fourth down, Dooley threw deep to Dan Foy, and the pass was incomplete, but
flags came in, and there were offsetting penalties for offensive and defensive
interference, the first time that these old eyes ever saw that call. On fourth
down again, with a big La Salle rush that was gaining in intensity, Dooley threw
incomplete, and La Salle would take over on downs.
Jalen De Vose entered the backfield and gained two hard yards up the
middle. Kahlil Diarrah, all 6’-6” of him, lined up in the Wildcat, and sliced up
the middle and to the right for a first down at the Judge 49. De Vose swept left
behind a good block by Kenny O’Kane for 9 yards, breaking tackles along the way.
Diarrah wildcatted his way up the middle for 4 yards and a first down at the
Crusader 36. De Vose was hit immediately for a one-yard loss, as the third
quarter ended with La Salle on top, 41-14. De Vose took a pitch left for 2
yards. On third and 9, Daly swung a pass to the right to RB Tim Mehlmann, who
got the edge down the sideline to the 4-yard line for a first and goal. De Vose
went up left guard for 4 yards and a touchdown. Gandolfo was true with his kick,
and the La Salle lead grew to 48-14, with 10:57 left in the game.
Santi Steria took over the kicking honors, and sent the ball down to the
5, where John returned the ball to the 25 before being stopped by Joey Cassizzi.
Dooley was under more pressure by the La Salle line, and was sacked for a 9-yard
loss by Isaiah Turner. Dooley threw deep to McGovern, but the pass was
overthrown, with good coverage by Carter Kenney and Giacomo Ward. Dooley
scrambled right for 7 yards before being stopped by Shane Hagan. Dooley limbered
up his deep arm again, finding Foy in traffic, with Foy making a great catch
down to the La Salle 12. Dooley, scrambling right, sailed an incomplete pass in
the end zone. But La Salle was flagged for a personal foul for roughing the
passer, placing the ball on the 6. Dooley then tossed an alley-oop pass to the
back of the end zone to McGovern for a 6-yard touchdown. The two-point try was
snuffed out by Kenney, and the score was now 48-20, La Salle, with 7:55 left in
The onsides kick was recovered by La Salle’s Luke Hardy on the Explorer
47, and La Salle would conduct a musical quarterback symphony. Freshman Byron
Hopkins handed off to soph RB Jalen Hanton for 7 yards up right tackle. Then
soph Gavin Daly handed off to freshman Bill Whiteley up the middle for a yard.
On third and two, freshman Alan Paturzo rolled right and found Mehlmann with a
swing pass for a first down at the Judge 33. Hopkins took his turn, and went up
right tackle and into the clear, racing into the end zone for a 33-yard
touchdown, the fifth freshman 6-pointer of the game, certainly a La Salle
record, maybe even for a freshman game! Steria’s extra point was good, and with
6:02 left, the mercy rule would take effect with the 55-20 Explorer lead.
Steria’s kick sailed to the 10, where McGovern returned the ball to the
32. Soph Aiden Dooley entered the game as the Crusader quarterback, and handed
off to Johnson for no gain, with tackles by TJ Meachum and Chris Thompson. The
younger Dooley scrambled to the left for a 6-yard gain, with stops by Matt
Eckert and Nick Anderson. On third and 4, Aiden Dooley fired an accurate pass up
the middle to Foy, but it was broken up by Cassizzi. On fourth down, Aiden
Dooley scrambled to the right, but was thrown down for a 3-yard loss by Tim
Barrett, and La Salle would take over with a couple of minutes to play, and a
Hopkins took a couple of knees, and the Explorers claimed their second
victory of the season with a convincing 55-20 win over Father Judge.
and more, the freshmen are getting meaningful playing time, and Sam Brown and
Abdul Carter, along with others, are getting to show their abilities more each
game, and this bodes well long-term for the La Salle football fortunes. The
defense stiffened up in the second half, putting more pressure on Shane Dooley
than in the first half, but the secondary will need to tighten up on their deep
coverage. La Salle will take on Archbishop Ryan, who had defeated Father Judge
earlier this season, next Saturday at 1 PM at George Washington High School.
La Salle 58, Haverford School 28
It was an old-fashioned Homecoming Day game, at an old familiar site,
Springfield High School, but with a new wrapper of a turf field, that resembled
more of a old-fashioned pinball machine on the verge of tilting, as La Salle’s
rushing attack overtook the Haverford School, 58-28.
With the Haverford Fords visiting the La Salle Explorers, it would have
been perfect if an automobile dealer sponsored the game with the featured car
being a Ford Explorer, but maybe next year, as the two teams provided the
Homecoming crowd with thrills, chills, and even a Philly Special. Here’s how it
La Salle won the toss, and deferred to the second half. Jake Gandolfo’s
kick bounced around at about the 2-yard line, and the Fords’ Nate Whitaker
finally scooped it up and ran out to the 20. Then the pinball machine was
plugged in. Quarterback Ben Gerber tossed a seemingly innocuous swing pass on
the right side to Whitaker, who got the edge on the sideline and raced 80 yards
for a shocking first-play touchdown. Kicker Chris Clark added the extra point,
and Haverford was on top of La Salle quickly, 7-0, after just 15 seconds of
Clark’s kickoff sailed out of the end zone, and the Blue and Gold would start at
their own 20, with senior Sean Daly at the controls, as junior Jack Machita was
still out with a wrist injury. Out of a trips right formation, Daly hit angular
receiver Kahlil Diarrah on a quick slant-in, much like Malvern executed the
previous week, and Diarrah got a first down at the 32. Then, pinball again:
freshman Sam Brown, on his first-ever carry, looking like a Ford Thunderbird
instead of a Ford Explorer, took a jet sweep around the left, got the edge, and
sprinted down the sideline for a 68-yard score. Jake Gandolfo’s boot split the
uprights, tying the score at 7-7, with just 41 seconds played so far. Whew!
Gandolfo’s kickoff carried to the two, where Daiyaan Hawkins weaved his
way out to the 33 before being stopped by Joey Cassizzi. Gerber, with an empty
backfield, fired a short pass on the right side to WR Chris Sims for a “modest”
7-yard gain, stopped by LB Dillon Trainer. On a read option, Gerber handed off
to Hawkins for a first down to the 43, with tackle by DB TJ Meachum. Gerber
again optioned to Hawkins on the right side, but DL Ryan Savage stopped him for
a gain of a yard. Again, with La Salle blitzing Hawkins took the ball up the
middle, and LB Brendan Frusco made an ankle tackle after a three-yard gain. On
third and six, Gerber threw complete deep down the left side to WR Bryce
Broadus, with Cassizzi making the tackle on the La Salle 25. Gerber ran an
option keeper up the middle for 6 yards, with LB Tyson Goldstein sliding over to
make the stop. Whitaker swept the left side, but Meachum pulled him down from
behind for a loss of two. On third and six at the 21, Gerber, on another read
option, handed off to Hawkins, who cut upfield at left tackle for 7 yards and a
first down, with another tackle by Meachum. Gerber then hit Broadus, flanked way
to the left, with a quick look-in, and Broadus took it into the end zone for a
Ford score. Clark’s PAT made it 14-7 for Haverford, with still 6:44 left in an
eventful first stanza.
Clark’s kick again found the end zone, and La Salle would start at the
20, seeking to match Haverford score for score at this point. The Explorers had
their brand-new Mustang in the game, freshman RB Abdul Carter, who jet-sweeped
the right side with good blocking to gain 12 yards and a first down. Then, back
to the T-Bird Brown, who went outside left tackle for 20 yards to the Ford 48,
but the Blue and Gold were called for holding, bringing the ball back to their
own 22. Daly kept the ball on a fake jet-sweep and was hit immediately for a
4-yard loss. Now, La Salle’s F-150, RB Jalen De Vose bulldozed up the middle for
7 yards. On third and 17 at his own 25, Daly scrambled to the right, veered to
the wide-open middle, and was finally tracked down at the Haverford 48 for a
27-yard gain and an apparent first down, but again the Explorers were flagged
for holding. On third and 27 at their own 15, La Salle ran a screen play that
was dropped, and they would be forced to punt. Gandolfo’s boot was fair-caught
at the La Salle 47, and the Fords were in excellent position to increase their
RB Logan Keller pushed up the middle for three yards, with stop by Frusco
and DL Sam Graham. Gerber then went deep left again, to WR Matthew McKenna, and
there was a collision with DB Rob Tatum, but no laundry landed on the field. On
third and 7 at the La Salle 44, with a full backfield, Gerber handed off to
Whitaker up the middle, and he was tackled by DB Griffin Zobel after a 4-yard
gain. Now a fourth and three and decisions to make. And the Fords would go;
Gerber was flushed out of the pocket and hurriedly threw a pass on the right
sideline that was incomplete, and the La Salle defense held, giving the offense
great field position at their own 40, with still 2:39 left in an endless first
Another jet sweep to the right by Brown gained 7 yards. Daly swung a pass to
Manny Quiles on the left side, and the mercurial Quiles (Mercury is a Ford
product) dodged (not Dodge, sorry, wrong company) some tacklers for a first down
on the Haverford 44. This time, the Mustang Carter ran the jet sweep right, and
smoothly drove to the 29 for another first down. Daly faked the jet sweep and
handed off to De Vose, who plowed up the middle for 5 yards, and the La Salle
ground game was in high gear. A quick out from Daly to WR Luke Hardy netted 4
more. On third and 1 from the Haverford 20, Quiles, out of a deep set, followed
FB Liam Tatlonghari’s block for a first down at the 14. Brown jet-sweeped left
for a one-yard loss, as the quarter ended with Haverford clinging to a 14-7
The O-line, featuring Ronnie Ross, Declan Tuffy, Leland Mersky, Kenny
O’Kane, and Ryan Wills, were taking control of the line of scrimmage, and the
running game was reaping great benefits. On the next play, center Tuffy blew a
hole in the middle of the line big enough for an F-250, and Quiles pranced into
the end zone untouched for a 15-yard touchdown. Gandolfo’s boot tied the score
at 14-14, with 11:55 to go in the half.
Now, could the defense stop the Fords? Gandolfo planted the kickoff into
the end zone. Frusco and Trainer met Whitaker in the hole for no gain. Whitaker
swept the left side for 7 yards, with stop by DL Isaiah Turner. On third and a
long three, Gerber shoveled a pass forward to Hawkins that was smelled out by DL
Lucas McNally for no gain and a big stop, forcing a punt. Clark’s punt, under a
big rush, sliced out of bounds on the Ford 42, and La Salle had a chance to take
the lead for the first time.
A slant-in screen from Daly to Diarrah was too low. Tatlonghari went off
left tackle for 5 yards. On third and five at the Ford 37, Quiles went inside
for 4 tough yards, bringing up a fourth and one. Deep in the I formation, Quiles
bashed over right tackle for a first down at the 30. Daly then bootlegged left
and spotted Diarrah beyond his coverage. Diarrah made the catch, and veered
toward the middle and into the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown to give La Salle
the lead. But no; the Explorers were flagged for a 5-yard penalty; Diarrah
possibly lined up offsides. No problem: Daly faked a handoff to Carter and kept
the ball around the left side, and angled along the sideline before being forced
out of bounds after getting a first down on the 17. Carter jet-sweeped his way
to the 8, but another flag came down. It looked like Hardy was called for
holding downfield, and the ball came back to the 23. Daly again kept after a
fake jet sweep, this time on the right side, and he found a seam down to the
5-yard line for a first and goal. In a tight formation, Daly handed off to De
Vose who was bulldogged down for no gain. Daly rolled left, and found soph TE
Tim Barrett open at the goal line, but the ball glanced off his fingertips. On
third and goal at the 5, in a trips left formation, Daly gunned a bubble screen
to the middle receiver Diarrah, but the Fords sniffed that out, and the play
lost 2 yards. Gandolfo came on and boomed a 24-yard field goal to give La Salle
a 17-14 lead for real this time, with 4:54 left in the half.
Again, Gandolfo found the end zone on his kick. Gerber, with plenty of
rest, fired a deep post pattern to WR Dan Whaley, but Whaley could only get one
hand on the slightly overthrown ball. RB Mekhi Ajose-Williamson went off right
tackle, but a three-linebacker sandwich of Frusco, Goldstein, and Trainer
crunched the runner for just a one-yard gain. On third and nine, Gerber, on a
deft fake, fired downfield to Hawkins, and La Salle was ruled for pass
interference, and the Fords had new life with a first down on their 36. The
Explorers jumped offside on a blitz to give the Fords five more yards. Gerber
kept the ball up right tackle for 4 yards before a stop by McNally. RB Logan
Keller was stuffed for a one-yard loss by Savage. On third and a long 2, Gerber
faked a handoff, and an all-out blitz chased him to the left, and he was finally
tossed down by Trainer for a 5-yard loss. Clark faced an all-out rush on his
punt, but his boomer with a roll stopped on the La Salle 8-yard line, with 2:25
left in the half.
Quiles gained just one yard on the left side. Out of a deep set, Quiles
burrowed for 5 yards up the middle. On third and four, Daly slow-rolled to the
right, but had to dump the ball out of bounds, and La Salle would have to punt.
Combating a big rush, Gandolfo punted to the La Salle 46 where the Fords
fair-caught the ball, with still a chance to take the lead into the locker room,
cradling a precious 57 seconds.
But Gerber fired deep down the middle, and the pigskin pin-balled off of
3 or 4 players before being grabbed by Meachum for an interception, and now La
Salle had the last chance to score from their own 39, with 46 seconds left. Daly
gained 7 on a quarterback draw with an empty backfield as La Salle called time
out. Daly scrambled to the right, tight-roped down the sideline for a while, and
then angled to open field down the middle, gaining 25 yards to the Haverford 29,
and then Daly hurriedly spiked the ball. Daly again ran a draw up the middle,
gaining 9 yards to the 20, and La Salle called a time out. Surprisingly, Daly
handed off on a quick opener up the middle to De Vose, who stampeded all the way
to the 3-yard line. The clock stopped to move the chains, and then Daly again
spiked the ball, leaving a big decision to be made with just about 12 seconds
left in the half. Daly, in the pistol, took the snap, waited, and then gingerly
bootlegged to the left, and he saw a sliver of an opening to slide through and
dive onto the goal line for a touchdown. Gandolfo’s PAT gave La Salle a 24-14
lead, with 4.6 seconds left in a zany first half.
A slow-bounding kick was covered by Haverford at midfield. Gerber
scrambled downfield to the La Salle 29 before Meachum and Tatum grabbed him, and
the half ended with La Salle leading, 24-14.
At this point in the game, the Explorers seemed to have taken control of
the game, as their multi-pronged rushing game was in full throttle, led by QB
Daly. Time to refuel and rev those engines for the second half.
Chris Clark of the Fords kicked off to the 2, where Manny Quiles returned
the ball to the 26. Sam Brown took a quick pitch to the left for three yards.
Manny Quiles, the all-terrain vehicle, plowed up the middle for 4 more. On third
and 3, QB Sean Daly bootlegged around the open right side for a first down to
the La Salle 49. Then Quiles broke through a hole on the right side, veered to
the sideline, and outran the Ford defenders for a 51-yard touchdown. The drive
was quite a statement on what the Explorers would do all game long with their
rushers. After the Fords jumped offsides on the first attempt, Jake Gandolfo’s
PAT increased the La Salle lead to 31-14, with 10:03 left in the third period.
Gandolfo’s kickoff came to the 12, where Nate Whitaker returned the ball
to the 29, tackled by Dillon Trainer. The Fords would try to get back in this
game that was slipping away from them. New Dante Perri tossed a bomb down the
left sideline that was overthrown. An offensive lineman moved before the snap,
costing the Fords a five spot. On a blitz, Abdul Carter leaped to bat down a
Perri pass. On third and 15, Perri swung a pass to the left side to Whitaker for
a five-yard gain, with a great form tackle by DB Rob Tatum, and the Fords would
have to punt. Clark’s boot was downed on the La Salle 24, and the Explorers
would have a chance to dismantle the Fords.
Jalen De Vose running like the truck he is, turned the left side through
some tackles for 7 yards. Manny Quiles was stuffed with his wheels spinning for
a two-yard loss. On third and five, Quiles took a handoff up the middle for a
first down, and was towed by the offensive line for more yardage to the 45.
Quiles then went off left tackle, and weaved his way up the middle to the Ford
32. There seemed to be no stopping the La Salle rushing machine. Daly, the
caretaker of the fleet, handed off to his F-150 De Vose, who battered his way to
the 25. Haverford jumped offsides, giving the Blue and Gold a first down at the
20. Daly faked a handoff and kept the ball on the right side for a first and
goal at the 9. De Vose then powered his way up the middle and into the end zone
for the touchdown. Gandolfo’s boot made it 38-14, La Salle, with 4:27 left in
the third quarter, and the game seemingly in control. But not just yet.
Gandolfo’s pooch kick was fallen on by the Fords at their own 30, where
they would try to gain back some control of the game. QB Perri fired a quick
look-in to Bryce Broadus, who turned back outside and went down the sidelines
for a gain to midfield. Perri handed off to Daiyaan Hawkins, who was plastered
immediately by an onrushing Ryan Savage for a 4-yard loss. An out from Perri to
WR Dan Whaley misfired. On third and 14, Perri threw a bomb down the left side
to Broadus, which fell incomplete due to great coverage by DB Frank Joyce, but
Joyce was called for interference, giving the Fords new life at the La Salle 39.
A bubble screen on the left was batted down by a marauding Savage. Perri hit
Whaley on a slant-in on the right side, and Whaley powered his way to the La
Salle 20 for a first down. Perri overthrew TE Matt Carlino, but La Salle was
again flagged for interference. On first and goal at the 9, Perri made a nice
adjustment and located Broadus crossing in the back of the end zone for a
touchdown. Clark’s extra point brought the Fords back to 38-21, with 2:21 left
in the third stanza.
A short kickoff was returned by Justin Machita to the 30. Quiles pushed
his way forward for 3 yards. With trips right, Daly flared a pass to the right
to Sam Brown, but Brown was stopped for a two-yard loss. On third and 9, La
Salle was called for procedure. Brown ran a jet sweep for 5 yards, and La Salle
would have to punt, as the third quarter ended with the Explorers on top, 38-21.
Gandolfo’s punt to the Ford 34 was caught by Jake Spencer, who started up the
middle, swung to the right, and got the edge down the sideline for a 66-yard
touchdown. Clark’s extra point brought the Fords to within 10, 38-28, with 11:42
left in the 4th period, and the partisan Homecoming crowd now concerned.
Quiles took the kickoff from his own 2 to the 28, and the La Salle
running engines would have to get back in gear. De Vose rumbled up the middle
for 9. De Vose then ran with power off left tackle for a first down at the 44.
There was no stopping the runaway truck as De Vose, seemingly running downhill,
powered over left tackle for 8 yards to the Ford 48. Yet again, De Vose took the
ball and veered left and down the sideline for a 21-yard gain to the 27. Quiles,
giving De Vose a breather, skirted the left side to the 12, but La Salle was
called for holding, setting them back to the Ford 36. Quiles took a jet sweep to
the 31. Daly gained two yards on a keeper to the right. On third and 12, Quiles
was bottled up for just 4 yards on a sweep around the left side. It was now
fourth down, 8 to go, on the Ford 25, and a change in momentum could happen with
a Ford stop. It was time for something special. Daly lined up in the pistol
formation in an empty backfield, 3 receivers to the left and two to the right.
Quiles came in motion from the right side, and took a handoff from Daly, who
innocuously wandered to the right flat. Quiles pitched the ball on a reverse to
Liam Tatlonghari, who came from the left flanker position. Tatlonghari
shot-putted a pass to a wide-open Daly on the right side, and Daly skittered
into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown. Whether it was the Eagles’ Philly
Special, or the Philly-Philly, or a newly-baptized Wyndmoor Special, La Salle’s
first pass of the second half broke the backs of the Fords. Gandolfo’s kick made
it 45-28, Explorers, with 7:26 left in the fourth period.
Gandolfo pooched a kick that was returned for short yardage to the 25 by
Jake Spencer. Perri’s first pass was intercepted by a blitzing Abdul Carter;
“eaten” may be a better description, as the pass traveled only about 2 yards,
and La Salle was back in business at the Ford 19. Carter was rewarded for his
pick by lining up at tailback, and the Mustang took the handoff screeched to a
halt at the 8-yard line. Carter then banged his way through the line and into
the end zone for yet another Explorer touchdown. Gandolfo’s tired foot was off
the mark for the extra point, but La Salle now led, 51-28, with 6:29 left in the
The Fords brought the kickoff out to the 22. Clark dropped back to pass,
and fired a post pattern down the middle. The pass glanced off the receiver’s
hands and into the welcoming hands of DB TJ Meachum at the Ford 40, and Meachum
eagerly raced to the right and into the end zone for a touchdown. Gandolfo put
it through this time, increasing the lead to 58-28, with 6:13 left in the game.
The pooch kick was returned by Spencer from the 28 to the 44. Perri
lofted a pass on a wheel route to the left by Hawkins, but Rob Tatum made a
leaping interception before stepping out of bounds at the La Salle 43. Freshman
QB Byron Hopkins took over the helm, and kept the ball up the middle for 5
yards. He then handed off to RB Tim Mehlmann up the middle for 6 yards and a
first down to the Ford 46. Hopkins then bootlegged right, and showed great speed
in getting down to the 30. RB Matthew Bowes then rumbled out of a deep set for 7
yards. A fumbled snap was recovered by the Fords’ Ben Murphy at the Ford 35.
Perri overthrew Whaley down the right side. RB Mekhi Ajose-Williamson
went off right tackle, and was stopped for a 2-yard gain on a shoestring tackle
by DB Giacomo Ward. On third and 8, Perri threw an out to Whitaker on the right
side for a first down to the 48. Perri hit Whitaker on a short crossing pattern
to the La Salle 34. Ajose-Williamson burst through a hole and was tripped up
after an 11-yard gain to the 23 by DB Marlow Freyre. Perri rolled left and
overthrew WR Dylan Lepore in the end zone. Perri then overthrew Jordan Berry in
the end zone, with good coverage by Ward. On third and 10, Perri, under a blitz
by Ward, threw the ball away. Thomas Ward came in to attempt a 40-yard field
goal, but the kick was off to the right.
From the 20, Hopkins handed off to Bowes for a yard. Soph QB Gavin Daly
came in for a few snaps, and handed off to Mehlmann for 2 yards. Gavin Daly then
took a knee, the engines were turned off, and the La Salle rushing machine
notched their first victory of the season, defeating the Haverford Fords, 58-28,
on Homecoming at Springfield.
NOTES: people will always remember the “Wyndmoor Special” from this game,
but the play of the offensive line should really be remembered, as the La Salle
fleet of vehicles gained over 500 yards on the ground, looking like Oklahoma or
Texas or, at least, Archbishop Wood, back in their rushing prime years. This
coming week is a bye week, an extra week to prepare some surprises for St.
Joseph’s Prep on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 PM at Widener. Plenty of time to
tune the engines up!!
Malvern 35, La Salle 23
The Friars won the toss, and elected to defer to the second half, the "in vogue"
coin toss selection these days. Sebastian Costantini's kickoff made it into the
end zone for a touchback, and La Salle would start at their own 20, with Wildcat
quarterback Sean Daly, a senior, starting the game, because junior Jack Machita
was nursing an injury. Daly's quarterback duties usually were handoffs and
keepers, with nary a pass sailed into the air. That changed dramatically, as, on
the first play from scrimmage, Daly arced a bomb down the right sideline that
landed into WR Kahlil Diarrah's outstretched hands on a fly, and the 6'-6"
receiver shook off some would-be tacklers and loped down the sideline and into
the end zone for a shocking 80-yard touchdown. Jake Gandolfo's extra point made
it 7-0, La Salle, just 16 seconds into the game.
Gandolfo's kickoff was caught at the 5 by Malvern's Lonnie White, who
returned it to the 26 before being tackled by Joey Cassizzi. Heralded junior QB
Drew Gunther took the reins, and handed off to RB Nicholas Gueriera, who, after
a hit by LB Tyson Goldstein, fumbled the ball after a 4-yard gain, but the
Friars maintained possession. Gueriera ran again off left tackle and broke into
the open down to La Salle's 47 before being tackled by DB TJ Meachum. Gunther's
flare pass to WR Keith Maguire fell short on first down. Gueriera's attempt up
the middle was stopped immediately by DE Paul Jennings for no gain. On third and
10, Gunther's slant to WR Ryan iacone was too far, and the Friars would punt.
But the snap was bad, and the ensuing scramble for the ball gave the Explorers a
first down at the Malvern 36, with a chance to extend their early lead.
Daly's play action pass to WR Luke Hardy was behind him. Daly called his
own number, broke a tackle up the middle, and gained 3 yards. On third and 7 at
the Friar 33, Daly called Diarrah's number again, and threw deep, but the pass
was overthrown. On fourth down, Daly scrambled to the right, and tossed a pass
to Hardy, but the pass was slightly behind him, and Malvern would take over at
their own 33, with 9:11 to go in the first period.
Gunther now took charge. He found Iacone on a look-in for 8 yards with a
stop by LB Dillon Trainer. On play action, Gunther hit Iacone on a slant to the
La Salle 44 for a first down. Keith Maguire went off left tackle for three
yards, with Jordan Headen and Dillon Trainer on the hit. A quick toss in the
right flat to Iacone went for no gain, as SS Zaire McLaurin laid the wood. On
third and 7, Gunther sailed a post-pattern pass to Ryan Maguire, who outran La
Salle defenders to get down to the Explorer one-yard line. Keith Maguire tested
the middle for no gain, but he then burst into the end zone on the next play for
a one-yard touchdown. Costantini's extra point was good, tying the score at 7-7,
with 6:43 left in the first period. Malvern was assessed a 15-yard penalty after
the play, and would kick from their own 25-yard line.
Costantini's kick was grabbed by Manny Quiles at the 17, and Quiles,
playing in his first game of the season, went up the right side to the La Salle
38. Quiles charged up left tackle for 5 yards. Daly threw a quick out to Hardy
for 3 yards. On third and 2, Daly rolled left and slightly overthrew FB Liam
Tatlonghari, and the Explorers would be forced to punt. Gandolfo's punt spiraled
to the Malvern 20, where D'Angelo Stocker returned it to the 30.
Gueriera got just one yard up the middle, with Ryan Savage and Paul
Jennings on the tackle. Gunther used play action to fire a slant to Iacone for a
13-yard gain and a first down. From his own 44, Gunther set up a quick bubble
screen on the left side to WR TyGee Leach, and Leach bolted up the middle into
the clear for a 56-yard touchdown. The snap for the extra point was fumbled, and
holder John Boyle's run attempt was stopped for no gain by DB Rob Tatum. But the
Friars now led, 13-7, with 3:32 left in the first period.
Quiles caught Costantini's kickoff at the 3, and skated out to the 25. Quiles
then swept the left side for a 10-yard gain, but La Salle was flagged for
holding. He gained 12 yards by sweeping the left side, and then went up the
middle for 3 yards. On third and 5, Daly, seeing no one open, scrambled to the
right for just 2 yards. Gandolfo's punt was downed on the Malvern 37, with 1:43
left in the first stanza.
Malvern brought in Lonnie White as a Wildcat quarterback, and his keeper
on the right side gained two yards, with Trainer and Meachum stopping him. With
Gunther back in as quarterback, Gueriera took his handoff off right tackle for 4
yards before being stopped by DL Brian Grady. On third and four, Gunther's pass
on the right side to Leach was overthrown. Luke Hardy returned the punt from the
17 to the 23.
Quiles was stuffed for no gain on a sweep left, as the first quarter
ended with Malvern on top, 13-7. Daly kept up the middle for three yards. On
third and 7, Daly, again sensing that no one was open, scrambled for just 3
yards, and La Salle would be forced to punt. After a procedure call against the
Blue and Gold, Gandolfo's punt was returned from the Friar 37 to midfield by
White, as the tackle was made by Goldstein.
On first down, Gunther was sacked on a blitz by freshman Abdul Carter, a
heat-seeking missile of a linebacker. Gueriera gained 4 yards up right tackle,
with stop by Tatum and McLaurin. On third and 12, Tatum broke up a pass from
Gunther to Keith Maguire, and Malvern would punt. Hardy made a fair catch of the
punt at his own 17, with 9:01 left to play in the half.
Quiles, becoming the workhorse, bolted off right tackle for 10 yards and
a first down at the 27. On play action Daly scrambled to the left for 9 yards.
FB Liam Tatlonghari rumbled up the middle for three yards and a first down. Daly
again scrambled on the right side for 1 yard, and then hit Tatlonghari with a
flare pass off play action for 2 yards. On third and 7 at their own 42, Daly
scrambled left and tossed a swing pass to Quiles, who was hit hard and couldn't
hold onto the ball. Gandolfo's punt was fair-caught at the Malvern 10-yard line,
with 5:53 left in the half, and Malvern clinging to a 6-point lead.
Gueriera gained some yardage up the middle on first down, but Malvern was
flagged for procedure. Keith Maguire gained 3 off left tackle, stopped by
Goldstein and Meachum. Gunther's pass to Iacone was low. On third and 12 at his
own 8, Gunther overthrew White on a bomb down the left side. The ensuing punt
was shanked, and La Salle would have excellent field position at the Friar 26,
and would take full advantage.
Quiles went off left tackle and followed a good block by Hardy for 20
yards and a first and goal at the 6. Quiles then went into the end zone
untouched from 6 yards out up right guard. Gandolfo's extra point gave La Salle
the lead at 14-13, with 4:47 left in the half.
The kickoff was caught by White on the 5, and returned to the 29. Then, a
big break for La Salle: Gunther's slant pass to WR Tyler Tinson was bobbled, and
intercepted by Meachum, and the Explorers were set up to extended their lead
with the ball at the Friar 32. Quiles went up right guard for 2 yards. On play
action, Daly's deep pass to Hardy was overthrown. On third and 8 at the Friar
30, Daly ran a draw, and gained 5 yards, but he fumbled when he was hit, and
Malvern recovered the ball on their 25. This would prove to be the turning point
of the game.
Gunther hit White on an out pattern on the left side, and White skirted
past defenders for a 23-yard gain to the Malvern 48. Gunther then found Iacone
on a slant/bubble screen, and Iacone ran down the left sideline and into the end
zone for a 52-yard touchdown. The Friars would go for two, and Gunther made it
look easy by firing a slant pass to Keith Maguire, and Malvern regained the
lead, 21-14, with 3:05 left in the half.
Quiles returned the kickoff from the two to the 18. On an extraordinary
play, Quiles seemed stopped after a 2-yard gain, but kept his feet, and the
entire pile of linemen and Quiles moved forward for an additional 10 yards and a
first down at the 30. Daly scrambled to the right and found RB Jalen De Vose for
a first down at the La Salle 46. Daly bootlegged right for 2 yards. He then
scrambled up the middle and then to the left, getting out of bounds at the
Malvern 38. Daly rolled right and tossed a screen back to the left for Quiles,
who gained just a yard, but got out of bounds, with 1:04 left in the half. Daly
then threw one of his best balls of the game, a nice out to soph WR Justin
Machita to the Friar 25 as Machita got out of bounds. Daly scrambled right, and
tossed the ball out of bounds, but he was called for intentional grounding, as
the pass apparently did not get as far as the line of scrimmage. With second and
20 at the 35, Daly hit Justin Machita for a 4-yard gain in the left flat, and La
Salle called time out with 39 seconds left in the half. On third and 15, Daly
swung a pass to Quiles for 6 yards, and La Salle allowed the clock to march down
to 3 seconds before calling time out. Gandolfo came out to attempt a 42-yard
field goal, with a slight breeze behind his back. He did not need the wind, as
his booming kick was good, and would have been good from another 10 yards out.
Malvern took a slim 21-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Jake Gandolfo's kickoff drove Lonnie White back to the 1, but White found
a lane up the right side and got out to the 40 before being stopped by Tyson
Goldstein. Nicholas Gueriera gained a yard off right tackle with hits by Dillon
Trainer and Kenny O'Kane. O'Kane tackled Gueriera again on a 3-yard bolt up left
tackle. On third and 6, Drew Gunther fired a low pass on a slant pattern while
being rushed hard by Ryan Savage. The punt was muffed by Luke Hardy on the La
Salle 25, and Malvern was in great position to extend their lead. But on play
action, Gunther was sacked by an on-charging Savage for a 7-yard loss. Gunther
connected with Ryan Iacone on an under-screen for 10 yards, with DB Frank Joyce
making the tackle. On third and 7 at the La Salle 22, Gunther, on play action
fired a slant to Iacone for a first down and goal on the La Salle 9. Gunther
then hit the 6'-2" Keith Maguire on an alley-oop pass in the deep right corner
of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown. Sebastian Costantini's extra point was
good, and Malvern extended their lead to 28-17, with 8:52 left in the third
The kickoff sailed out of bounds, and La Salle would start at their own
35. Freshman RB Abdul Carter entered the game, and gained 9 yards on a jet sweep
to the right. Carter then plunged up the middle for a 3-yard gain and a first
down. On a fake jet sweep, QB Sean Daly bootlegged down the left side and gained
12 yards, but La Salle was again flagged for holding. Carter ran a jet sweep to
the right for 3 yards. Daly then went to his big target, WR Kahlil Diarrah, deep
down the right side, but overthrew him. Daly then scrambled to the left, and
arced a pass to Hardy, who caught the ball for a first down at the Malvern 25.
Daly kept the ball up the middle for no gain, and then gained just one yard up
the middle after a fake jet sweep. On third and 9 at the Friar 24, Daly's pass
up the middle was intercepted by Keith Maguire, but Maguire fumbled during his
return, and Jalen De Vose recovered for La Salle for a new first down at the
Malvern 41. Carter gained 6 yards on a jet sweep to the left. Manny Quiles went
up left tackle for 2. On third and 2 at the Malvern 33, Quiles was hit
immediately for a 2-yard loss, as the Malvern line timed the snap well. On
fourth and 4, Daly's deep pass to Hardy on the left side was intercepted by
TyGee Leach, who returned the ball to the Malvern 16.
Keith Maguire gained 5 up the middle, with tackles by Trainer and Brian
Grady. Malvern was then called for a procedure penalty, as they fell victim to
Gunther's double count. Keith Maguire ran up the middle, broke a few tackles,
and gained out to the 28 for a first down before being stopped by Rob Tatum.
Gunther then hit Tyler Tinson on the right side, and Tinson broke a tackle for a
6-yard gain, stopped by TJ Meachum. Keith Maguire tested the middle again, and
Paul Jennings took him down for a 2-yard gain. On third and two at their own 37,
Keith Maguire, with some power, pushed his way to the 44 for a first down, as
the third quarter ended with Malvern on top, 28-17. Gunther's slant pass to
Iacone was tipped and fell incomplete. Gunther tracked down a high snap, and
scrambled, but Carter chased him down for a 2-yard loss. On third and 12 at his
own 42, Gunther tried a bubble screen to White, but Savage made a good tackle
for a 2-yard loss. Costantini's punt was returned by Daly from the 15 to the 28,
and La Salle would need to get something going, trailing by 11 with 10:32 left
in the fourth period.
De Vose swept the left side for 2 yards. Daly threw too short to Diarrah
on a bubble screen. On third and 8, Daly scrambled, and tossed down the right
side to Hardy, who made the catch but was ruled out of bounds. However, Malvern
was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty, and La Salle had new life with a
first down on their own 45. Quiles showed great power up the middle for 10 yards
and another first down. Daly then rolled out the first play of the game, arcing
a bomb to Diarrah down the right side. Diarrah alley-ooped the catch, and got
down to the Malvern 10-yard line for a first and goal. Daly faked a jet sweep
and kept up the middle for 4 yards. Daly scrambled to the right and threw the
ball away while under pressure. On third and goal on the 6, the momentum turned
back to the Friars. Daly scrambled to the left, and tried to find Hardy on a
short toss, but DB James Hayes stepped in and intercepted the ball, falling out
of bounds at his own 7, with 7:45 left in the fourth stanza.
Keith Maguire, now the Friar workhorse, gained 3 up the middle. Gueriera
swept the right side and gained two before being tackled by O'Kane and Joyce. On
third and 5 at their own 12, Gueriera gained a crucial first down with a 6-yard
bolt up the middle, with stops by LB Brendan Frusco and O'Kane. Gueriera gained
12 more off left tackle before being hit down by Tatum and Meachum. Gunther
missed White on an out pattern to the right. Gueriera went off left tackle and
got out to his own 40 before an O'Kane tackle, and another first down. Frusco
stopped Gueriera for no gain off left tackle. Gueriera picked up three off left
tackle before being pulled down by Jordan Headen. On a third and seven draw,
Gueriera gained three up the middle as Carter made the hit. La Salle called time
out, with 3:33 left in the fourth period. Costantini's punt, skipped to the
12-yard line, but Daly couldn't field it cleanly, and DB Kellen Mathias
recovered the ball for the Friars on the 10-yard line for a first and goal,
sealing La Salle's fate.
On play action, Gunther hit White on his favorite pattern, a slant, for a
10-yard touchdown. Costantini's PAT was good, and Malvern now had an
insurmountable lead of 35-17, with 3:16 left in the game.
Quiles returned the kickoff from the 1 to the 16. Daly flared a pass to
Quiles, but Quiles was hit hard and the ball fell incomplete. Daly then threw a
pass that was blocked, and he caught his own pass, but was tackled for a 7-yard
loss. On third and 17, the Explorers were called for a procedure penalty,
sending the ball back to their own 5. De Vose was stopped for no gain up the
middle. Gandolfo's punt rolled dead on the 50-yard line, with 2:09 left.
RB D'Angelo Stocker lost a hard up the middle, with tackles by Trainer
and Savage, as John Boyle entered as quarterback for the Friars. A bad snap to
Boyle was recovered by Savage on the Malvern 40, and La Salle would come out
with freshman quarterback Byron Hopkins at the helm for the last two minutes.
On a fake jet sweep, Hopkins gained two yards up the middle. Soph RB Jalen
Hanton then ran a jet sweep down the left side and went out of bounds on the
Malvern 18 after a 20-yard gain. Hopkins rolled right and went out of bounds
after gaining two yards, with 32 seconds left. Hopkins scrambled, but was hit
for a loss of 9 yards, as the clock wound down. Hopkins, on the last play of the
game, scrambled, set himself, and threw into the end zone, where soph TE Tim
Barrett made a leaping catch for a touchdown from 25 yards out. The extra point
was not attempted, and La Salle lost their third game of the year, 35-23, to the
Friars of Malvern Prep.
NOTES: High-school football features a lot of emotional ups and
downs, and this game was a great example. La Salle had the misfortune of
committing some key turnovers at times when they were regaining the momentum
from the Friars, and the emotional swing was costly. There are some incredibly
gifted underclassmen on the team, and some of them got to show their talents in
this game. It was truly great to see two of La Salle's greats from the past,
Pete Uzelac '74, an All-Catholic end, and Bernie Burke '53, an All-Catholic
fullback and linebacker. Pete went on to play at Temple, and Bernie played at
Dayton. The Explorers will take on the Fords of the Haverford School on
Homecoming Day, Saturday, September 15, at 7 PM, at an old home, Springfield
High School, with a brand new turf field. The Homecoming picnic will be held at
4 PM prior to the game. A subsequent email will provide more details on
Homecoming Day, as well as the Hall of Athletics induction ceremony on Sunday,
September 16 at 1:30 PM. Stay tuned.