De­ci­sion to go for two pays off for Fri­ars in win over Car­roll

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Todd Oro­denker For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

UP­PER DARBY >> Mon­signor Bon­ner & Arch­bishop Prendergast was an ex­tra point away from ty­ing the game, but the de­ci­sion had al­ready been made. Dur­ing the de­ci­sive drive, Fri­ars coach Jack Mul­doon knew what he was do­ing. He just didn’t know how he was go­ing to do it.

So he called a timeout to dis­cuss the mat­ter. The plan was sim­ple. Let the best ath­letes touch the ball and show Arch­bishop Car­roll some­thing it hadn’t seen be­fore. Mo­ments later, the Fri­ars cel­e­brated their first league win of the sea­son in a wildly en­ter­tain­ing 21-20 Catholic League Blue vic­tory Fri­day night.

The win­ning two-point con­ver­sion was a trick play. Quar­ter­back Kyle Lazer tossed it to wide out Ian Ed­wards, who lobbed it up to tight end James Welde. Taller than any­one on the field, and a skilled bas­ket­ball player, too, Welde out jumped his de­fender near the back of the end zone. Pan­de­mo­nium in Up­per Darby.

“We had that play, we just hadn’t run it yet (in a game),” Mul­doon said. “We were think­ing about fak­ing the ex­tra point, but I said ‘Let’s put the ball in the hands of guys who can make a play.’”

The play capped off a fu­ri­ous Fri­ars come­back. They were down 20-7 late in the third quar­ter. Lazer, fi­nally al­lowed to throw, cut into the lead with a 15yard

scor­ing pass to Welde early in the fourth quar­ter. Af­ter a Car­roll (3-4,

1-4) punt, Nasim Cooper did a bulk of the work and capped the drive with a 13yard run. It was 20-19. The de­ci­sion was of what to do next was easy.

Car­roll had three min­utes, 10 se­conds to an­swer. All on the ground, it got in­side the Bon­ner & Prendergast 15 yard line with un­der a minute to go. A cu­ri­ous third down run was stuffed for a loss. The ball was at the 20 yard line. It was 4th-and-11. Car­roll coach Kyle Detweiler knew his kicker, Ju­liano Mas­tro­cola, was com­fort­able from that dis­tance. He sent out the field goal unit.

Mas­tro­cola’s kick hit the cross­bar.

“There is so much emo­tion go­ing through them right now, they are so, so up­set,” Detweiler said. “As I am. I told them — take this feel­ing you feel right now, carry it off the field with you, take it home over the week­end and come back ready be­cause we gotta get ready for Lans­dale Catholic next week.”

The clank set off a fu­ri­ous Bon­ner & Prendergast cel­e­bra­tion. It had suf­fered de­feats both em­bar­rass­ing and de­bil­i­tat­ing. Fri­day, it earned a hard-fought vic­tory. Now 3-6 over­all and 1-4 in the league, four weeks of frus­tra­tion and dis­ap­point­ment were dis­missed.

“Af­ter we saw we were all able to stick to­gether, we feel like we can stick with any­one, any­one if we’re all to­gether” Lazer said. “Go­ing into O’Hara next week, we still have to pre­pare and ev­ery­thing, this helps a lot.”

Bon­ner & Prendergast took an early 7-0 lead on Cooper’s 12-yard run. Its next two drives stalled in­side the 10 yard line. Car­roll hung tough and tied the game on Rus­sel Mi­norShaw’s 15-yard pass to Billy Cop­pock late in the sec­ond quar­ter. In the third quar­ter, it took ad­van­tage of two dif­fer­ent fum­bles to earn that two-pos­ses­sion lead.

Jalil War­ren cashed in the first with a four-yard run. Mi­nor-Shaw hit Ko­ran But­ler from 26 yards out for the sec­ond. Af­ter that score, it seemed like this was go­ing to be the same old story for Bon­ner & Prendergast.

But some­thing changed amid that 13-point deficit. The Fri­ars grew up al­most in­stan­ta­neously. Lazer was adamant.

“Never thought we were out of this game,” he said.

Per­haps the sopho­more quar­ter­back made them be­lieve.

“It’s kind of what I’ve been look­ing for, the grit, if we were go­ing to tough it out, if we weren’t go­ing to let them walk up the field on us,” Mul­doon said. “We talked about poise, play­ing with pose, from the coaches all the way to our play­ers. I think that’s what hap­pened, we played with some poise and they’re start­ing to be­lieve they’re good enough.”

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