Lansdale Catholic shut down in semis
There was no way Jim Haley was going to miss this game.
“I would have played with a broken leg if I’d have to,” the Bonner-Prendergast senior quarterback/safety said.
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“When he does some of the things he can do — and he’s not even 100 percent — but some of the things that he does are pretty darn good,” LC coach Tom Kirk of Haley. “And (he) really presents a problem defensively.”
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“No matter what our record shows, we played with so much heart,” LC senior James Ward said.
Mike Iacono paced the Crusaders on the ground with 23 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Pat Duggan was 4-of-12 for 23 yards and was intercepted twice.
Haley was 4-of-7 passing for 64 yards and a touchdown, while Collin DiGalbo was 2-of-V for 38 yards and two interceptions. Christian 6uPPHrs OHG WKH )rLDrs wLWK four catches for 85 yards.
Hale has been befallen with a laundry list of ailments this year, but the senior has been able to take all of them in stride.
“First game of the year I got hurt, separated my shoulder,” he said. “Missed one game, played the West (Catholic) game, played the Roman (Catholic) game, got a concussion, missed two more games. And then sprained my ankle and missed the Wood game last week.
“It’s been a rough season, but it is what it is.”
After a scoreless opening quarter, Haley put the Friars up 7-0 early in the second with his 22-yard touchdown ruQ DW 11:14 WR HQG D sLxplay, 60-yard drive.
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Bonner-Prendergast made it 14-0 4:11 before halftime as Haley capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive by crossing the goal line on a one-yard run.
In the third quarter, DePhillipo intercepted Duggan and returned it 43 yards down to the LC two. One play later, the junior scored to make it 21-0 at 2:2V.
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Lansdale Catholic’s Quarterback Pat Duggan gets ready to throw a pass during Saturday’s Philadelphia Catholic League game against Bonner-Prendergast.