Iansdale Catholic eases past Upper jerion
They were two teams on two separate missions criday night.
OneI visiting iansdale Catholic was seeking to continue the momentum from a thrilling season-opening wLn — WKH fiUsW Ln KHDG FRDFK 7RP .LUN’s fiUsW JDPH since taking the reins from legendary coach gim Algeo — against Prep Charter in Ocean CityI N.g.
The otherI host Upper jerionI was out to end a dubious string of O1 consecutive losses.
When the dust settedI it was mission accomplished for the CrusadersI who hung a decisive P8-14 loss on the VLNLnJs.
“It feels greatI” said hirkI who was missing two starting defensive linemen going inI who added his team did not have a good week of practice and that he was “concerned” coming in.
“When you get used to winningI winning starts to take care of itself.”
Though undermanned on the defensive side of the ballI the Crusaders pitched a shutout through three quartersI leading P1-0 heading into a finDO IUDPH EHsHW Ey SHnDOties and sloppy play by both teams.
But the Crusaders had made their statement well before thenI holding Upper jerion tailback eassan GardnerI who had 11S yards last week against PenncrestI to OS yards on 10 carries in WKH fiUsW KDOI.
“That was our game planI” said hirkI who had a balancedI ball-control offense directed by quarterback Pat Duggan to complement the swarming defense. “We knew it was going to be won or lost by our defensive line. WH NnHw (WKH VLNLnJs) wHUH faster than we areI and we couldn’t let them get going.”
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Grant and one interception. GDUGnHU finLVKHG wLWK MuVW 36 yards on 14 totes. Adding in three catches for 32 yards and 23 yards on a pair of kick returns, his all-purpose sum was 91 yards.
While understanding the season is in its infancy, Kirk acknowledged that winning one game by a point (27-26 over Prep Charter) and another with relative ease was important.
“That’s good for us, to win both types of games,” said Kirk, whose team scored all fivH RI LWV WRuFKGRwnV Rn WKH ground.
Ten different Crusaders carried the ball, with Kevin Sabo leading the way with 63 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Three others — Duggan (12 carries, 45 yards), Joe Schmid (7 carries, 42 yards), Mike Iacono (5 carries, 43 yards) and James Ward (8 carries, 40 yards and a nifty 30-yard run) — all had more than 40 yards.
Duggan, did not let a pass hit the ground, completing IRuU SDVVHV, DOO Ln WKH fiUVW half, for 79 yards.
Ward, who opened the second half with a 67-yard kick return to set up Sabo’s second touchdown run, also had a disputed 32-yard catch along the Upper Merion VLGHOLnH Rn WKH fiUVW SODy RI the second quarter to set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Duggan that turned what had been a tight game into a decisive 17-0 stranglehold for the Crusaders with 7:06 left in the half.
LC built its lead slowly, going up 3-0 on Mike EsterOH fiHOG JRDO WR FDS D 40-yDUG drive after stopping Upper Merion on a fourth-and-2 on LWV fiUVW SRVVHVVLRn.
A 32-yard completion from Duggan to Sabo highlighted a 61-yard drive that Sabo capped himself by going in, untouched, on a fourth-and-inches.
Despite the loss, the Vikings were not without some strong individual performances. Grant, who had a 71-yard touchdown catch-and-run called back on what was one of many personal-foul penalties in WKH finDO IUDPH, KDG 108 DOOpurpose yards on six touchHV. DHIHnVLvH OLnHPDn 5DfiT Gladden had an active night, including a half of a sack and a fumble recovery. Jordan Moffett shared a pair of sacks. Connor McGrath had 4 catches for 66 yards and 21-yard touchdown.
Lansdale Catholic quarterback Pat Duggan runs with the ball during Friday night’s non-league game at Upper Merion.
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