Ians­dale Catholic eases past Up­per je­rion

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Gor­don Glantz gglantz@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

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.”

WLWK WKH VLNLnJs SUHWWy much pass­ing in the sec­ond halfI quar­ter­back Car­men cortino was 1O for P0 for 1S0 yardsI with two touch­downs to speedy jichael

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.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / CHRIS­TINE RECKNER

Lans­dale Catholic quar­ter­back Pat Duggan runs with the ball dur­ing Fri­day night’s non-league game at Up­per Me­rion.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Run­ners for Christo­pher Dock, Jenk­in­town, Delco Chris­tian and Church Farm School launch in their cross coun­try meet Tues­day at Christo­pher Dock.

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