LC’S offense sputters against Bonner
The Lansdale Catholic defense came up with three IRuUWK-GRwn sWDnGs Ln WKH fiUsW half on SaturdayI but it was the Monsignor Bonner defense that produced the game’s biggest play just before halftime.
With just four seconds remainingI LC was ahead P-M and looking to connect on a deep pass down the left sideline. Mike Ockimey intercepted Pat Duggan’s throw in the secondaryI found some running roomI and cut toward the opposite sideline.
With the cheers from the Bonner crowd intensifyingI Ockimey got a key block and was on his way to the end zoneI putting the criars ahead S-P on the 8R-yard return.
“I just got excitedI” Ockimey said. “I saw the ball go up in the airI I went and got itI and took it to the house.”
“It gave us a ton of momentum going into the locker roomI” criars coach Greg Bernhardt said of the play. “It was a phenomenal play by Mike and some kids made some key blocks. It was a big-time play.”
In the second halfI the criars returned another turnover for a score — this time on special teams — and Ockimey continued to stand out on defense as well as offense to lead Bonner to a O8-9 victory in the Philadelphia Catholic League Class AAA opener for both teams.
The criars were able to get the win despite missing their starting quarterbackI Jim Haley. Colin DiGalbo was under center for Bonner and led a pair of scoring drives in the second half.
“Colin was very good todayI” said Ockimey EWR/ DB). “He showed he had an arm. It was good that he got to step up today.”
On a third-and-goal from the 1MI DiGalbo connected with Ockimey for the touchdown to put Bonner ahead for goodI 1P9I with 1M:OM to play.
“It’s a different ballgame when our leader EJim Haley) isn’t in thereI but I thought Colin played wellI” Bernhardt said. “He was a little shaky at the startI but he came on. The drive where we went aheadI there were some big-time throws that he made.”
On a second-and-1RI DiGalbo hit Christian Summers for a gain of 1S. LaterI on a second-and-PMI the sophomore found Ockimey for a gain of OM and then on third-and-1M hit Mario Saintcleur for 1T more yards.
ThenI DiGalbo’s most impressive throw came on fourth-and-1O at the LC 44. Just as he was hit by an onrushing linemanI DiGalbo used his size and strength to remain upright and deliver a perfect strike to Ockimey to keep the drive alive.
“I’m proud of their effort and glad they were able to gut it outI” Bernhardt said of his team.
Ockimey intercepted Duggan on the Crusaders’ next seriesI and then when Bonner’s ensuing possession ended with a puntI Mike Shanahan recovered a fumble by LC return man James Ward and raced away to a PO-yard return and a 19-9 Bonner lead. Ockimey caught the two-point conversion pass from DiGalbo to extend the margin to O1-9 with S:PT to play.
A two-yard touchdown run by DiGalbo capped the scoring with less than a minute left.
The Crusaders defense dominated earlyI as Bonner EO-PI 1-M PCL) was stopped on fourth down three separate times and forced to punt on another series. But even when LC forced a takeaway at the criars’ 1RI the Crusaders were only able to come away with Mike bsterle’s PP-yard fiHOG JRDO, wKLFK fluWWHUHG just inside the upright to give the Crusaders a P-M lead on a blustery day at rpper Darby Memorial cield.
“We just have take advantage of opportunities on the offensive sideI” LC coach Tom hirk said. “We’re just not doing that. 7KH GHIHnsH SODyHG WHUULfiF again todayI but we’re just not scoring enough points.”
The Crusaders E4-OI M-1 PCL) did regain the lead on a fiYH-yDUG Uun Ey .HYLn 6DER midway through the thirdI making it 9-SI but the criars went ahead for good on Ockimey’s 1M-yard touchdown reception early in the fourthI his second score of the day along with the long return he KDG WR FDS WKH fiUsW KDOI.
“vou’ve got to play every playI” hirk said of the interception and score. “CertainlyI you don’t think something like that is going to happen. vou just have to play every play because you don’t know what’s going to happen. That Eplay) was disappointingI but you’ve got to move on from it.” Lansdale Catholic Bonner-Prendergast Scoring LC-Mike Esterle 33 field goal, 1:10 BP-Mike Ockimey 85 interception return (kick blocked), :00 LC-Kevin Sabo 5 run (kick blocked), 7:10 BP-Ockimey 10 pass from Colin DiGalbo (Bliss Harris kick), 10:20 BP-Mike Shanahan 32 fumble (Ockimey pass from DiGalbo), 6:37 BP-DiGalbo 2 run (Harris kick), :55 LC BP
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return First Downs Rushing yards Passing yards Total yards Passing Fumbles lost Turnovers Punts Penalties RUSHING Lansdale Catholic: James Ward 5-52; Kevin Sabo 5-9, TD; Joe Schmidt 3-(-1); Joe Pinzka 4-10; Pat Duggan 11-8 Bonner- Prendergast: Joe DePhillipo 24-86; Mike Shanahan 3-9; Christian Summers 2-16; Colin DiGalbo 5-(-3), TD PASSING Lansdale Catholic: Duggan 8-17-76-0-2; Pinzka 1-1-39-0-0 Bonner-Prendergast: DiGalbo 11-25-196-1-0 RECEIVING Lansdale Catholic: Sabo 2-38; Zach Talley 2-13; Schmidt 3-17; Pinzka 1-8; Ward 1-39 Bonner-Prendergast: Shanahan 1-24; Mario Saint-Fleur 2-27; Summers 4-73; Ockimey 3-49, TD; DePhillipo 1-23