LC’S of­fense sput­ters against Bon­ner

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nal­reg­is­ to

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

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