Crusaders drop fourth straight
The Lansdale Catholic football team was handed its fourth straight loss Saturday afternoon. But it was the way the Crusaders went down against Archbishop Ryan that concerned coach Tom Kirk.
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Lansdale Catholic took a 7-0 Oead Rn WKe RSenLng dULYe of the Philadelphia Catholic League non-division conWeVW, EuW LW ZaV aOO 5aLdeUV after that. Archbishop Ryan scored the next 34 points to rolling past LC 34-7 at GeRUge :aVKLngWRn HLgK School’s Mickey voung Memorial Stadium.
“We took a major step EaFN WRday,” VaLd .LUN, Ln KLV fiUVW VeaVRn ZLWK WKe CUuVadeUV. “6R, I WKLnN WKaW WKLV coming week is going to tell a lot about our team. I truly dRn’W ORRN aW VWaUWLng RuW 4-0 and losing a few in a row. It UeaOOy LV ZeeN-Ey-ZeeN, and we took a big step back today.”
LanVdaOe CaWKROLF (4-4, 0-2 3CL COaVV AAA) WuUned the ball over four times — all on interceptions — with 5yan (5-3, 1-2 3CL COaVV AAAA) converting the miscues into 13 points. MeanZKLOe, 5aLdeUV TuaUWeUEaFN Mark lstaszewski threw three touchdowns passes to three different receivers and also scored on a one-yard TuaUWeUEaFN VneaN Ln WKe VeFRnd TuaUWeU.
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Iacono got the Crusaders RII WR a gRRd VWaUW, EUeaNLng RII a 42-yaUd Uun Rn WKe fiUVW snap of the game. Four plays OaWeU, Ke Uan LnWR WKe end zRne IURP 18 yaUdV RuW, SuWWLng LC aKead 7-0 aW 10:00 Ln WKe fiUVW TuaUWeU.
“I got the pitch and there ZaV EORFNeUV Rn Py LnVLde, WKey VeaOed WKeP Ln,” IaFRnR VaLd. “6R, I MuVW WRRN Py Oane and I EURNe LW.”
5yan, KRZeYeU, SuOOed eYen aW 5:07 ZKen OVWaVzewski connected with ConnRU GROden IRU a 29-yaUd touchdown. And with just 31 VeFRndV OeIW Ln WKe TuaUWeU, lstaszewski put the Raiders uS 14-7 Ey findLng an RSen Travon Williams for a 36yard score.
“I think this is really going to be a gut check for our team because we got outplayed in every aspect of the gaPe,” .LUN VaLd. “I ZLVK I could say we did something ZeOO WRday, EuW Ze dLdn’W.”
OVWaVzeZVNL finLVKed 7-RI-10 IRU 169 yaUdV, WKUee touchdowns and an interception. Bobby Romano Kad IRuU FaWFKeV IRU 82 yards and a score as Archbishop Ryan won its second straight.
-eUePLaK AgULR SaFed WKe Raiders with 96 yards on 14 FaUULeV, ZKLOe -Re DuWNLewicz had 16 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown.
“Ryan’s a very good team. They’re not one-dimensionaO,” .LUN VaLd. “7Key KaYe a WeUULfiF UunnLng gaPe, WKey obviously showed today that they can throw the ball as well. They just beat us up WRday.”
Iacono led the Crusaders with 96 yards and a score Rn 10 FaUULeV. 4uaUWeUEaFN 3aW Duggan Kad 36 yaUdV Rn nLne FaUULeV and ZaV 5-RI-12 SaVVLng IRU 52 yaUdV and ZaV picked off three times.
Lansdale Catholic looks to end its four-game skid and aOVR eaUn LWV fiUVW 3CL AAA win of the season 1 p.m. Saturday when LC hosts CardinaO O’HaUa.
“We’ve just got to foFuV Rn O’HaUa nRZ, IRUgeW aERuW WKe ORVVeV,” IaFRnR said. “We’ve got to come out with a strong intensity next ZeeN.”
Archbishop Ryan took a 21-7 Oead aIWeU 5RPanR’V LnWeUFeSWLRn RI Duggan VeW the Raiders up at the LC 18 aW 1:57 Ln WKe VeFRnd TuaUWeU. )LYe SOayV OaWeU, OVWaVzeZVki plowed over the goal line Rn a Rne-yaUd TuaUWeUEaFN NeeSeU ZLWK 10 VeFRndV OeIW.
Ryan’s advantage became 28-7 MuVW 1:43 LnWR WKe WKLUd, as lstaszewski hit Romano IRU a 60-yaUd WRuFKdRZn pass.
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The Raiders made it 34-7 at 7:36 in the fourth after anRWKeU Duggan LnWeUFeSWLRn, aV -LP ManVfieOd ended a WKUee-SOay, 10-yaUd dULYe with his one-yard touchdown run.
IW ZaV a VOLSSeUy, Puddy path to conference glory for the Central Bucks West cross country teams and for Pennridge standout Marissa 6KeYa Rn )ULday, EuW WKey still all made their way just fine.
The Bucks were tops in both the Continental guys and girls race and Sheva enMRyed KeU fiUVW FRnIeUenFe title as the Suburban lne Championships were held on a wet day on the course at Lehigh University.
“It added a little someWKLng WR LW,” 6KeYa VaLd RI WKe ZeaWKeU, OaugKLng a ELW and enjoying a little rest as the junior varsity race got undeU Zay. “7Ke fiUVW PLOe ZaV NLnd RI VORZ aFWuaOOy, and the second mile always feels awful. But I felt good Ln WKe WKLUd PLOe, and FRPLng LnWR WKe finaO VWUeWFK LW IeOW fine. 7KanNIuOOy, I ZaV Ln WKe VeFRnd UaFe, VR WKe (FRuUVe) wasn’t as bad. It looks a lot worse now. (Winning the title) feels good — it gives me PRUe FRnfidenFe gRLng LnWR dLVWULFWV nexW ZeeN, and I KRSe WR SuOO LW RuW WKeUe WRR.”
The only runners to top Sheva at the conference race last year were eventual state FKaPS MegKan MFGRYeUn and WeaPPaWe 7RUL GeUOaFK RI WKe 5aPV, WKe WZR-WLPe VWaWe FKaPS Ln WKe 3,200.
On )ULday, 6KeYa WRRN RYeU WKe WKURne, aV WKe VRSKomore crossed the line with a winning time of 18 minuWeV, 33 VeFRndV, WRSSLng second-place Maddie VilOaOEa, a IaVW IUeVKPan IURP Central Bucks West who ran an impressive 18:58.
9LOOaOEa Kad a guWVy finLVK to beat out CB South’s KaiWOLn 3RLeVz (19:00) IRU WKe runner-up spot.
“I’P UeaOOy SURud RI KeU, WR be able to lead all the rest of WKe YaUVLWy gLUOV,” FRaFK .LNL Bell said. “They’re all tough. They’re a tough group. They OLNe eaFK RWKeU, and WKaW helps. They feel great and they looked great. They looked relaxed and strong. I’P SURud RI WKeP.”
7Ke BuFNV SOaFed fiYe UunneUV Ln WKe WRS 10 and VeYen Ln WKe WRS 20 WR ZLn WKe UaFe ZLWK 30 SRLnWV and ZUaS uS the conference title for the VeaVRn. 1RUWK 3enn, Oed Ey IRuUWK-SOaFe AOL 9aOenWL, ZaV second in the race with 56 points.
CB West was victorious on WKe ERyV VLde aV ZeOO, WKanNV to a strong pack of runners that have really come on.
“To win the day is a speFLaO WKLng,” BuFNV FRaFK GUeg :eWzeO VaLd. “:e ZeUe KRSLng WR Ee Ln WKe PLx, and WKe NLdV Uan SUeWWy ZeOO, eVpecially up front. We have an outside chance of makLng VWaWeV (nexW )ULday), and ZLWK WKe Zay WKey Uan WRday, I do think we have a legitiPaWe VKRW.”
Led by Chris Berry (IRuUWK, 16:39), WKe BuFNV gRW VLx UunneUV Ln WKe WRS 28 for all-conference honors and finLVKed ZLWK 80 SRLnWV. CB (aVW, ZKLFK ZRn WKe FRnIeUenFe WLWOe IRU WKe VeaVRn, took second in the race with 82 SRLnWV, IROORZed FORVeOy by Pennridge (85) and North Penn (87). The Knights were undefeated in the dual meet season but were nipped by bast for the conference season title by two points.
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working. “We’ve been really good as a pack and working together to move up in the fiHOG WRgHWKHU,” VDLG A.-. 0RUgDQ, wKR WRRk QLQWK LQ 16:57 WR KHOS WHVW fiQLVK third overall for the season. “I WKLQk WKRVH HIIRUWV fiQDOOy SDLG RII WRGDy.”
West will try to continue its magic on the Lehigh course at the District lne Championships on Friday.
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North Penn’s Emily Dunigan looks to take a shot during Eastern Conference tournament action on Saturday.