LC rallies past Cardinal O’hara
James Ward scored the finDO Wwo WouFKGowns Ior Lansdale Catholic on SaturGDy DIWHrnoon, LnFOuGLnJ the game-winner, and he reached the end zone three WLPHs Ln DOO Ior WKH CrusDGHrs in their remarkable comeback victory over Cardinal 2’HDrD.
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With the Lions trying to cling to a slim 28-27 lead HDrOy Ln WKH IourWK TuDrWHr, 2’HDrD TuDrWHrEDFN Dashawn Darden tried to complete a pass down the seam to running back Tarron DunEDr. )or Dn LnsWDnW, DunEDr KDG WKH FDWFK, Ior what would have been a cruFLDO firsW Gown, EuW EHIorH he could get control, Ward rDFHG ovHr IroP KLs IrHH sDIHWy SosLWLon, GHOLvHrHG D jarring tackle, and popped WKH EDOO IrHH.
The Lansdale Catholic crowd erupted, O’Hara punted the ball away, and the rHsW Ls, wHOO, LC KLsWory.
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The Crusaders got the ball back and moved the ball 70 yDrGs Ln 10 SODys Ior WKHLr firsW DnG onOy OHDG oI WKH GDy. 3DW DuJJDn’s 22-yDrG touchdown pass to Ward climaxed a 33-28 LC victory in what will surely be a memorable Philadelphia Catholic League contest at WissaKLFNon HLJK SFKooO.
“We came back so many times today, and that was so PuFK Iun. , OovHG WKDW game,” Ward said with a big smile, still catching his ErHDWK DIWHr WKH CrusDGHrs’ SosW-JDPH FHOHErDWory FKHHr. “3DW DuJJDn wDs on. HH wDs KDvLnJ D JrHDW JDPH DW TuDrterback, hitting his receivers, DnG wH GLG WKH rHsW. 7KH oOLnH GLG D JrHDW MoE. 7oGDy, (Pat) had all the time in the world, and that’s what made WKH GLIIHrHnFH.”
Duggan’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Mike Iacono brought the Crusaders within 28-14 MusW EHIorH KDOIWLPH. Duggan was able to get the EDOO MusW ovHr WKH rHDFK oI GHIHnGHr CKrLs CoOvLn DnG LnWo WKH KDnGs oI ,DFono, wKo WKHn rDFHG Ln Ior WKH sForH.
AIWHr D WKrHH-yDrG WouFKdown run on a toss right by Ward made it 28-21 in the third, Duggan’s accuracy was again on display when KH KLW WDrG Ior D 13-yDrG score that tightened the marJLn Wo 28-27.
The extra-point attempt sDLOHG wLGH OHIW, EuW WKH CrusDGHrs wHnW DKHDG Ior JooG on Ward’s 22-yard catch wLWK 6:38 Wo SODy. 2nH PorH GHIHnsLvH sWoS HnsurHG Dn LC victory, as the CrusadHrs HnGHG D Iour-JDPH OosLnJ sWrHDN DnG finLsKHG WKH regular season 5-4 (1-2 PCL AAA).
“Pat Duggan was phenomenal,” LC coach Tom KLrN sDLG oI KLs 4B, wKo KLW sHvHn GLIIHrHnW rHFHLvHrs Ior 284 yDrGs DnG Iour WouFKGowns. “,W DOO sWDrWs wLWK KLP. HH PDGH soPH WHrrLfiF passes and our kids caught HvHryWKLnJ. WH KDvH D sDyLnJ, ‘EHWWHr WKDn your EHsW.’ And that’s how everybody SODyHG WoGDy.”
It was O’Hara that disSODyHG soPH oIIHnsLvH magic early, as a 23-yard touchdown run by Thaddius SPLWK DnG D SDLr oI 7D SDsses by Darden, including one Ior 89 yDrGs, JDvH WKH LLons (5-4, 1-2) D 21-0 OHDG.
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“,n WKH firsW TuDrWHr, , think we were just shocked with the speed and the talent that they had,” said LC running back and linebackHr KHvLn SDEo. “WH FDOPHG down and we started getWLnJ WKH PoPHnWuP JoLnJ. We went in the locker room (DW KDOIWLPH) DnG MusW sDLG ‘this is our last home game, this is Homecoming, and we need to leave it all out on WKH fiHOG.’ 7KDW’s HxDFWOy wKDW wH GLG.”
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pressure on Darden, and delivered some key hits down fiHOG, LnFOuGLnJ WKH rHVRunGing one by Ward.
“7KDW’V KLV MRE,” .LrN VDLG. “HH’V JRW FHnWHr fiHOG, DnG LI you can’t intercept it, let’s make sure they can’t catch it. That was a really good play Ey KLP.”
LC, which will most likely face Archbishop Wood week, now waits for the PCL Playoff matchups to be set.