LC’S of­fense sput­ters against Bon­ner

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By Kev Hunter

The Lans­dale Catholic de­fense came up with three IRuUWK-GRwn sWDnGs Ln WKH fiUsW half on Satur­day, but it was the Mon­signor Bon­ner de­fense that pro­duced the game’s big­gest play just be­fore half­time.

With just four sec­onds re­main­ing, LC was ahead 3-0 and look­ing to con­nect on a deep pass down the left side­line. Mike Ockimey in­ter­cepted Pat Duggan’s throw in the sec­ondary, found some run­ning room, and cut to­ward the op­po­site side­line.

With the cheers from the Bon­ner crowd in­ten­si­fy­ing, Ockimey got a key block and was on his way to the end zone, putting the Fri­ars ahead 6-3 on the 85-yard re­turn.

“I just got ex­cited,” Ockimey said. “I saw the ball go up in the air, I went and got it, and took it to the house.”

“It gave us a ton of mo­men­tum go­ing into the locker room,” Fri­ars coach dreg 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 half, the Fri­ars 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 28-9 vic­tory in the Philadel­phia Catholic League Class AAA opener for both teams.

The Fri­ars were able to get the win de­spite miss­ing their start­ing quar­ter­back, Jim Ha­ley. Colin Di­dalbo was un­der cen­ter for Bon­ner and led a pair of scor­ing drives in the sec­ond half.

“Colin was very good to­day,” said Ockimey EWRL DB). “He showed he had an arm. It was good that he got to step up to­day.”

On a third-and-goal from the 10, Di­dalbo con­nected with Ockimey for the touch­down to put Bon­ner ahead for good, 139, with 10:20 to play.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent ball­game when our leader EJim Ha­ley) isn’t in there, but I thought Colin played well,” Bern­hardt said. “He was a lit­tle shaky at the start, but he came on. The drive where we went ahead, there were some big-time throws that he made.”

On a sec­ond-and-15, Di­dalbo hit Chris­tian Sum­mers for a gain of 16. Later, on a sec­ond-and-30, the sopho­more found Ockimey for a gain of 20 and then on third-and-10 hit Mario Sain­tFleur for 17 more yards.

Then, Di­dalbo’s most im­pres­sive throw came on fourth-and-12 at the LC 44. Just as he was hit by an on­rush­ing line­man, Di­dalbo 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 out,” Bern­hardt said of his team.

Ockimey in­ter­cepted Duggan on the Cru­saders’ next se­ries, and then when Bon­ner’s en­su­ing pos­ses­sion ended with a punt, Mike Shana­han re­cov­ered a fum­ble by LC re­turn man James Ward and raced away to a 32-yard re­turn and a 19-9 Bon­ner lead. Ockimey caught the two-point con­ver­sion pass from Di­dalbo to ex­tend the mar­gin to 21-9 with 6:37 to play.

A two-yard touch­down run by Di­dalbo capped the scor­ing with less than a minute left.

The Cru­saders de­fense dom­i­nated early, as Bon­ner E2-3, 1-0 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 Fri­ars’ 15, the Cru­saders were only able to come away with Mike Esterle’s 33-yard fiHOG JRDO, wKLFK fluWWHUHG just inside the up­right to give the Cru­saders a 3-0 lead on a blus­tery day at Up­per Darby Memo­rial Field.

“We just have to take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties on the offensive side,” LC coach Tom Kirk said. “We’re just not do­ing that. 7KH GHIHnsH SODyHG WHUUL­fiF again to­day, but we’re just not scor­ing enough points.”

The Cru­saders E4-2, 0-1 PCL) did re­gain the lead on a fiYH-yDUG Uun Ey .HYLn 6DER mid­way through the third, mak­ing it 9-6, but the Fri­ars went ahead for good on Ockimey’s 10-yard touch­down re­cep­tion early in the fourth, his sec­ond score of the day along with the long re­turn he KDG WR FDS WKH fiUsW KDOI.

“vou’ve got to play ev­ery play,” Kirk said of the in­ter­cep­tion and score. “Cer­tainly, 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 dis­ap­point­ing, but you’ve got to move on from it.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Lans­dale Catholic’s James Ward is brought down by Bon­ner de­fender Michael Ro­man dur­ing Satur­day’s Philadel­phia Catholic League ac­tion.

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