Ryan hands LC fourth straight loss
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 lead on the opening drive of the Philadelphia Catholic League non-division contest, but it was all Raiders after that. Archbishop Ryan scored the next 34 points to rolling past LC 34-7 at George Washington High School’s Mickey Young Memorial Stadium.
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Lansdale Catholic (4-4, 0-2 PCL Class AAA) turned the ball over four times — all on interceptions — with Ryan (5-3, 1-2 PCL Class AAAA) converting the miscues into 13 points. Meanwhile, Raiders quarterback Mark Ostaszewski threw three touchdowns passes to three different receivers and also scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak in the second quarter.
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Jeremiah Agrio paced the Raiders with 96 yards on 14 carries, while Joe Dutkiewicz had 16 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown.
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Iacono led the Crusaders with 96 yards and a score on 10 carries. nuarterback Pat Duggan had 36 yards on nine carries and was 5-of-12 passing for 52 yards and was picked off three times.
Lansdale Catholic looks to end its four-game skid and DOVR HDUQ LWV fiUVW 3CL AAA win of the season 1 p.m. Saturday when LC hosts Cardinal O’Hara.
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21-7 lead after Romano’s interception of Duggan set the Raiders up at the LC 18 at 1:57 in the second quarter. Five plays later, Ostaszewski plowed over the goal line on a one-yard quarterback keeper with 10 seconds left.
Ryan’s advantage became 28-7 just 1:43 into the third, as Ostaszewski hit Romano for a 60-yard touchdown pass.
“We were keying on 28 (Agrio) and trying to stop the run, mostly. And then we had to prevent the big plays on thr pass and that’s what we’re struggling with,” Iacono said.
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