Ryan hands LC fourth straight loss

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By Mike Cabrey

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.

“Up un­til now, we fought in ev­ery game. We stopped fiJKWLQJ WRGDy,” KH VDLG.

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.

“We took a ma­jor step bDFN WRGDy,” VDLG .LUN, LQ KLV fiUVW VHDVRQ wLWK WKH CUu­saders. “So, I think that this com­ing week is go­ing to tell a lot about our team. I truly don’t look at start­ing out 4-0 and los­ing a few in a row. It re­ally is week-by-week, and we took a big step back toGDy.”

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.

“We just had break­downs, we weren’t able to make plays that we should’ve PDGH,” LC MuQLRU 0LNH ,DFRno said. “I mean, it could’ve came out bet­ter, we just had VRPH bUHDNGRwQV.”

Ia­cono got the Cru­saders off to a good start, break­ing RII D 42-yDUG UuQ RQ WKH fiUVW snap of the game. Four plays later, he ran into the end zone from 18 yards out, putting LC ahead 7-0 at 10:00 LQ WKH fiUVW TuDUWHU.

“I got the pitch and there was block­ers on my inside, WKHy VHDOHG WKHP LQ,” ,DFRQR said. “So, I just took my lane DQG , bURNH LW.”

Ryan, how­ever, pulled even at 5:07 when Os­taszewski con­nected with Con­nor Golden for a 29-yard touch­down. And with just 31 sec­onds left in the quar­ter, Os­taszewski put the Raiders uS 14-7 by fiQGLQJ DQ RSHQ Travon Wil­liams for a 36- yard score.

“I think this is re­ally go­ing to be a gut check for our team be­cause we got out­played in ev­ery as­pect of the JDPH,” .LUN VDLG. “, wLVK , could say we did some­thing wHOO WRGDy, buW wH GLGQ’W.”

2VWDVzHwVNL fiQLVKHG 7-of-10 for 169 yards, three touch­downs and an in­ter­cep­tion. Bobby Ro­mano had four catches for 82 yards and a score as Arch­bishop Ryan won its sec­ond straight.

Jeremiah Agrio paced the Raiders with 96 yards on 14 car­ries, while Joe Dutkiewicz had 16 car­ries for 91 yards and a touch­down.

“Ryan’s a very good team. They’re not one-di­men­sionDO,” .LUN VDLG. “7KHy KDYH D WHUUL­fiF UuQQLQJ JDPH, WKHy ob­vi­ously showed to­day that they can throw the ball as well. They just beat us up WRGDy.”

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.

“We’ve just got to fo­cus on O’Hara now, for­get DbRuW WKH ORVVHV,” ,DFRQR said. “We’ve got to come out with a strong in­ten­sity next wHHN.”

Arch­bishop Ryan took a

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.

The Raiders made it 34-7 at 7:36 in the fourth af­ter an­other Duggan in­ter­cepWLRQ, DV -LP 0DQV­fiHOG HQGHG a three-play, 10-yard drive with his one-yard touch­down run.

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