La Salle de­feats Frank­ford for City crown

The Globe - - LETTERS - By Den­nis C. Way

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

A se­ries of in­juries have held down Jor­dan Meachum for large por­tions of this La Salle High football sea­son.

But Satur­day in the Dis­trict 12/City Cham­pi­onship Class AAAA ti­tle game at North­east High School, with his team­mates down early with a case of “Win-OverSt. - J oseph’s- Prep- Last­Week-itis,” Meachum not only got up, he pulled the Ex­plor­ers along with him.

The sopho­more run­ning back rushed for one score and set up two oth­ers with long runs as La Salle shook off an early funk and sped past Frank­ford, 37-20, giv­ing the Ex­plor­ers their fourth straight city ti­tle.

“It feels real good,” said Meachum, who started in place of the injured Jared Her­rmann. “I didn’t know I was go­ing to get the ball as much as I did, but with Jared hurt (with a rib in­jury), I seemed to have a big­ger role.”

And the Ex­plor­ers needed some­thing to kick them in the pants af­ter the un­der­dog Pi­o­neers got an in­ter­cep­tion from Mar­quise Pos­ton and EHJDn WKHLU fiUVW SRVVHVVLRn at the La Salle 43.

Frank­ford quar­ter­back Tim DiGior­gio (16-for-27, 252 yards) quickly moved Frank­ford inside the Ex­plor­ers 10. But an end zone in­ter­cep­tion by Dad Po­quie ended the early scare.

“That was a huge play right there,” La Salle coach Drew Gor­don said. “In this kind of game, you give (Frank­ford) a jump start and they start think­ing they’re all Tarzans.”

With the early threat averted, Meachum went to work, break­ing off a 72-yard run that led to a Ryan Winslow 27-yDUG fiHOG JRDO, SuWWLnJ La Salle in front to stay with 7:32 left in the open­ing quar­ter.

That didn’t seem to de­ter the Pi­o­neers, how­ever, and keyed by a 26-yard run by Ju­lian San­tos, Frank­ford was soon knock­ing on the Ex­plor­ers’ door again, this time get­ting as far as the La Salle 18.

But fac­ing fourth-and­six from the 20, a hur­ried DiGior­gio threw an in­com­plete pass, and the Ex­plor­ers dodged an­other bul­let.

“I think we were still pumped up about the St. Joe win,” said La Salle line­man 7RP 6SLWHUL, wKR finLVKHG the game with three sacks, “and we hadn’t got­ten it out of our heads.”

“I think we were ex­pect­ing it to be easy, and you just can’t come out slow like that.”

“I don’t know if (the slow start) was re­lated to (last week­end’s win),” added quar­ter­back Chris Kane, “but we didn’t come out like we should have.”

Three plays af­ter the fourth-down stop, Kane found Jimmy Her­ron across the mid­dle, and the sopho­more out­raced ev­ery­one to the end zone to com­plete a 77-yard scor­ing play.

Af­ter stop­ping Frank­ford again, a 37-yard punt re­turn by Sean Cole­man set up the Ex­plor­ers at the Pi­o­neers 15.

Meachum scored from there, and some early fret­ting was quelled via a 16-0 La Salle lead by quar­ter’s end.

“(Frank­ford) plays a very fun­da­men­tal de­fense,” Gor­don said. “It was just a mat­ter of ex­e­cut­ing at that point.”

And ex­e­cute the Ex­plor­ers did.

With the La Salle de­fense tak­ing it up the nec­es­sary notch or two, the Ex­plor­ers WRRN WKHLU finDO 14 VnDSV RI the half in Frank­ford ter­ri­tory.

And they scored on their finDO fivH SRVVHVVLRnV (nRW in­clud­ing the per­func­tory run into the line on the half’s finDO SODy).

Kane found Cole­man for a 26-yard score with 9:03 left in the half, then a wide-open

Jon Naji for strike at 4:35.

A 41- yard run by Meachum set up Nick Buck­ley’s 1- yard scor­ing plunge with 1: 37 left be­fore in­ter­mis­sion, and with a 37- 0 lead, the sec­ond half was played with La Salle’s re­serves and a run­ning clock.

“Jor­dan’s big run early helped,” Kane said. “We started slowly, but once we


28-yard got go­ing we knew we were finH.”

“We had a slow start, but we picked it up,” Meachum said. “And I have to thank my offensive line. I wouldn’t have done any­thing with­out them.”

Meachum, his offensive line and all of the Ex­plor­ers now get next week­end off be­fore re­sum­ing play with the PIAA Class AAAA semi­fi­nals on the week­end of Nov. 30.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / ADRI­ANNA HOFF

La Salle’s Jor­dan Meachum car­ries the ball dur­ing the Ex­plor­ers’ vic­tory over Frank­ford in the Dis­trict 12/City Ti­tle game.

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