La Salle routs Ro­man, makes PCL 6A fi­nal.

De­fense, Jones pace Ex­plor­ers; St. Joseph’s Prep awaits in PCL 6A ti­tle matchup

The Review - - Front Page - By Dennis C. Way dway@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

La Salle foot­ball coach John Stein­metz was tired of ex­panded play­books and gad­get de­fenses.

So Fri­day night, when his Ex­plor­ers took on Ro­man Catholic in the semi­fi­nals of the PIAA Dis­trict 12 Class 6A play­offs, the vet­eran coach kept ev­ery­thing ba­sic. His plan worked to per­fec­tion. Us­ing a ba­sic of­fense and a ba­sic de­fense, the Ex­plor­ers­mauled Ro­man Catholic, 45-0, set­ting up a meet­ing with Saint Joseph’s Prep next Fri­day at North­east High for the PCL 6A crown.

Fill­ing in for in­jured quar­ter­back Dan Soleski, Isa­iah Jones ran for 73 yards and passed for an­other 52 as the Ex­plor­ers had their way with the Cahillites’ de­fense, al­though it was the Ex­plor­ers’ de­fense that did a lot of the dam­age.

The Ex­plor­ers did lit­tle on their first two drives of the evening, but the La Salle de­fense created two con­sec­u­tive scor­ing chanceswhen it sacked Ro­man quar­ter­back Jeffrey Grosso, who fum­bled the ball away at the Ro­man 11-yard line.

Two plays later, Joey Burn­ham found the end zone from a yard away and the Ex­plor­ers had a lead

“Our de­fense played well. We stayed in base all night and let our guys just run to the foot­ball. Our of­fen­sive line played re­al­ly­well, too, which­was good to see.” – John Stein­metz, La Salle foot­ball coach

RICK CAW­LEY—FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

La Salle’s Colin Hirschmann blocks Ryan Fla­herty’s punt lead­ing to a touch­down Fri­day night.

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