Neu­mann-goretti eases past Mcde­vitt

Times Chronicle - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

The last few weeks haven’t been very easy on Bishop McDe­vitt’s football team, which has been over­matched for the most part in what has be­come a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for Coach Pat Manzi and his team. And while go­ing against a fast Neu­mann-Goretti team, things didn’t get any eas­ier for the Royal Lancers.

The Lancers dug them­selves a huge hole, al­low­ing the Saints to score three fiUVW-TuDUWHU WRuFhGRwQV HQ route to a 25-14 win over McDe­vitt in a Philadel­phia Catholic Class AA game on a cold night at Chel­tenham High School’s Alumni Field.

Goretti (4-3, 1-1) jumped out to an 18-0 lead af­ter only 12 min­utes and while McDe­vitt’s de­fense set­tled in and came up big in the sec­ond hDOI, WhH GH­fiFLW wDV WRR PuFh for the Lancers to over­come.

“The sec­ond half made the game a lot bet­ter,” Manzi said, “but we dug our­selves too big RI D hROH LQ WhH fiUVW hDOI DQG we had a cou­ple more chances, but we just couldn’t get it done. Some­times, it’s just D FRQ­fiGHQFH IDFWRU DQG LW’V been tough some­times lately. We don’t get off to good starts and that’s what hap­pened to­day. We bat­tled back, but it was too late.”

The Lancers (1-6, 0-2) man­aged to bat­tle back and make the game re­spectable with two sec­ond-half touch­downs.

7hH fiUVW 0FDHvLWW VFRUH came when se­nior cap­tain Tymere Wilder, who was forced to step into the quar­ter­back role af­ter se­nior Chris­tian Con­nor sus­tained a con­cus­sion in last week’s game, scam­pered 35 yards into the end zone to get the Lancers on the board in the third quar­ter.

Se­nior tail­back Ger­ald Fuller helped McDe­vitt to the cut Goretti’s lead to only 12 points in the fourth quar­ter when he ran in a 12-yard touch­down for the Lancers.

“We had some op­por­tu­ni­ties be­sides when we scored, but we just didn’t get it done,” Manzi said. “It’s hard when you give uS VR PuFh LQ WhH fiUVW TuDUWHU. ,W made it tough on us, but it was good that we came back a lit­tle in the sec­ond half.”

Manzi was happy with what he saw from Wilder, who had not thrown a pass this sea­son and only had eight car­ries on the year be­fore Satur­day’s game.

“We didn’t have our quar­ter­back,” Manzi said. “Tymere was forced to make a lot of ad­just­ments and he did a good job for us in only a week’s time. I give him a lot of credit. We were work­ing hard this week and get­ting him ready on short notice to play QB. Chris­tian’s in­jury isn’t se­ri­ous, but he cer­tainly had to miss a game and he’ll be reeval­u­ated this week to see if he can play.”

Wilder, who splits time at tail­back and wide re­ceiver, scored his sixth touch­down of the sea­son – his third on the ground. Fuller’s score wDV hLV fiIWh UuVhLQJ WRuFh­down of the year.

While Manzi isn’t so quick to call this a “re­build­ing”sea­son, he does be­lieve that his team has a huJH FRQ­fiGHQFH SUREOHP DQG hRSHV WhDW LW FDQ EH fixHG mov­ing for­ward, start­ing with a matchup next Satur­day against Con­well-Egan.

“I’m not re­ally sure what a re­build­ing year means, but we DUH GH­fiQLWHOy VWUuJJOLQJ ULJhW now a bit,” Manzi said. “Right now, we’re not play­ing with a ORW RI FRQ­fiGHQFH, VR hRSHIuOOy we go out and play bet­ter next week. We’ll just have to wait and see how they do.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Lower More­land’s Ce­lena Costa give the ball a boot up field dur­ing Tues­day’s game against New Hope.

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