Neumann-goretti eases past Mcdevitt
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.
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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.
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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.
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Lower Moreland’s Celena Costa give the ball a boot up field during Tuesday’s game against New Hope.