Lans­dale Catholic shut down in semis

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Mike Cabrey

There was no way Jim Ha­ley was go­ing to miss this game.

“I would have played with a bro­ken leg if I’d have to,” the Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast se­nior quar­ter­back/safety said.

Ha­ley had to sit out sev­eral Fri­ars’ games this sea­son with a va­ri­ety of in­juries, but un­for­tu­nately for the Lans­dale Catholic football team, KH wDs RQ WKH fiHOG IRr 6DWur­day af­ter­noon’s Philadel­phia Catholic League Class AAA DLvLsLRQ sHPL­fiQDO DW 3OyPouth Whitemarsh.

Ha­ley found the end zone WwLFH RQ ruQs LQ WKH firsW KDOI, then threw for touch­down in the fourth quar­ter as Bon­nerPren­der­gast rolled past the Cru­saders 28-0.

“When he does some of the things he can do — and he’s not even 100 per­cent — but some of the things that he does are pretty darn good,” LC coach Tom Kirk of Ha­ley. “And (he) re­ally presents a prob­lem de­fen­sively.”

Joe DePhillipo had a game-high 111 yards rush­ing and a touch­down on 26 FDr­rLHs, wKLOH HDOHy fiQished with 107 yards on 17 car­ries for Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast, which ad­vances to face Arch­bishop Wood in WKH 3C/ AAA fiQDO IRr WKH sec­ond straight year. Wood de­feated Car­di­nal O’Hara 54-28 LQ WKH RWKHr sHPL­fiQDO 6DWurGDy DW 7ruPDQ.

“It’s un­be­liev­able. To go back to the Catholic League fiQDO, WKDW’s wKDW wH wHrH shoot­ing for,” said Ha­ley, who also had an in­ter­cep­tion in the vic­tory.

Lans­dale Catholic (5-5) — which lost to the Fri­ars (4-5) 28-9 LQ :HHN 6Lx — wDs never able to gen­er­ate any­thing on of­fense the en­tire con­test, col­lect­ing just 66 to­tal yards – 43 rush­ing and 23 pass­ing.

“We just couldn’t get it go­ing to­day,” said Kirk, in his firsW sHDsRQ wLWK /C. “-usW one of those days. We had some op­por­tu­ni­ties early that we just didn’t cap­i­tal­ize on. And they just beat us fair and square to­day.”

Lans­dale Catholic is sched­uled to play Con­well(JDQ RQ 6DWurGDy, EuW LI WKH Ea­gles make the Dis­trict 1/12 Class AA playoffs, 6DWurGDy’s ORss wRuOG Ey the last game for the Cru­saders in 2012. De­spite the dis­ap­point­ing end­ing, the 5-5 mark would be LC’s firsW QRQ-ORsLQJ sHDsRQ sLQFH 2007.

“No mat­ter what our record shows, we played with so much heart,” LC se­nior James Ward said.

Mike Ia­cono paced the Cru­saders on the ground with 23 yards on eight car­ries. Quar­ter­back Pat Duggan was 4-of-12 for 23 yards and was in­ter­cepted twice.

Ha­ley was 4-of-7 pass­ing for 64 yards and a touch­down, while Collin DiGalbo was 2-of-V for 38 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions. Chris­tian 6uPPHrs OHG WKH )rLDrs wLWK four catches for 85 yards.

Hale has been be­fallen with a laun­dry list of ail­ments this year, but the se­nior has been able to take all of them in stride.

“First game of the year I got hurt, sep­a­rated my shoul­der,” he said. “Missed one game, played the West (Catholic) game, played the Ro­man (Catholic) game, got a con­cus­sion, missed two more games. And then sprained my an­kle and missed the Wood game last week.

“It’s been a rough sea­son, but it is what it is.”

Af­ter a score­less open­ing quar­ter, Ha­ley put the Fri­ars up 7-0 early in the sec­ond with his 22-yard touch­down ruQ DW 11:14 WR HQG D sLx­play, 60-yard drive.

“Twenty-eight lead op­tion, and I saw out of the cor­ner of my eye — when I came around — Joe Flop (DePhillipo),” Ha­ley said. “6R, , wDLW up IRr KLP, KH made an awe­some block, awe­some block to get me in there.”

Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast made it 14-0 4:11 be­fore half­time as Ha­ley capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive by cross­ing the goal line on a one-yard run.

In the third quar­ter, DePhillipo in­ter­cepted Duggan and re­turned it 43 yards down to the LC two. One play later, the ju­nior scored to make it 21-0 at 2:2V.

The Fri­ars went up 28-0 at

8:32 in the fourth, as Ha­ley rol­lHG out to finG .ylH Daw­son for a six-yard touchGown to fin­ish a ninH-play, 61 yard drive.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / ADRI­ANNA HOFF

Lans­dale Catholic’s Quar­ter­back Pat Duggan gets ready to throw a pass dur­ing Satur­day’s Philadel­phia Catholic League game against Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast.

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