La Salle can’t be Judged

Ex­plor­ers too much for Fa­ther Judge

The Review - - SPORTS - By Alex Wahl

In an ex­tremely wet PCL semi­fi­nal, the La Salle Col­lege High School Ex­plor­ers cruised to a 49-22 vic­tory over Fa­ther Judge High School at Ply­mouth Meet­ing High School last Fri­day night de­spite poor weather con­di­tions.

The Ex­plor­ers got three quick touch­downs on its first three pos­ses­sions of the game.

La Salle Col­lege got on the board quickly on a drive that ended with a sev­en­yard run from Liam Tat­long­hari to gain a 7-0 lead.

Fa­ther Judge later dropped two con­sec­u­tive kick­offs thanks to the heavy rain with La Salle Col­lege re­cov­er­ing both fum­bles.

The Ex­plor­ers took ad­van­tage of the two turnovers with two touch­downs in­clud­ing a 30-yard run from Sa­muel Brown and a one-yard run from Tat­long­hari to go up 21-0 af­ter the first quar­ter.

“I feel like we did very well as a team,” said Brown. “Hope­fully we can build from this big win next week in the semi­fi­nals.

“We just have to keep prac­tic­ing hard next week and have the right mind­set for the next game.”

Fa­ther Judge was able to cut the lead in half by outscor­ing the Ex­plor­ers 14-7 in the sec­ond quar­ter to hold the score to 28-14 at half­time.

How­ever, the Ex­plor­ers got two touch­downs in the third quar­ter to seal the win, in­clud­ing a 40yard run from Brown and a five-yard run from Ab­dul Carter.

Over­all, it was a to­tal run­ning game for the Ex­plor­ers as the team to­taled 376 rush­ing yards, which was 154 yards more than Fa­ther Judge’s en­tire of­fense (222 yards).

La Salle Col­lege High School head coach John Stein­metz was thrilled with his team’s per­for­mance in a tough play­off at­mos­phere.

“The weather ob­vi­ously had a big im­pact on Fa­ther Judge,” said Stein­metz. “They’re quar­ter­back is fan­tas­tic and he was hard to stop.

“The game plan for us was to con­trol our en­ergy and con­trol our ef­fort. We didn’t worry about the weather, but our big fo­cus was our at­ti­tude and our ef­fort this week and to be fun­da­men­tally sound and bet­ter at our tech­nique.”

With the loss, the Fa­ther Judge High School foot­ball team fin­ishes the sea­son with a 2-8 over­all record.

High­light­ing Fa­ther Judge was quar­ter­back Shane Doo­ley, who had two pass­ing touch­downs and one rush­ing touch­down.

The La Salle Col­lege High School Ex­plor­ers will now look for­ward to its Dis­trict 12 semi­fi­nal game against St. Joseph’s Prep next week.

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