La Salle can’t be Judged
Explorers too much for Father Judge
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.