Bishop McDe­vitt holds off Schuylkill Haven

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - SPORTS - By Alex Wahl

NORTH­EAST PHILLY >> In a PIAA Class 2A Dis­trict 11/12 sub-re­gion semi­fi­nal game, the sec­ond-seeded Bishop McDe­vitt Lancers out­ran the No. 3 seed Schuylkill Haven Hur­ri­canes at North­east High School Satur­day af­ter­noon 27-19.

With heavy wind in North­east Philadel­phia, the semi­fi­nal game turned out to be a big run­ning game as both teams ran for 557 yard and seven touch­downs com­bined.

High­light­ing the win for Bishop McDe­vitt was the duo of run­ning back JonLuke Peaker and quar­ter­back Lon­nie Rice.

Peaker and Rice were the only two play­ers for Bishop McDe­vitt to run the ball and each had two rush­ing touch­downs.

“I was a lit­tle tired at first,” said Peaker. “but the wind con­di­tion helped so I was good over­all.”

“I feel like ev­ery­one ex­e­cuted to­day. We talk about that ev­ery­day in prac­tice and in games that if we ex­e­cute, we win games.”

Schuylkill Haven was able to strike first on its first drive of the game that ended with a quar­ter­back sneak from Kyle Donati to take a 6-0 lead be­fore the ex­tra pointed failed.

Af­ter the nearly 10 minute drive from Schuylkill Haven, the Lancers wasted no time as they only needed three plays in their first drive that ended with a 42yard touch­down run from Peaker to gain a 7-6 lead.

Peaker and Rice later in­creased the lead to 21-6 at half­time af­ter both of them ran for one touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Hur­ri­canes man­aged to bounce back from a tough first half by shut­ting out the Lancer of­fense on its first pos­ses­sion.

Af­ter that, Hur­ri­cane run­ning back Kobe Br­ish ran down the field for a 46yard touch­down to de­crease the Lancer lead to 21-13.

How­ever, on just the sec­ond play of Bishop McDe­vitt’s next drive, Rice ran down the field for a long 76-yard touch­down.

For the Lancers next two drives in the fourth quar­ter, they both ended with fum­ble re­cov­er­ies for Schuylkill Haven.

Un­for­tu­nately Schuylkill Haven could cash in for one touch­down to make the score 27-19.

The Lancer de­fense came up big in the last drive mak­ing Schuylkill Haven turn the ball over on downs and se­cure the 27-19 semi­fi­nal vic­tory.

The pass­ing de­fense was also a big fac­tor for Bishop McDe­vitt as the team held the Hur­ri­canes to only one com­ple­tion in the en­tire game.

Peaker fin­ished the game with 126 rush­ing yards and two touch­downs on 15 car­ries in the win.

Rice led the game with 151 rush­ing yards on only nine car­ries to ex­e­cute the win.

“The whole team re­ally stepped up to­day and showed a lot of courage,” said Rice. “The line made a lot of holes and me and Peaker ran right through them.

“I was gassed af­ter that long 76-yard touch­down run. I didn’t know that was go­ing to hap­pen, I just saw the hole, went through it and saw a lot of field.”

Bishop McDe­vitt head coach Mike Watkins was thrilled for his team to come up big in the Dis­trict 11/12 sub re­gion semi­fi­nal win.

“We felt re­ally good about how we moved the foot­ball to­day,” said Watkins. “We al­ways want to run the ball and we did that a lot to­day.”

High­light­ing the Schuylkill Haven Hur­ri­canes was Br­ish who had 240 yards and one touch­down on 45 car­ries.

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