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Hucks Corner report on the Souderton game

Varsity vs Souderton HS on 9/12/2008
Posted Monday, September 15, 2008 by Tedsilary.com
SEPT. 12
NON-LEAGUE
Roman 32, Souderton 14
  So far in this young season the only thing that has slowed down Roman sr. RB/DB Kasseim Everett has been Hurricane Hanna. Last week, the Cahillites were idle when our area was besieged by stormy weather. Mother Nature’s lack of cooperation forced their game last Saturday to be cancelled. Well, that and their out-of-state of opponents’ lack of flexibility forced the cancellation. But, hey, what do you expect from a bunch of New Yorkers? In the two games Everett has played, a season-opening setback to West Catholic and tonight’s clash with suburban toughie Souderton, all he has done is produce 300+ all-purpose yards in both of them! News alert for those of you who don’t know, but this kid is GOOD!!! Tonight, he turned his team’s first two offensive plays into long scores. After a fumble by Souderton on the game’s first play from scrimmage, the Cahillites wasted little time getting the ball into their most dangerous player’s hands. Initially set up as a lone back, Everett scurried in motion to the right-slot. Strangely, no one from Souderton’s defense slid out to cover him. OK, make it easy if you want. And easy it was, as Everett flew down the field and jr. QB Kevin Regan (3-of-6, 74 yards) beautifully hit him in stride for a quick touchdown, just 29 seconds into the game. Souderton would respond with a methodical, 11-play, 79-yard drive to tie it. However, on Roman’s next offensive play, Everett went off right-tackle and zoomed 60 yards to recapture the lead, a lead they would never relinquish. Everett would add two more running scores that covered 35 and 12 yards respectively. Of all of the touchdowns, the 12-yarder was probably the most impressive. Seemingly stopped in the backfield, he spun off a tackle attempt and bounced outside. Once out there, he left two other Indian defenders in his dust with some wiggle from the hips. Impressive! For the game he carried 24 times for 243 yards. He also added 11 more yards on free kick, as well as 56-yards receiving, for a grand total of 310 all-purpose. Oh, yeah, for good measure let's toss in eight tackles (6 solos) and a pass defended on the other side of the ball. This kid has a unique running style: he is not only fast, but also combines a level of toughness that you usually don’t see from a player his size (5’10”, 180 lbs). Advice to future opponents – Tackling drills!  Obviously, when a rusher goes off like this that the grunts up front are going to play a pivotal role. That was certainly the case tonight as; sr. C John Matthews, G’s sr. Bob Kalinoski and jr. Matt Schlicking, and T’s sr. Tahir Basil and jr. Kevin Kelly were instrumental throughout. Also chipping in the defender-removal process were; sr. Amir Little at fullback, sr. TE Geoffrey Johnson, and jr. OL Gary Masino. Masino had replaced Matthews for a portion of time in the second half, as Matthews took care of business in a nearby lavatory. This actually led to a funny moment upon Matthews’ return. With a Cahillite lineman dinged, Matthews emerged back into the stadium and out of nowhere was running and yelling, “I got him, I got him, coach!” This prompted Roman’s first-year Head Coach Joe McCourt to bellow, “Get off the field Matthews, this isn’t rough-touch!” At the intermission the Cahillites led comfortably, 27-7. Things got a little uneasy after Souderton snuffed out a punt and recovered in the end zone, making 27-14 early in the third quarter. However, the Cahillites responded with a nice drive that ended with a 29-yard field goal by jr. K/P Kyle Haber. The final scoring came when Basir blocked an Indian punt that eventually rolled out of the end zone. This was the rangy Basil’s second block in as many games.  Defensively, Roman received fumble recoveries by soph. DB Dennis Regan (Forced by Little) and sr. DB Marshall Kelly, who also made an interception. Sr. DT John Marcinek (6’3”, 310 lbs) was a force on the line with five stops. Meanwhile, sr. LB Marty Bernard, sr. LB Terrell Hutchins, and Johnson evenly split 12 tackles. Through two games Everett has accumulated 518 of Roman’s 674 yards from scrimmage (77%). After winning the CL Red championship last year, the Cahillites lost numerous key contributors from that team to graduation. A lot of people were unsure of what to expect from them this year and that a possible rebuilding period was to be expected. So far that hasn’t been the case, as they took a good West team to overtime and crunched this Souderton squad, who came in ranked in some people’s SE PA Top 5. It’s still early, but I like what I see from the bunch so far. 

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