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Hucks Corner report on the West Catholic game

Varsity vs West Catholic HS on 8/30/2008
Posted Monday, September 01, 2008 by Tedsilary.com
AUG. 30
West Catholic 34, Roman Catholic 28 (OT)
  For the eighth straight year the Burrs and Cahillites opened up against each other with a tangle at the shore. The series has been mostly competitive and there have been some good contests along the way, but today undoubtedly provided the series’ most exciting clash. Entering the game this is what we knew about the teams. Both were coming off seasons that ended with some hardware, Roman (Red) and West (Blue) won Catholic League titles. The Cahillites had some holdovers remaining, but were mostly hit hard by graduation. Meanwhile, the Burrs returned possibly the best backfield in Southeastern PA. Still, this is high school football where anything can happen. And today, it did, and then some! I’ll fast forward to the midway point of the fourth quarter. West sr. RB Rob Hollomon just raced 20 yards to the Burrs a 28-14 lead with 6:16 left.  Roman had looked spent for a while now, as West had scored the game’s last three touchdowns to turn a 14-7 third quarter deficit into a 14-point lead. But an opponent should never relax when sr. RB/DB Kasseim Everett, a recent Delaware recruit, is on the other side of the field. This kid was remarkable throughout! Then, in typical never-say-die fashion, he provided the spark his club needed by returning the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to make 28-21. We have a ballgame again! The Burrs offense was contained on their next possession to set-up a punting situation. Roman’s sr. OL/DE Tahir Basil (6’3”, 260 lbs) broke free and engulfed the punt, allowing the Cahillites to take over at the West 25-yard line. On the very next play, Everett snaked free for 24 yards to the one. Two plays later, jr. QB Kevin Regan slid in for the tying score with 2:12 left. The Burrs had one last try and went as far as Roman’s 43, but eventually stalled to send the game in overtime. West won the toss and opted to play defense first. Roman’s series went as follows: sr. FB/DT Amir Little 1-yard rush, incomplete pass in end zone (sr. TE Geoffrey Johnson appeared to be open), and 6-yard rush to the 3 by Everett. On fourth down, Roman used a full-house backfield look and tossed it left to Everett. The Burrs strung it out and Hollomon and sr. DB Haleem Hayward forced Everett out at the three. Next, the Burrs possession started ominously, with a too-many-men penalty that pushed the ball back to the 15. However, on the very first play, bruising and speedy sr. RB Raymond Maples ripped through the middle, ultimately carrying a defender or two into the end zone for the game-clinching score. Needless to say the Burrs erupted into joy, while the Cahillites left with dampened spirits. What a game! What a finish! No, the entire outing wasn’t picture perfect for either club, but for week one, on an extremely hot and humid afternoon, this baby was quite enjoyable to witness. At the beginning, the Burrs took their opening series 72 yards on just five plays for a quick 7-0 lead. Hollomon did the honors with a 25-yard spring. Prior to that, sr. QB Curtis Drake (Penn St. recruit) found sr. WR Brandon Williamson for a key 26-yard hook-up. When Roman got the ball they too marched 72 yards for a score, though, they needed two extra plays to do so. The slippery, determined, and tough Everett raced 37 yards to deadlock things. After this, the dangerous Hollomon took Roman’s kickoff and sped 89 yards down the left sideline for another score. However, the play was wiped out by an illegal block call on the opposite side of the field. West went on to hold the ball for ten plays, but the series ended when Everett intercepted a deflected ball and returned it 37 yard to midfield. In the second quarter Roman squandered a golden opportunity to grab the lead, fumbling the ball inside the five, where Maples recovered at the two-yard line. Afterwards, the Burrs couldn’t get away from the shadows of their own end zone and ended up punting. Roman took over at the West 38-yard line and on the very first play Everett raced in for a 14-7 lead. This is where the score stood entering the third quarter. The Burrs were able to hold Roman on their first possession, eventually taking over at their 23-yard line. Three plays later, Maples zoomed down the middle for a 65-yard touchdown, but this was nullified by an illegal block downfield. The play still netted 26 yards, though. Then, on play 13 of the drive, Drake wiggled in from one to tie the game. On the first play of the fourth quarter, K. Regan again had problems with a snap and the Burrs’ sr. LB Jordan Culbreath recovered at the Roman 22-yard line. On the next play, Drake took a keeper around the right end untouched for a 21-14 Burr lead. For West, the backfield of Maples (13-120), Hollomon (14-108), and Drake (14-82) all had good moments. Drake was a little off mark in the passing game, going just 4-for-11, for 42 yards and two picks. There may be some cohesiveness issues with an inexperienced wide receiving corps. I expect this to be worked out in the coming weeks. Good day in the trenches for the O-line that consisted of: jr. C/DT Jake Zuzek (6’2”, 288 lbs), Gs sr. Paul Murtagh and sr. Covisia Wilson, Ts sr. Victor McNair (6’0”, 280 lbs) and sr. Austin Peters (6’0”, 295 lbs), and soph. TE Jim Lynch (6’3”, 202 lbs). Sr. FB Juan Rozier did a good job as a lead blocker. On defense, the leading tacklers were; jr. LB Dante Dickens (nine), Maples (five), and Culbreath (five). For Roman, Everett was sensational. He ended with 206 yard rushing on 18 carries, and amassed 344 all-purpose yards in the game! Hey Ted, I think we found our, best-performance-by-a-player-in-defeat for week one. A lot of times when you watch good high school backs you’ll see that they either have great speed or run really hard and are hard to bring down. Well, Everett demonstrated both qualities in this game. I can’t even begin to tell you how many tackles he broke today. Just a determined runner! Assisting him in the trenches were: sr. C John Matthews, G’s jr. Matt Schickling and jr. Kevin Kelly, T’s Basil and sr. Bob Kalinoski, and Little at fullback and Johnson at tight end. K. Regan finished 4-for-8, for 51 yards passing. Defensively, sr. LB Marty Bernard put in a full day’s work with 10 tackles and a .5 of sack. K. Regan added 8 stops and .5 of sack. His brother, soph. RB/DB Dennis Regan, made a nice sideline interception. Basil and sr. S/LB Nick Santiago evenly split 10 tackles. I only have one complaint on the day and that is neither team supplied rosters. I’ll excuse Roman’s first-year Head Coach Joe McCourt, who was making his varsity debut today. But West head man Brian Fluck will feel the wrath of Huck if it happens again. C’mon, I only printed one up August 11th on the first day of camp. Smile!!!

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