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Hucks Corner report on the CHA game

Varsity vs Chestnut Hill Academy on 9/20/2008
Posted Monday, September 22, 2008 by Tedsilary.com
SEPT. 20
Roman Catholic 17, Chestnut Hill 7
  During the first two games of Roman’s season, the Cahillites seemed to bring that chip-on-our-shoulders approach. After all, they were the defending CL Red champions, but in both their games, first West Catholic, then Souderton, the Cahillites were considered the underdogs. They split those two games, a tough overtime loss to West, followed by a convincing victory over the Indians. And after doing so, they have gotten the attention of many in and around Southeastern PA. Today, though, they came into the game as the hunted, as Chestnut Hill looked to pull off the upset. Things got off to a good start for the Blue Devils. On the second play from scrimmage, emerging jr. RB/DB Ibraheim Campbell ripped off a 56-yard run to the Roman 15-yard line. Four plays later, Campbell slammed home from the four to give Chestnut Hill a quick 7-0 lead just 3:34 into the game. Then, soph. DT Colin Kelly and sr. LB John Kuneck combined to stop Roman’s sr. FB Amir Little on a fourth down run at the Roman 28. This gave the Blue Devils a golden opportunity to increase their lead. However, the drive would stall and a 41-yard field goal attempt by jr. K/P Pat Connaghan fell a few yards short. Next, Roman had a 12-play drive stall at the CH 15-yard line, but soph. K/P Kyle Haber put them on the board when he blasted a 32-yard field goal that was PLENTY good. Later in the half, the Cahillites would take the lead for good when jr. QB/DB Kevin Regan nicely lofted a pass to his younger brother, soph. RB/WR/DB Dennis Regan, for an 8-yard touchdown with 2:32 left in the half. The score was set up by a K. Regan to soph. WR Kawaun Chavis 47-yard pass completion. After the intermission, most of the game was played between the thirties. Roman supplied the game’s most critical stop midway through the fourth quarter, as sr. LB Marty Bernard brought down Campbell for a one-yard loss on a third-and-five play from the Roman 45. Then, on fourth down, CH soph. QB Dan Gallagher failed to handle the snap while in the shotgun. The play ended losing nine yards, but more importantly gave the ball back to Roman. Three plays later, sr. RB/DB Kasseim Everett, who was relatively kept in check by the Blue Devils, finally broke free up the middle for a 39-yard score to ice the game.  I say "kept in check" because in his first two games, Everett ran wild to the tone of 300+ all-purpose yards. Today, things didn’t come as easily and he had to earn every single one of his yards. He finished with 152 yards on 25 grueling runs. Multiple times he had to leave the game with assorted nicks and cramping issues. K. Regan had his best day as a passer, going 10-for-16, for 140 yards. Early on, he connected with Chavis (3-84). Later, little bro’ D. Regan (5-45) was his main target. D. Regan also added 22 yards on 3 carries and a 27-yard kickoff return. All total, the Cahillites accumulated 320 yards of offense. Defensively, Bernard registered six total tackles, including a sack. Sr. LB Geoffrey Johnson was next with five stops. K. Regan made four stops and three pass defends. His height (6’4”) really helps Roman in obvious passing situations, as he is often able to get a paw on the ball. Sr. DE Bob Kalinoski, sr. DT John Marcinek (6’3”, 310 lbs), and sr. LB Terrell Hutchins each made four tackles. Sr. DB Marshall Kelly was active with three stops and two pass defends. For Chestnut Hill, Campbell rushed 24 times for 128 yards, marking the fourth straight game he has eclipsed the 100-yard barrier. You’ll remember that his brother, Rashad Campbell (Cornell), starred for the Blue Devils during the past three seasons, rushing for 4,204 yards in his career. The current Campbell probably isn’t as quick or shifty as his brother, but he has good speed and a much stronger body. I like his potential! He actually impressed me on both sides of the ball, as often brought the wood from his secondary position. He had some smashing hits in the game, and finished with 9 total stops (7 solos). His most impressive defensive play came when he brought down Everett late in the first half to prevent a possible Roman score. While tackling Everett he was able to rip the ball away and then secure it all in one motion. The Blue Devils other impressive offensive player, at least in an athletic sense, is soph. WR Jon McAllister. He only managed two grabs for 49 yards, but he should have some big receiving days over the next few years. He also is a highly touted baseball player. Gallagher had a tough time getting comfortable and finished with 62 yards on 4-for-15 passing. Defensively, sr. DB Julian Brown contributed 8 tackles (6 solos). Sr. DT Kyle Keller had a sack. Sr. LB Phil Thomas made six stops, while Kelly added five. Registering four tackles apiece were: sr. DB Alex Logue, Kuneck, jr. DE Brendan Plunkett, sr. LB Matt Flannery (2 pass defends), and McAllister. It was a beautiful day for a football game and the people in attendance weren’t the only ones enjoying the action. At certain junctures of the game, an inordinate amount of dragonflies would be seen hovering about the field of play. They weren’t much of a nuisance or anything, but I have never seen this many of them before. Interestingly, they only seemed to come around when the action subsided at given times.

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