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Hucks corner report on the Prep game

Varsity vs St Josephs Prep on 10/31/2008
Posted Tuesday, November 04, 2008 by Tedsilary.com
OCT. 31
SJ Prep 45, Roman Catholic 3
     Hey, where’s everyone at? Geez, you would think one of our professional sports teams had recently won a championship and a victory parade had taken up most of the day. Oops, there was a parade today celebrating the Phillies’ World Series title and reports were that nearly 2 million showed up. Yes, I was one of them, but that’s a story for another day! Also, let’s not forget about all of those little costume-wearing ghouls circulating around the Delaware Valley on this Halloween night. Add in the fact that this league finale had little-to-no significance in terms of the standings, then I guess it wasn’t a surprise the game was sparsely attended and the atmosphere meter never really progressed in an upward manner. I have covered quite a few SJ Prep games over my time and not once have I patrolled the sidelines with such a bland and un-zestful aura within the stadium. Oh well, can’t really place blame on anyone when considering the circumstances. And I’m sure the Prep faithful will turn out in masses when next week’s PCL 4A playoffs begin. So, did the blah environment affect the teams? Well, who knows for sure, but one thing was obvious, and it is that these two clubs are without a doubt heading in opposite directions. The Hawks took a business-like approach and dismantled the Cahiliites in just about every facet of the game. Meanwhile, Roman looked battered and emotionless. Over the last two weeks the Cahillites have been wilted by tough opponents by a combined score of 87-to-14. It was easy to see that spirits have been dampened. Earlier in league play Roman dropped a pair close league losses, so maybe this weighed heavily on them. In this game the Hawks seized control almost from the get-go. On the game’s fourth play, sr. QB Mark Giubilato (Temple) took a quarterback-draw 46 yards to the one. Two plays later sr. RB/DB Mike Yeager squeezed through the line for the game’s first touchdown. Roman would momentarily restore some order after star sr. RB/DB Kasseim Everett provided a 54-yard burst, which led to a 30-yard field goal by soph. Ryan Haber. However, the momentum would be short-lived, as Yeager capped the Hawks’ next series with his second 1-yard scoring run. Giubilato passed to sr. TE Dan McGeever for the conversion to make the score 14-3. Then, after the defense forced a punt, jr. RB Garrett Compton zipped in from 34 yards with just 7 seconds left in the opening quarter. The rout was on! The next time Compton touched the ball he broke an early tackle attempt and zoomed another 72 yards to paydirt. The Hawks next possession began with a 46-yard punt return by Yeager. This was immediately followed by an easy 15-yard scoring pass from Guibilato to sr. WR Anthony Johnson. The game reached mercy rule standards with just 8 seconds left in the first half when sr. K Kurt Skalamera belted a 24-yard field goal and a 38-3 lead. The only scoring in the second half was a 9-yard burst by sr. RB Bill Bonner. The Hawks accumulated 302 of their 367 total yards in the opening half. The play of the offensive line was instrumental in the onslaught. Contributing members included: jr. C Ryan Donovan, G’s sr. Mike Pinciotti (6’3”, 292 lbs) and Shawn Davis (6’0”, 265 lbs), and T’s Mark Arcidiacono (6’5”, 282 lbs, Penn St.) and jr. Seth Betancourt (6’6”, 289 lbs). Compton totaled 132 yards on just 7 carries, while Yeager managed 12 totes for 68 yards. Giubilato mixed 55 yards rushing with another 39 yards passing (3-for-7). Also running well were Bonner (6-26) and frosh. RB Eric Neefe (6-27). Defensively, sr. LB Mike Pereira was a force with 5 solo tackles and a pick (37-yard return). Frosh. DB Skyler Mornhinweg had four stops and an interception. Jr. DE Bill Mancini made 2 TFL’s (4 total stops), while soph. LB Dan Pellicciotti contributed 5 tackles. Sr. DT Andy Marshalick added a fumble recovery and batted a pass down at the line of scrimmage. For Roman, not a whole lot to talk about. Everett did rush for 98 yards on 15 carries, but really never got off after the early 54-yard run. Jr. QB/DB Kevin Regan was victimized by multiple drops and finished an icy 1-for-16 (5 yards). That completion came after twelve misfires. Like I mentioned, Regan received little help from teammates. To make matters worse he took a wicked knee to the head when making a tackle on Pereira after his interception. He was slow to his feet, but eventually wobbled to the sidelines. Soph. WR/DB Dennis Regan managed 77 yards on returns. Defensively, K. Regan, sr. DT Amir Little, Sr. TE Tahir Basil, and sr. LB Marty Bernard each made five tackles, while Everett added four. A year after winning the PCL Red Championship the Cahillites will miss this year’s playoffs. Next week’s PCL 4A semifinals will feature O’Hara versus Father Judge and SJ Prep taking on La Salle. Judge, La Salle, and the Hawks all finished at (5-1), but Judge gets first place due to a better defensive yield in the games amongst the three teams. La Salle gets second place via their regular season win over the Hawks. I expect both semifinals to be good ones, but the Hawk-Explorer contest has a chance to be a dandy!

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