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O'Hara line makes all the right moves

OHara Varsity - 1996 Season
Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010 by News


Delaware County Daily Times (Primos - Upper Darby, PA) - Monday, November 11, 1996
Take one look at Cardinal O'Hara's offensive line and the first thing you notice is the size.

The Lions are big, individually and collectively.

Center John McMonagle is the ""runt'' at 190 pounds. The rest, guards Sean Curtin, Tom Worrilow and Jason Cannon, and tackles Gregg Wood and Brian Wilson all top the 200-pound mark. Cannon weighs 205 pounds followed by Worrilow (225), Curtin (235), Wilson (250) and Wood (270).

However, as impressive as their physical numbers are, they pale in comparison to their academic figures.

McMonagle scored 1,380 on his SATs.

Wilson posted a 1,240 while Wood also scored over 1,000 on his SATs. Curtin, Worrilow and Cannon are no slouch in the classroom, either.

Big, tough and smart. It's a lethal combination.

""They pick up on things quickly and they communicate well,'' O'Hara coach George Stratts said. ""For instance, if our opponent is doing something different and we need to make an adjustment, they can show (assistant coach Tim D'Allesandro) what the problem is so he can make the proper adjustment.''

One improvement was to move the Wilson from center to tackle after the Bishop McDevitt game to beef up the tackle slot.

""We needed more size at the other tackle,'' Stratts said. ""Brian may be better suited for center in college, but he gives us the size we need at tackle. And when we asked him to move he didn't hesitate or complain. He moved over and has done a great job for us.''

The Lions are 5-2 since Wilson moved to tackle, and carry a three-game winning streak into the playoffs.

Much of the success has been on the ground, especially in the last three weeks. Senior halfback John Doherty has bounced back from an early season ankle injury to rush 98 times for 566 yards and six touchdowns in his last three games. Overall, Doherty has gained 898 yards in eight games.

""John's healthy and the line is coming into its own,'' Stratts said. ""And that's been the key. The guys up front have done a terrific job for us.''


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