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Huck's Game Summary: O'Hara vs. Carroll

OHara Varsity vs Archbishop Carroll HS on 9/22/2012 2:00:00 PM
Posted Sunday, September 23, 2012 by www.tedsilary.com
 SEPT. 22

O’Hara 56, Carroll 20     
On a warm afternoon at Cardinal O’Hara not a whole lot was expected in terms of competitiveness between the two teams. Carroll, who dropped down to 2A this year, has low numbers (Roughly 30 dressed today) and very little in way of size and speed. And after a half of play what we expected is what we got. The Lions led comfortably, 28-0, and boasted a 265-to-minus-14 yards advantage. Carroll ran 20 offensive plays in the first half. Just three of them netted positive yards. And they only went for 5 yards (twice) on runs and 2 yards on a pass. All six of their first half possessions ended in punts; with the final four producing three-and-outs. The Pats lone first down in the first 24-minutes came courtesy of an O’Hara penalty. For O’Hara, quality jr. WR/RB/DB Thaddius Smith scored three of his five TDs on the afternoon in that opening half. He started the scoring with a 8-yard run that capped a 6-play, 63-yard drive with 4:49 left in opening quarter. In the second stanza he had a pair of TD receptions (35 & 23 yards) from jr. QB Dashawn Darden that sandwiched a 2-yard run by sr. FB/DB Tarron Dunbar (7-34). As we went into the second half a rather quick mercy rule setting was expected. But to Carroll’s credit they didn’t roll over and played hard throughout. No, the game never really got competitive, and O’Hara still won the second half, 28-to-20. Plus, the mercy rule would eventually be put into play with 5:38 left in the third quarter. Even so, I appreciated Carroll’s fight. And the Carroll fight began immediately when sr. WR/DB Dan Bier zipped 93 yards with the 2nd half kickoff. However, the Lions used a little special teams magic themselves on the ensuing kickoff. Yet, unconventional at that. Smith fielded the kick at the 17-yard line. At roughly his team’s thirty-two, the ball squirted out, but found fellow return man jr. RB/DB Lamont Veal close by. The speedy Veal secured the ball and zipped around the left-side the remaining 68 yards. Wow! Still, moments later Bier was at it again when he took a short pass all by his lonesome in the right flat from sr. QB Sal Bello and scooted 52 yards with the score. In just 1:27 of third quarter action we had three scores covering a total of 228 yards. Niceee! Carroll elation would be short-lived, though. Smith iced the game with his 4th and 5th scores of the game. Both came off of passes from Darden; covering 17 & 35 yards. In the fourth quarter, Bier scored his third TD of the game on a 9-yard pass from Bello. While O’Hara frosh. RB Donovan Pierce used his only carry of the game to produce a 9-yard score. Smith was sensational, as he rushed (7-74) and caught (7-157). All total, he ripped off 231 yards on 14 offensive touches, while a single return led to another 15 yards. Darden was efficient all day going 12-for-17 for 219 yards. That’s an average of 18.3 yards per completion for those of you scoring at home. In the end the Lions’ offense amassed 440 yards of offense. Let’s give it up for the boys on the OL. This unit featured: jr. C Kevin Campbell, G’s soph Kevin Gallagher and sr. Tyler Dinnella, T’s jr. J Kraiza and sr. Carmen Cervella, and jr. TE Nolan Cummings. Defensively, Cummings was a force and spearheaded a unit that allowed a minus-9 yards rushing on 21 totes. He finished with 8 tackles; including a sack and two other TFLs. Sr. LB K.C. Roberts (5 stops), jr. DE Gabe Cordes, and jr. DE Eric Trainor/sr. LB Andrew Houtmann (shared) also had sacks. Sr. DB Joe DeMaio hustled for five tackles. Jr. K Steve Weyler boomed five balls for touchbacks, including one that clanged off the crossbar. And no, it wasn’t after a penalty where the ball was moved closer. For Carroll, Bello (10-22, 129 yards) had nine of ten completions and 127 of his 129 yards after intermission. Bier (3-61 receiving) managed 159 all-purpose yards on just 5 touches. Sr. WR Tyler Rongione (3-36) had some nice moments. On defense, tackling leaders for Carroll were: sr. LB Ben Lerario (six), Bier (five), sr. DB Jake Keczik (four), and soph. DB Joey Rodden (four). Soph. DB Matt Guyger recovered a muffed punt. Lerario punted seven times for 32.1 average.

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