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Balance Offense Propels O’Hara over H.D. Woodson

Written by: on Saturday, September 27th, 2008. Follow Willie McGonigle on Twitter.


CHESTER: Heading into Saturday evenings non league match up the Warriors from H.D Woodson from Washington DC Cardinal O’Hara was among the Catholic League leaders in rushing yards per game. Well the Lions showed a balance attack to propel them to a 31-7 victory at Widener’s University Leslie C. Quick Stadium.


The Lions would strike first following an interception by Corey Brown who would go down with an injury on the play. The Lions would go 46 yards on 3 plays with the big play coming on the first play of the drive when Tom Savage hit Billy Morgon for a 44 yard gain. Two plays later Evan Higgins would power his way through from a yard out. Alex Penza would add the extra point giving the Lions the 7-0 lead.


Woodson would respond despite not being able to come up with the kickoff. A fumble would put an end to the Lion drive.  Six plays the Warriors would capitalize on the turnover when Kayvone Springs would punch it in from 4 yards out. The extra point was good tying the game at 7.


The next O’Hara touchdown would be product complimentary of the defense when Higgins would intercept a Ricardo Young pass and return it 52 yards with help from his  blockers for the touchdown. Penza would add the extra point to give the Lions the 14-7 lead at end of the first quarter. “My defense made a great wall for me and threw nice blocks for


With help from a fumble recovery by Kevin Lalor the Lions would add to their when Savage would sneak his way in from a yard out. Penza would add the extra point giving the Lions the 21-7 lead going into the half. Savage would finish the game with 200 yards passing.


In the second the defense lead by Chris Nolan would come out firing like they did all year. “ He( Nolan) just played a possess man” is how Higgins would describe his teammate’s defensive effort.


Penza would cap the first drive of the second half with his 33 yard field goal. The field goal would be Penza’s first career. Penza is also a star on the Lions golf team.


Sophomore Adam Dempsey would cap the score on the raining evening with his 3 yard touchdown. Penza would add the extra point to give the Lions the 31-7 victory and improve them to 5-0.


Up next for the Lions is the defending Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division Champions Roman Catholic will enter the game with a record 3-1. Kickoff is schedule for 7 pmFriday Night at 10th and Bigler in Philadelphia.

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8 Responses to “Balance Offense Propels O’Hara over H.D. Woodson”

  1. explorerfb21 says:

    that bone crushing hit that nearly put that H.D Woodson players helmet on the track was by Dennis Mushrush #59, not #57

  2. Bo says:

    The left side of that line outweighed #55 Chris Nolan by about 100 pound each,and he ate their lunch all night long.

  3. SgtLewski says:

    I think O’Hara will have its hands full with Roman this weekend. Game of the week and the biggest challenge so far for the Lions.

  4. Willie says:

    I agree Matt Williams played great and so did 59 Dennis Mushrush and well Danny played the way we saw him in CYO

  5. Bill Hinde says:

    That #57 of O’Hara is Matt Williams. He’s a two year starter, with his senior year well ahead of him.

  6. SgtLewski says:

    I was at the this game and was the first time watching O’Hara play this season. One thing I noticed about the Lions is that they are very well coached. After looking at Woodson’s line I thought O’Hara was going to have alittle trouble with them. One kid who played guard was abput 6’7 and easily over 400 lbs and the rest of them weren’t any slouches either. After the game started and O’hara lost Brown for the game I thought here we go but they played well.Danny O’hara, yes that is his name, is a player I coached him in CYO and he gets better and better every time I see him. I think he did well in the back up role as RB.Also the hit of the game was delivered by #57 of O’Hara who litterally knocked the helmet off a Woodson player. O’Hara is a good team but I am going to go out on a limb and say LaSalle beats them in a close one 24-20.

  7. Willie McGonigle says:

    Norm I will forward the message to Dave also you can feel free to contact to me any time as I’m the Philly catholic league reporter and go to all Ohara games my email is
    Willie McGonigle
    Philadelphia Catholic League Reporter

  8. Norman Gross says:

    please pass this along to David Mika:


    We have met and talked a few times at games in PA, but I misplaced your cell phone number. These Saturday night games are driving me crazy, as my deadline is now (mid-day Sunday), way before the other national polls.

    As of right this minute, your site is the only place in the USA ( and included)that I have been able to find last nights OHARA score, and even includes the above article. Going forward, if I have an emergency, need a late Saturday score, and can’t find it, could I please have your cell phone number again, I won’t lose it this time.

    Looking forward to seeing you during the playoffs,

    Thanks very much.


    Norman Gross
    National Prep Poll
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    703-625-3300 cell