Bucks Stop Here. West Catholic Speed to Much for Dunmore
PHILADELPHIA: Heading into Friday evenings PIAA AA State quarterfinal with the defending AA East Champions Dunmore Bucks one couldn’t help but to wonder how would the West Catholic Burrs match-up with the Bucks? Well the Burrs unleashed their speed to rack up 449 yards rushing on their way to a 49-21 whipping of the defending Eastern champs. “Speed is what got us over the hump” is how Sr. QB Curtis Drake would describe his teams speed. Burrs Head Coach Brain Fluck would echoed Drake saying “ Our speed is what wins games for us, we put our guys in one on one situations and let them make plays for us, 9 times out of 10 they will win the race.
The Burrs showed speed as just 51 seconds into the contest to drive 76 yards on 3 plays when Drake would hit Eric Young for a 53 yard touchdown. Tim Carroll would add the extra point giving the Burrs the 7-0 lead.
The Burrs next drive would take 1:14 off the clock and would cover 61 yards. 53 of the yards came on touchdown run by Drake in which he showed his ability to escape tackles on his way to the end-zone. Carroll would add the extra point giving the Burrs the 14-0 lead.
The Burrs next score would come compliments of the special teams in particular Rob Holloman who would take a 35 yard punt by Miller Holmes 75 yards for the touchdown. Carroll would add the extra point giving the Burrs the 21-0 first quarter lead.
Drake would add a one yard sneak in the second quarter to extend the Burrs lead to 28-0. Drake would finish the game with 11 carries for 182 yards 174 of which came in the first half.
The Bucks would cut into the Burrs lead behind a 9 yard plunge from Michael Perry. Shawn Dente would add the extra point cutting the Burrs lead to 28-7 heading into the half.
The Burrs would add to their lead on their first possession of the second half which covered 51 yards on 6 plays before Drake would again hit Young for 34 yard touchdown. Jaelen Strong Rankin would hit Jim Lynch for the two point conversion giving the Burrs the 36-7 lead.
The Burrs would only need one play to put the mercy rule in affect as the third member of the Burrs three headed monster Raymond Maples would bust loose for an 80 yard touchdown. The extra point would be block giving the Burrs the 42-7 lead. Maples would finish with 8 carries for 160 yards. “This season has been magical last year we won the Catholic League this year we going to win states” is how Drake would respond when asked about how magical this seasons been. Fluck would say of the three headed monster “ It all starts with them three ( Drake, Holloman, Maples) they have ball 95% of the time.”
The Bucks would respond behind the arm of Miller Holmes who enter the game with 5,184 career passing yards. Miller would hit Michael Ehnot for a 60 yard touchdown. Dente would add the extra point cutting the Burrs lead to 42-14.
The Burrs would respond on the first play of the fourth quarter when Holloman broke free for a 17 yard touchdown. Carroll would add the extra point making it 49-14.
Perry would cap the scoring on the evening with his 3 yard touchdown with 108 left in the game. Dente would add the extra point making the final score 49-21
Up next for the Burrs is a date in the Eastern Final where they will take on either Mount Carmel or Lancaster Catholic
Dunmore 0 7 7 7 21
West Catholic 21 7 14 7 49
WC Young 53 yard pass from Drake Carroll Kick 11:09
WC Drake 53 yard run. Carroll Kick 5:54
WC Holloman 75 yard Punt Return. Carroll Kick 3:50
WC Drake 1 yard run Carroll Kick. 9:59
Dun Perry 9 yard run. Dente Kick 6:23
WC Young 34 yard pass from Drake Rankin pass to Lynch 7:32
WC Maples 80 yard run Kick failed 5:52
Dun Ehnot 60 yard pass from Holmes Dente Kick 3:42
WC Holloman 17 yard run Carroll Kick 11:57
Dun Perry 3 yard run. Dente Kick 1:08
First Downs 8 18
Rushes/yards 22-111 38-449
Completions/yards 10/202 3/96
TotalYards 313 545
Punts/ Average 2/37 0/0
Interceptions 0 2
Fumbles/Lost 3/1 1/1
Penalties/ Yards 1/5 6/59
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