Wortham, Judge Runs Pass O’Hara
PHILADELPHIA PA: I’m sure we all heard of the expression good things come in small packages well that certain can apply to Curtis Wortham and his Father Judge Crusader teammates. Wortham who’s listed as 5’5 155 on the roster used his size and speed top churn out a school record 294 yards on 26 carries to propel the top seeded Crusaders to a 30-14 victory over the 4th seeded Cardinal O’Hara Lions who enter the game with a three game losing streak.
Wortham first carry would go 39 yards to put the Crusaders at the Lions 12 yard line where the Crusaders drive would stall resulting in a 25 yard field goal by Patrick Schultz giving the Crusaders the early 3-0 lead.
The Lions would respond with the legs of Jr. RB Corey Brown who made his return to the Lions line for the first time since week 5 when he sustained a knee injury. Brown would make the most of second carry of the day has he took it 50 yards to the end zone showing that he hadn’t lost a step with his injury. Alex Penza would add the extra point giving the Lions the 7-3 lead.
Wortham and the Crusaders would respond after 14 yard pass from Tony Smith to Tom Ryan put the Crusaders at their own 49 yard line, Wortham would show his speed has he did all night to bust through the Lions defense on his way to a 50 yard touchdown. Schultz would add the extra point to give the Crusaders the 10-7 lead.
After forcing the Lions to a 3 and out Wortham and the Crusaders would only need two plays to add to their lead when Wortham would again get loose in the defensive backfield of the Lions and raced 78 yards for the touchdown. Schultz would add the extra point giving the Crusaders the 17-7 lead at end of the first quarter.
The Crusaders and Wortham would tack on to their lead with a 10 play 80 yard drive that took 4 minutes and 31 seconds off the clock before Wortham would punch it in from an yard out. The big play on the drive was compliment of a 40 yard scamper by Smith on the first play of the drive. Schultz would add the extra point giving the Crusaders the 24-7 lead at the half.
Wortham would only need two plays in the second half to get loose for a 57 yard touchdown. Schultz kick would be blocked by Drew Formica giving the Crusaders the 30-7 lead. After the Wortham gave all the credit to his line which was made of Matt Schule, Jeff Brewer, Anthony Repici, John Lavelle and Joe Gallelli saying “it was just one cut and go” Crusaders head coach Tom Coyle echoed Wortham saying “ Offensive Line Coach Casey Jones does an outstanding technique and motivating those guys, they were a little hungry”
The Lions would cut the Crusader lead down to 30-14 when Sr. QB Tom Savage would hit Anthony McCloskey from 16 yards out Penza would add the extra point cutting the lead down to 30-14. After the game Coyle commented on Savage saying “Savage gave us everything he had we were impress with the throws he was making in the fourth quarter, we impress with his ability to hang in their.”
Up next for Crusaders is the winner of the St Joseph Prep-LaSalle game with the winner taking on the Crusaders next weekend in the Philadelphia Catholic League AAAA Championship with the winner moving on to the district 12 AAAA championship game in two weeks.
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