O’Hara flexes its muscle with win over Delaware Power Red Lion
Bear, Delaware- In a game marred by big plays, penalties and an ugly fourth quarter brawl, Cardinal O’Hara (PCL, AAA) showed why they are ranked fourth in the state by dismantling Delaware’s Red Lion Christian Academy (3-1), 30-0.
The Lions did not get on track until midway through the 2nd Quarter when Senior Brendan McLaughlin (transfer from Avon Grove) ran up the middle for a 49 yard gain to the Red Lion 10. A few plays later Senior Quarterback Ryan Laughlin bulled into the enzone from the 1 yard line to give O’Hara a 6-0 lead. A few plays later Red Lion coughed up the ball that O’Hara recovered and Laughlin hit RB Adam Dempsey with a nice pitch and catch down the left side for a 12-0 halftime lead.
Things went from bad to worse for Red Lion at the start of the second half when Laughlin hit Senior Tyler Gallen with a beautiful 65 yard touchdown down the left side only a minute into the half. Laughlin then passed to Dempsey for a two point conversion and a 20-0 lead.
Things heated up a bit near the end of the 3rd stanza when a Red Lion RB was horse collared by an O’Hara defender near the Red Lion sideline. A brawl occurred and it took about a half hour for peace to be restored before both teams took the field again.
Immediately thereafter O’Hara got the ball back and scored again in only a minute and a half punctuated by Laughlin’s 20 yard scramble that led to the end of the scoring.
Much heralded 8th Grade QB David Sills (already slated for a scholarship to play for Southern California) played valiantly in defeat. He threw the ball extremely well. He took some big hits from O’Hara but stayed in and played admirably even though Red Lion could not put up points on the scoreboard. Unofficially he was 9 for 22 with 101 yards passing. O’Hara also was able to contain Red Lion’s sensational D Lineman Angelo Blackson (Auburn commit). Blackson was ejected during the brawl.
O’Hara played a much disciplined game on both sides of the ball and was one of the best tackling teams this reporter has seen all year. O’Hara could not get to Sills during the first Quarter but Coach Dan Algeo made adjustments in the second stanza that put much more pressure on the young QB. Their run defense led by Senior Drew Formica was stifling all night and did not break after Red Lion produced some extended scoring drive opportunities.
Algeo credited the coaching staff for putting the Lions in position to make plays all night. Said Algeo; “John Algeo (Defensive Coordinator), Gabe DiBernadino (Offensive Line Coach) and Joe Millison (D Line Coach) did a great job working on a game plan to try to neutralize Red Lion’s strengths. We are 6-0 with 5 shutouts because the coaches work tirelessly with these kids as well as the kids’ ability to carry out the game plan. I am proud of every one of them.”
Laughlin played near flawless with his two TD passes and two runs. He also intercepted one pass. WR/DB Gallen had his one long TD reception and another was called back by penalty. He also had one interception. McLaughlin had a stellar game as well with over 70 yards running and was a stalwart LB on defense. Junior Damiere Shaw ran for over 50 yards on 6 carries in the 4th Quarter and runs very much like Desmon Peoples from Archbishop Wood. “Dameire is a very talented player” said Algeo. He has been hurt and hopefully he’ll be 100% soon. He is a very talented corner as well.
O’Hara now will begin their very difficult conference schedule with games vs. Monsignor Bonner, Archbishop Carroll and finally a dandy at home in their newly built stadium with an October 30 game with undefeated top AAA State team Archbishop Wood.
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