Cathedral Prep burns Wood for title
Normally I am not one for cheezy headlines, but this one fits. Prep senior quarterback Damion Terry lit up the Archbishop Wood defense 317 yards and 1 touchdown. Terry also ran for 55 yards and a score leading the Ramblers to a 24-14 win in front of a frenzied crowd of Erie fans. “I’m really proud of this team, Damion is a heck of an athlete and performed as we hoped he would all season” said Prep head coach Mike Mischler.
The game started with a bang. Wood took the ball 80 yards in just over three minutes to make the score 7-0. Running back Josh Messina carried 4 times for 60 yards in the drive, finishing it off with a 32 yard touchdown run. Andrew Guckin, who had a stellar game himself rushing for 178 yards on 30 carries, carried the ball 3 times for 20 yards on the drive.
But Prep shot right back with a quick 80 yard drive of their own. Terry hit a wide open Troy Woodard in stride and Woodard raced 60 yards for the score. The kick after was good tying the score at 7 midway through the first quarter.
On their next possession the Vikings committed 4 penalties in 5 plays killing a nice drive to the Prep 35. Nick Visco missed on a 42 yard field goal attempt.
The Ramblers then put together another nice drive, this one to the Wood 16. There the drive stalled and Prep settled for a John Chereson 33 yard field goal that would have been good from 50. The drive was highlighted by 2 great plays, the first a beautiful laid out catch for 27 yards by receiver Nafeez Carter-Brown and the second a great scramble by Terry enabling him to connect with Felix Schell for 17 yards.
Prep held the Vikings to three and out their next series. On third and 11 from the Rambler 43 Terry was again aided by another acrobatic catch, this one from Delton Williams for 40 yards to the Wood 10 yard line. Terry finished the two minute drive with a 6 yard td and Prep was in control 17-7 with 8 minutes left in the half.
The Vikings again failed to move the ball on their next possession, punting to the Ramblers 35 yard line. After a five yard run from Delton Williams, Terry had wide eyes as he saw Schell come up to the line of scrimmage uncovered. Sixty yards later Schell was celebrating in the endzone. “Yeah, we saw it. I came up to the line and I was in shock nobody was covering him and he’s one of the fastest players on the team so I just threw it to him right away and he’s a playmaker so he made the play ” said Terry. Prep took a 24-7 lead going into halftime.
Archbishop Wood never gave up. The Vikings held Prep out of the endzone on the opening drive of the second half, a drive aided by a controversial catch by Charles Fessler that gained 42 yards putting the ball at the Wood 30. It appeared that Fessler never had control of the ball but the referee ruled he made a football move then fumbled. The drive stalled at the 27 and Wood took over on downs following a 4th down incomplete pass.
The Ramblers defense then stiffened and with 6:42 left to play in the game the Vikings drove to the Rambler 24 but on fourth and one the Prep line stopped Messina at the line to take over. “I know we don’t have the biggest line but they are all aggressive and I’d take them over anyone” said Terry of his defense. Prep would turn the ball over to the Vikings 2 plays later on a carry by Messina. The Vikings drove to the 21 but on third and 10 freshman quarterback Tom Garlick was intercepted in the endzone to kill the Vikings hopes once and for all. “We made a lot of mistakes you just can’t make, we were our own worst enemy with penalties and such” said Archibishop Wood head coach Steve Devlin.
Cathedral Prep then ran out the clock to claim their title.
“We had a bunch of guys who had to step in after we had some season ending injuries last week. Troy Woodard, he’s just a sophomore and he had a touchdown catch. The thing is with Damion he just doesn’t pick out one or two guys who are his favorite, he passes to the guys who are open. We moved the ball in the second half we just weren’t able to capitalize in the redzone there in the second half. We won a street fight, they had some big boys over there. We’re 15 and 0 and I just couldn’t be any more proud of these kids and my staff” said coach Mischler of the win.
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