Class AAA: Allentown Central Catholic Vs. Archbishop Wood Preview
2010 Video Highlights from last year’s game
Allentown Central Catholic: 9-5: Lehigh Valley Conference, District 11: Winner of D4,2,9,11 bracket.
Archbishop Wood: 12-1: Philadelphia Catholic League: District 12 Winner of D12,1 bracket.
Location/Time: Charles Martin Stadium at Northeast High School, Friday, December 9 at 7:00pm
At Stake: The AAA eastern state title and a berth in the state championship game at Hershey
Coaches: Steve Devlin for Archbishop Wood, Harold Fairclough for Allentown Central Catholic
Background: These two teams played in this game last year in Bethlehem won by Allentown Central 49-27. Allentown Central then went on to defeat Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg) for the AAA state championship. Both teams have a combined 10, division1 players suiting for this game
Offense: Wood has been virtually unstoppable offensively all year. They average over 44 points/game and have had a multitude of games where reserves played in the second half in many of those. Desmon (Rutgers) and Brandon (Temple) Peoples are the two main running backs with great burst as well as very physical runners. Desmon did not play in the game last year vs. ACC. Joey Monaghan is one of the most accurate passers in the state with an 80% accuracy rating. He has thrown for 22 touchdowns and 1,500 yards. Two big targets for Monaghan are WR Nate Smith (West Virginia) and TE Colin Thompson (Florida). Smith has breakaway speed. The offensive line is the strength of this team. Frank Taylor (Boston College), Brandon Arcidiacano (Rutgers) and Thompson lead a group that averages 270 pounds. ACC counters with last year’s AAA Pa player of the year Brandon Nosovitch (South Carolina) who has thrown for over 3,500 yards and 36 touchdowns. His favorite receivers are Kevin Guylas (over 110 receptions, 26 TD’s and over 2,000 yards) and Jalen Snyder-Scipio (over 1,000 yards and 10 TD’s). Junior Colin McDermott is the main running back who has run for over 1,000 yards. The ACC offense averages over 42 points/game. In last year’s game vs. Wood, Nosovitch accounted for over 600 yards (198 running, 409 passing). Tad McNeely, Angelo Lucci and Oscar Ghasab patrol the offensive line and are very balanced in pass and run protection.
Defense: Wood has given up an average of 8 points/game with their downhill style of an attack mode defense. Thompson and Benji Abercrombie lead the charge on the line and their defensive backfield is very quick with Brandon, Desmon Peoples, Andrew Gucken, Smith, Kyle Adkins and Monaghan. Most started in this backfield for last year’s team. ACC’s achilles heel is their run defense. They gave up 500 yards vs.Valley View two weeks ago and have given up 30 points or more on six occasions. Up front they have an undersized line in Ghasab, Jeff Guylas, Tad McNeely and Lucci. Their defensive backfield features Noah Robb, G.B. Harkins, R.J. Taylor and Kevin Guylas.
Weather Conditions: The extended forecast calls for temperatures in the twenties by kickoff. Without question windy conditions would benefit Wood because of how lethal ACC’s pass game is. There is expected to be very little wind.
Intangibles: The Nosovitch to Guylas connection very well may be the best in Pa high school history. Nosovitch has been dinged this year with shoulder and ankle issues. The People’s cousins play together very well as an RB tandem and both take turns turning in big runs. Desmon has had foot issues last year and a slight ankle problem early in the year. ACC travels very well and should have a large number coming from the Lehigh Valley. ACC played in the much more competitive Lehigh Valley conference featuring seven of their opponents that were AAAA schools.
– Will ACC gain a psychological advantage if they get up by two scores early?
– Will ACC have anything to stop Wood’s run game?
– Is Nate Smith the answer in stopping Guylas and Snyder-Scipio?
– Will defensive coordinator Mike Carey dial up blitz packages to attack Nosovitch in the pocket?
– Can ACC keep it close in the 4th Quarter?
– Will Nosovitch run as much in this game as he did in last year’s game (198 yards)?
– How many points will ACC need to score to win this game?
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