LaSalle beats Parkland to Advance to East Championship
Philadelphia, Pa., The LaSalle Explorers earned the right to play in their fourth consecutive AAAA, Eastern Pa. championship game with a dominating 28-7 win over the District 2, 4 and 11 champ Parkland Trojans at Northeast High’s Charles Martin stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Explorers came into the game after an emotional Catholic league final victory of St. Joe’s Prep and the District 12 championship over Frankford. Parkland won their district by beating Easton and Delaware Valley, whom they lost to at the beginning of the season.
LaSalle had an obvious advantage up front where they outweighed Parkland’s front by 20 pounds per player. Defensive Coordinator John Steinmetz plan was to put as much pressure on the Trojan offense in order to give their explosive RB combination of Jarel Elder and Eli Redmond as little room as possible to run. While they forced Parkland to three consecutive three and outs, they scored two quick touchdowns giving them a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Parkland bit on LaSalle quarterback Chris Kane’s pump and go to Sean Coleman. Coleman made an acrobatic catch at the one yard line and Mike Eife took it in for the Explorers first touchdown.
Kane then hit a wide open Coleman for a 29 yard touchdown on their next drive. Two series later they produced a nine play 74 yard drive with Kane completions of 13 and 22 yards which culminated in Jimmy Herron’s 5 yard scamper and a 21-0 lead at the half. Parkland continued to struggle to run the ball and by halftime they only produced 42 yards on 31 plays.
The Explorers put the dagger in when Coleman caught another touchdown, this one from 33 with still five minutes left in the third quarter. The Trojans did generate their own 11 play drive and quarterback Tim Barenek scored their only touchdown of the afternoon late in the fourth quarter.
LaSalle sacked Barenek 11 times (five by Jon Nagi). He was pressured all afternoon. Elder ended his day with 139 well earned yards on 20 carries.
Steinmetz defense played this one to perfection. Next week he’ll need a lot more of the same with Coatesville and their high flying offense on the schedule. That winner will represent the east in the AAAA title game in Hershey.
Notes: LaSalle RB Jared Herrmann made a sensational diving 22 yard reception in the second quarter which led to their third touchdown. Xavier Roden had a monster game at LB for Parkland with a plethora of tackles. Penn State LB coach Ron Vanderlindin was in attendance to scout Explorer linebacker Zaire Franklin.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Parklnd 0 0 0 7 7
LaSalle 14 7 7 0 28
Scoring by Quarter
LS – Mike Eife – 1 run – (PAT – Ryan Winslow) – 5:40
LS – Sean Coleman – 29 pass from Chris Kane – (PAT – Winslow) – 2:13
LS – Jim Herron – 3 run – (PAT – Ryan Winslow) – 4:24
LS – Coleman – 33 pass from Kane – (PAT – Winslow) – 5:05
P – Tim Baranek – 4 run – (PAT – Zach Owen) – 3:41
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