Lauletta leads Downingtown East over Roman Catholic
DOWNINGTOWN – The Downingtown East Cougars made a strong statement as to who will rule the roast in District 1 with a dominating 42-20 victory over PCL contender Roman Catholic in an out of conference game last night at Walter Kattmeyer stadium in Downingtown. Four Cougar second quarter touchdowns put the game out of reach.
University of Richmond commit, Kyle Lauletta threw for a little over 200 yards and four touchdowns and left the game for good after his four yarder to Jay Harris with still eight minutes to go in the third quarter and an insurmountable 42-7 lead. Roman committed five turnovers and 80 yards in penalties in the first half alone which contributed to their demise.
Miscues haunted the Cahilittes from the very first play from scrimmage. With the ball on the Cougar 20 Lauletta hit Chris Beals over the middle for a 54 yard gain to the Roman 26. A roughing the passer penalty moved the ball to the 13 and four plays later Beals hauled in another Lauletta toss (from four yards out) and their first score.
Roman took a short lived 7-6 lead when Michael Kier connected with Notre Dame commit William Fuller on a beautiful catch and run up the middle for a 59 yard touchdown.
Two more Lauletta touchdowns (an eight yarder to Beals and a 14 yard toss to Dayne Foley) were followed by Lauletta’s 12 yard touchdown run and with 6:50 left in the half Downingtown upped their lead to 28-7.
On the Cahilittes next possession Keir fumbled while trying to pass from Downingtown’s 32. The Cougars Wade Mastrog scooped up the ball and ran it back to the Cahilitte one. Josh Zahniser plowed in from the one and gave the Cougars a lead (35-7) that Roman would not be able to overcome.
The win moves Downingtown (Chest-Mont National, AAAA) to 2-0 and a game with visiting Pennsbury next week. Roman falls to 1-1and will visit Chestnut Hill.
Notes: Lauletta showed great touch on his passes and had great command of the offense. Starting RB Ryley Angeline did not play for the Cougars. Fuller showed great athleticism on his 59 yard touchdown. Malik Jones (a Monsignor Bonner transfer) showed great speed on his 60 yard touchdown for Roman. Jones was a 200 meter medalist in the state track and field finals last year. Two of Roman’s fumbles were the result of onside kicks. DTE almost converted on a third.
Scoring by Quarter
DTE- Chris Beals-4 yard pass from Kyle Lauletta- PAT- no good- 10:13
R- William Fuller- 59 yard pass from Michael Kier- PAT- Phillip Isaac- 2:56
DTE-Beals- 8 yard pass from Lauletta- 2 PT Con- no good- 10:21
DTE- Dayne Foley- 14 yard pass from Lauletta- 2 Pt Con- Josh Zahniser run- 8:47
DTE- Lauletta- 5 yard run- 2 Pt Con- Zahniser run- 6:50
DTE- Zahniser- 1 yard run- Chris White kick- 2:42
DTE- Jay Harris- 4 yard pass from Lauletta- White kick- 7:44
R- Malik Jones- 60 yard run- Issac kick- 9:53
R- Jones- 2 yard run- 2 Pt Con- no good- 3:29
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