West Catholic moves on
KINTNERSVILLE – Last season West Catholic made it to the PIAA Class 2A finals led by their big three, Curtis Drake, Raymond Maples and Rob Hollomon. Last year’s contest between Dunmore and West Catholic ended with a 49-21 win for the Burrs. Those players are gone now. But there is still have a familiar name on the team, Hollomon, not Rob but tailback Brandon Hollomon.
West Catholic’s (11-2) two scores came on good field position in the first and fourth quarter. Hollomon’s 217 yards rushing led West Catholic over previously unbeaten Dunmore (12-1) 13-0 Friday night at Palisades High School.
Head coach Brian Fluck said, “It starts up front. When Hollomon gets moving he’s a player.”
The Burrs’ offensive line controlled up front and West Catholic had a total yard advantage over the Bucks, 336-125.
The Burrs opening possession would take them down to the Dunmore 23. The drive stalled however. Dunmore could not convert on their first drive and had to punt. Hollomon returned the Dunmore punt to the Bucks 40 yard line.
Seven plays later on a fourth down and five, West Catholic quarterback Jarred Evans hit Quran Kent for the 23-yard strike with 2:41 to go in the first quarter. Timothy Carroll’s extra point made it 7-0 Burrs.
Dunmore suffered a serious loss on their first series when defensive end Tim Brier went down with an injury and didn’t return for the Bucks.
The Bucks offense struggled most of the night. They did not get a first down until 15 minutes into the game.
In the third quarter, West Catholic drove down to the Bucks 18 yard line. On fourth down Evans slipped on his run as the drive ended.
The Bucks would take over on downs. Quarterback Dave Olivetti hit Frank Santarsiero on a screen pass, but a West Catholic player stripped the ball and Hollomon would fall on the fumble. The Burrs took over on the Dunmore 35.
Hollomon said, “I was thinking of scooping that one up and trying to go with it. Then I just decided to cover it up.”
With Hollomon out of the game with leg cramps, backup tailback Kaheem Summerville took over.
Five plays later Summerville dove in for the four-yard touchdown run with 11:24 remaining in the game. The extra point was no good. The Burrs sealed the game 13-0.
With the win West Catholic waits for the winner of North Schuylkill (12-0) and Northern Lehigh (10-2).
Dunmore running back Michael Perry finished the game with 48 yards on 18 carries. He also had three catches for 17 yards.
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