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O’Hara Takes To Air, Ground North Catholic

Written by: on Monday, September 21st, 2009. Follow Willie McGonigle on Twitter.


PHILADELPHIA: Just like NFL teams use preseason games to work on things Cardinal O’Hara head coach Dan Algeo uses non-league games to work on things. With a three-headed monster of a running game, Algeo set out to giving his passing game a workout. When it was all set and done Lions QB Ryan Laughlin would finish the game 8 for 15 passing and season high 128 yards as the Lions roared pass the Falcons of North Catholic 23-6 at Frankford Stadium.

After the Lions defense forced the Falcons to a three and out the Lions would put the first points when Mike Granta nailed his 26 yard field goal attempt giving the Lions the early 3-0 lead.

The Lions would show their quick strike potential as Laughlin placed a beautiful thrown ball right into hands of Adam Dempsey for a 55-yard touchdown on the drive giving the Lions the 10-0 lead heading into the half.

Laughlin would his legs do the work for the third score as he sneaked his way through the Falcon defense from a yard out giving the Lions the 17-0 lead at the end of the third.

One of the staples of the Lions throughout recent history has been dominate defense and on this day the Lions defense continue their dominance with the exception of a 86 yard touchdown pass from Anthony Reid to Dave Sherman. Defensively Matt Williams and Drew Formica led the Lions. “Our goal is shut out every week and try to limit the yards they get each week” is what Williams would said about the Defenses goals

Laughlin would cap the scoring when he connected with Ohio State Bound RB Corey Brown for 23-yard touchdown. Brown would finish the game with 101 yards on 24 carries in addition to 5 catches for 55 yards. When asked about his QBs performance Algeo responded “ Ryan’s getting better, our passing game is better.”

Up next for the Lions (3-0) is a date with their cross-town rivals the Monsignor Bonner Friars (2-1). Kickoff is schedule for Friday night at 7:30 at Widener University. The Falcons will travel to Glen Mills on Friday night

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