After stumbling to a 13-0 deficit, Gilmour Academy (2-3) was right back in it to open the second half of a home battle against Division VII AP No. 5-ranked Warren John F. Kennedy (4-1) on Saturday afternoon at Weber Stadium.
An Eagle interception was negated by a roughing-the-passer penalty, and Gilmour 6-foot-2 junior quarterback Thomas Richardson got right back up and tossed a 19-yard touchdown to 6-foot-1 senior tight end Charlie Shepherd. An extra point by 6-foot-3 sophomore Trey Guice tied the game, 13-13, with 10:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Despite some miscues in the first half, the host Lancers were back to even.
A tipped Richardson pass in the first quarter was intercepted by Kennedy senior Cam Hollogbaugh, who returned it from his own 25 to the Gilmour 40.
Lancer 165-pound senior linebacker Mitch Lamosek returned the favor on an inception of his own to provide his offense a 56-yard field, and Gilmour got back to work with a first down at the Kennedy 23-yard line. But a shovel pass was fumbled, and JFK recovered it.
Eagle 6-foot-1 freshman quarterback Caleb Hadley capitalized on a 1-yard touchdown run for a 13-0 lead with 7:04 to go in the half.
Gilmour 180-pound sophomore back Santino Harper returned the ensuing kickoff 31 yards to midfield. A few plays later, Harper tested out his throwing arm and connected with 5-foot-8 sophomore receiver Tommy McCrone for a 61-yard score to cut the deficit, 13-6, with 2:17 to go before the break.
And then Gilmour appeared to be back in business with that previously mentioned 19-yard touchdown catch by Shepherd.
But Kennedy’s Hollogbaugh, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound back, answered by scoring three straight touchdowns on 9-, 29- and 8-yard carries for a 33-13 Eagle advantage with 9:25 to play. JFK converted a third-and-20 play and recovered a muffed Lancer kickoff return to help set the table for the latter two of those touchdowns.
Gilmour 6-foot-3 senior Michael Snelling answered on a 35-yard touchdown reception from Richardson to cut the Lancers’ deficit, 33-19, with 7:46 to play.
But Hollogbaugh put the game to bed on a 74-yard, tackle-breaking jaunt up the middle for the 40-19 Eagle victory.
Gilmour finished with 263 yards, including 220 yards passing. Richardson was 13-of-24 for 159 yards for two touchdowns. McCrone had three catches for 74 yards, while Snelling had three catches for 70 yards.
Defensively, 175-pound sophomore linebacker Rocco Hice led the Lancers with 16 tackles.
The Hawken School gridders (0-2) found themselves in a 19-0 hole during a home battle against Division V Berkshire (4-1) on Friday night at Walton Stadium in Chester Township.
The visiting Badgers took a three-possession lead midway through the second quarter, but it didn’t take long for the Hawken boys to score three touchdowns of their own and cut their deficit to one possession.
Hawken 6-foot-1 junior quarterback Terrence Robinson dialed up 6-foot-4 senior Stone Zashin for a 24-yard touchdown to get the Hawks on the board, and junior Josh Lombardo’s extra point cut the deficit, 19-7, with 3:07 to go in the half.
That momentum appeared to be short-lived, as Berkshire answered on a 17-yard touchdown toss from 5-foot-11 senior Jacob Brown to 6-foot junior slotback Jack Kuehn for a 27-7 Badger lead with 58 second remaining in the half.
But Hawken provided a quick response with Robinson redialing Zashin for a 13-yard touchdown, with 11 seconds to spare, to cut the Hawks’ deficit, 27-14 at intermission.
Hawken 165-pound senior back Zach Miller then sprung into action on a 57-yard touchdown run to open the third quarter, and Hawken was right back in it, 27-20, with 8:55 to go in the frame.
While Hawken’s offense would finish with 413 yards to move the chains 20 times, it didn’t play a clean enough game to win. Hawken lost the turnover battle, 4-0, in a 55-28 defeat.
Berkshire went on to score the next four touchdowns, including a 68-yard reception by 170-pound senior tight end Chris Groudle, to take a 55-20 advantage with 11:21 to play.
With 1:06 remaining, Hawken’s Robinson dialed up Zashin once more, on a 26-yard end-zone find, for the 55-28 final.
Robinson finished 26-of-42 passing for 296 yards and one interception. Zashin collected 13 receptions for 196 yards and three touchdowns, while Hawken 180-pound junior tight end AJ Sands had seven catches for 66 yards and 5-foot-11 sophomore Danny Grajzl had three snags for 43 yards. Miller finished with 11 carries for 77 yards.
Defensively, Hawken surrendered 544 yards, including 381 yards rushing. Hawken 175-pound sophomore linebacker Chris Shea led his team with 16 tackles, while 5-foot-9 junior defensive back Sean Hodges had 10 tackles.
The Hawks were scheduled to play Division V AP No. 1-ranked Kirtland (5-0) this week, but they opted out of that game with only 18 healthy bodies.
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 37
University School 0
Only 78 yards of offense didn’t cut it for the University School gridders (1-4) in a 37-0 home loss against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (1-4) on Friday evening at Scovil Field.
NDCL’s balanced attack provided the visiting Lions a 27-0 lead at intermission, with sophomore kicker Gianni Spetic connecting on 36- and 21-yard field goals. Mr. Perfect also split the uprights from 20 yards out in the third quarter to finish with 13 points.
Notre Dame’s offense gained 388 yards, including 218 rushing, with 20 first downs. Lion 5-foot-11 junior quarterback Jacob Koenig was 13-of-20 passing for 170 yards with a pair of touchdowns, including a 23-yard strike to 6-foot-1 senior tight end Nathan Slattery and a 40-yard connection to 205-pound junior running back Ashton Gotham.
Badger 5-foot-8 junior receiver Will Eppich was Koenig’s favorite target with six catches for 74 yards, while 210-pouind senior back Jaiden Mangeluzzi had 12 carries for 82 yards with a 2-yard touchdown.
University, meanwhile, gained just three first downs for the game, with its aerial attack ineffective on 12 attempts for no completions. Prepper 175-pound senior back Nick Flowers had 10 carries for 81 yards.
Up next, University will host rival Gilmour Academy (2-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hunting Valley.