Washington does everything as Bonner-Prendergast rallies at the last minute – PA Prep Live


UPPER DARBY – Catholic quarterback John Ingram deployed, knowing he needed 49 yards in 4.4 seconds, and looked for a receiver. Instead, all he saw was the big guy in white Bonner-Prendergast with the yellow gloves.

These are the same hands that made the only touchdown in the first half. The same mittens that blocked a punt. The same paws that waved quarterback Sean Mulholland when he beat a linebacker on a seam 30 seconds earlier, then hit another touchdown with confidence.

And those hands, belonging to David Washington, enveloped Ingram as he pulled out of his pocket, extinguishing the last hope of a desperate Roman return.

Washington did everything for Bonner-Prendergast on Friday afternoon, catching the winning nine-yard touchdown with 37.2 seconds left in a 12-7 victory.

Washington scored Bonner’s first touchdown, a 13-yard corner drive in the first quarter. Between this score and the Brothers’ final training, so much had changed, and not for the better.

First and foremost, the Roman Catholic offense ended up for a possession, which in that comeback slugfest was almost enough. On a day when Roman kicked five times and had eight first downs, a 42-yard connection between Ingram and Tysheer Denmark was seen as a real game-breaker, the super sophomore running under an elevated sideline route.

Two plays later, Mao Howell rebounded a 24-yard off-tackle run. With Ndori Jeack’s extra point, the Cahillites had a 7-6 lead with 3:47 left in the third quarter.

Bonner-Prendie’s rally attempt was marred by big halftime changes on the offensive line. The two starting tackles, David Kpeglo and Mekel Marshall, were eliminated due to injury. Just for good measure, blocking full-back Scott Bernhard-Kyle was also lost for the day.

This moved Nick Bozzetto from center to left tackle, Aiden McGoldrick from left guard to center and forced a full rebuild on the right side. “He adapts to adversity,” said senior captain Bozzetto.

“The next man has to replace,” said Washington, a defensive disruptor from the point of arrival. “The youngest have to fill the role. You never know when you’re going to play. Everyone must be ready.

With these obstacles, the brothers were left to chase a deficit. They came closer in the middle of the fourth, a 13-game walk covering 76 yards. But he stalled at 7, Washington carrying a pass but buckled and fell within a yard of Roman’s Mekhi Smallwood mark.

“I told them, let’s stop on the first try. Let’s stop at the second down. Let’s take the ball back, ”said coach Jack Muldoon. “I knew if we got the ball back we would have three times out and we felt good that if we could stop them we would have a pretty good position on the pitch.”

Mulholland struggled with a pair of thrown interceptions, including a David Macon pick inside the red zone in the second quarter and a snatch by Mike Preston one play after Damir Williams-Bey intercepted Ingram. Mulholland was 6-for-12 for 59 yards, five receptions and 51 yards in Washington.

This left the Brothers hammering out Plan A: Mason Peterson. The running back carried 33 times for 132 yards, regardless of who was blocking for him or not. The Bell Cow back was so gassed that he took most of the second half huddles on one knee to save energy.

“He’s one of the most competitive kids you’ve ever seen,” Muldoon said. ” He is crazy. He is very talented. Every race since he was in second year, he’s run it like it’s the last time he’s going to have the ball. He’s got ridiculous vision and great poise, but if you combine that with that great desire to gain every foot and yard, he’s a tough dude to deal with on defense.

Even that had a limit, however. Peterson interrupted a 19-yard run to bring the Friars into the red zone, but was stacked twice before Washington refused on the fourth down. The next drive was set up when Peterson returned a 28-yard punt at Roman 20. He scored two yards on the fourth and 1 on the 11, but went forward for two, then back for two on. the goal to be covered. .

On Washington’s score, Peterson played the decoy, sprinting on the move to the left against a traveling formation, freezing linebackers long enough for Washington to come in behind them.

When Washington next performed a play, ending Roman’s last practice, the day’s work was completely done.

“One word,” Washington said of sentiment after confronting Ingram. “Joy.”

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