La Salle senior QB Kyle Shurmur continued his dominant season finishing with 237 yards on 20-27 passing for 3 touchdowns and one interception. His main target was once again senior wideout Jimmy Herron who finished with 6 receptions for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns, which included a 62 yard bomb from Shurmur near the end of the first half. With those two touchdowns adding to his career total which now stands at 28, Herron has tied the all time career city touchdown receptions record. With five games remaining in the season, Herron's chances of crossing that record are quite high. Another notable on offense included senior RB Jordan Meachum who rushed for 80 yards on 15 carried for a touchdown. If the Explorers look to continue to be a threat, Meachum settling into a dangerous run game will be the best way to do it. Junior Nick Rinella made his comeback after missing the past two games and boy did he contribute. He rushed for 44 yards and caught for another 22 including a touchdown to start off the game.
The Explorers defense showed up big time. After allowing 39 points to DeMatha and 42 to Bergen Catholic, the Explorers shut down Malvern only allowing one touchdown which came at the very end of the first half. Senior LB Ryan Brady led the defense with 15 total tackles including 12 in the first half. The Explorers as a whole held the Friars offense to 277 total yards and limited Pittsburgh bound QB Alex Hornibrook to 139 yards on 15-24 passing. Senior Jimmy Herron picked off Hornibrook late in the fourth quarter to seal the game away for the Explorers.
Malvern had quite the arsenal of plays in their pocket. After scoring a touchdown to end the first half on a pass from Hornibrook to Morris, Malvern went lined up for the point after, snapped the ball, and pulled the ball away for the pass to convert on the 2 pointer. Mid way through the fourth in desperation time for the Friars, they lined up to punt, snapped it to the punter who then lined up for the pass. Sadly, the pass fell about ten yards short, but hey, it's the effort that counts.
A bright spot for Malvern is their running backs. They were able to run for a combined 138 yards as senior Dymond Wright ran for 65 yards on 13 attempts and junior Rashon Lusane ran for 48 yards on 8 carries. Late in the game, Malvern did an exceptional job of advancing the ball into the red zone and into Explorer territory, but consistently failed to convert on big fourth down conversions.
The Explorers benefited big time in the return of junior Nick Rinella as it added another big piece to a very dangerous offense. Each week, the Explorers seem to add another weapon into the offensive rotation. They will really look to improve as they move on to face the McDonogh School next week, the number one ranked team in Maryland. Malvern's next scheduled game is against St. Joseph's Prep. Both teams look to build off of a great game this week.
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