Looking at the Explorers
The offense remained the threat and played consistently like they have throughout the season. Five players from the offense were named First Team All-Catholic. Senior QB Kyle Shurmur was one of those players, finishing the regular season 2,238 passing yards on 170-of-264 passing and 26 touchdowns. Shurmur led the PCL in all areas of passing including yards, yards/game, touchdowns, completions, attempts, and completion percentage. Another All-Catholic was senior WR Jimmy Herron. Herron finished the season with 834 yards on 61 catches for 12 touchdowns. Senior TE Charlie Hemcher also was a first teamer, finishing with 549 yards on 35 catches for six touchdowns. Junior L Matt McDermott and junior punter Michael Raczak also received first team bids. Junior linemen Jimmy Morrisey and Ryan Schutta were elected to second team. These players are only the beginning of a high powered Explorer offense. Senior RB Jordan Meachum finished with 1066 all purpose yards(655 rushing and 410 receiving) for 11 touchdowns. Junior Nick Rinella was a force on offense as well when coming back from an early season injury. If the Explorers' offense can play like they have all season, they will be one of the biggest threats in PA.
The defense finished their season on two high notes letting up only 15 total points to Father Judge and Roman Catholic. Three Explorers were named to First Team All-Catholic, while three more were added to the Second Team. The First Team included senior LBs Ryan Brady and Jordan Meachum and senior DB Jimmy Herron. Herron finished with three interceptions on the season, Meachum also had one. Brady proved to be a force throughout the season seeming to always be in the backfield applying pressure. The Second Team included junior DL Anthony Piscopo and senior DLs Keith Wagner and Sean Collins. The line has done a great job all season putting pressure on the opposing QB and making the Explorers one of the best pass defenses in the league. Not included in the selection was senior LB Aidan Kerrigan who was another crucial part of the defense. The defense finished the season giving up an average of 21.3 points/game and 148.9 passing yards/game. When the offense is averaging 33.0 points/game, those numbers will do just fine.
Looking at the Cahillites
Two Cahillites were named offensive First Team All-Catholics. Those two were seniors Gavin Wiggins, a Youngstown State bound lineman, and RB Dimetri Kelly. Kelly finished the season with 890 yards on 209 carries for 10 total touchdowns. Three more were added to the second team in junior L Jake Doyle, junior FB Ryan Schmidt, and senior WR AJ Frazier. Frazier finished the season with 594 receiving yards on 37 catches for five total touchdowns. Senior QB Phil DiWilliams has been injured since the Father Judge game and it is unsure if he will play in this game. Sophomore Anthony Butler has stepped into his place, but has yet to make an impact throwing for only 87 yards through three games on 12-of-26 passing and one touchdown. The Cahillites will look to lean on Kelly and fellow senior John Chaney for a majority of their offense.
Things have looked bleak for the Roman defense the last two weeks, but they will look to turn it around in the playoffs. Three members were named defensive First Team All-Catholics in senior DL Gavin Wiggins, senior LB Sam Payne, and senior DB John Chaney. The three have done a great job of pressuring the opposing QB throughout the season. Three more players were added to the Second Team in senior DL Kabir Basil, senior LB Marques Wright, and senior DB AJ Frazier. Roman was one of the few teams in the Catholic League who's defense allowed more points than their offense did. The defense has let up 27.8 points/game, while the offense has only averaged 24.3 points/game. The playoffs, of course, is like new life. None of these stats matter as the teams look to keep their seasons alive.
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