McDevitt Pounds Cedar Cliff, 39-7
October 9- Relying on the steady performance of senior running back Jameel Poteat and an ever-improving defense, the Bishop McDevitt Crusaders overwhelmed the Cedar Cliff Colts this morning, 39-7, at McDevitt Field. Poteat ran for 200 yards and scored four touchdowns, while the defense made life miserable for Colt quarterbacks Tyler Orris and Tim Kelly. In fact, Cedar Cliff's only scoring drive was a weird 16 play first half possession that included 6 plays that lost yardage and 2 questionable interference calls. A lightning-quick response to that drive tacked 10 points on the Crusader lead before half time, though, and McDevitt cruised from there to improve its record to 4-2 (2-1 in the Mid Penn Keystone Conference).
Cedar Cliff took the opening kickoff and was quickly forced to punt, the ball rolling dead at the McD 33. The Crusaders decided to establish dominance of the line of scrimmage, so 9 consecutive running plays were called. Poteat's first 4 carries went for 4,7,6 and 5 yards before an illegal shift penalty spotted the ball at midfield. The durable followed with runs of 12, 1 and 8 yards before senior quarterback Matt Johnson snuck 2 yards for a first down at the CC 22. Johnson threw an incomplete pass before Poteat rumbled for 14 yards, breaking tackles along the way. A 2 yard Poteat run and a 3 yard Johnson scamper set the scene for Poteat's first tally, a 3 yard scoring run. Sophomore placekicker Connor Maloney booted the extra point and McDevitt had a 7-0 lead, with 4:06 left in the first quarter. Junior linebacker Allen Holman's sack led to another Colt punt, a short boot that only traveled to the McD 40. McDevitt couldn't take advantage, as a 10 yard Johnson sack led to Johnson punting back to Cedar Cliff inside the CC 5 as the quarter ended.
The second quarter began with the Crusader defense leaving no doubt about its dominance. Kelly was dropped for a 3 yard loss before he was sandwiched in the end zone by seniors Sean Barowski and Aaron Franklin for a safety and a 9-0 Crusader lead. Poteat returned the ensuing kickoff to the CC 42, but another sack of Johnson stalled the drive, leading to the senior booming a 51 yard punt for a touchback. Now the aforementioned Cedar Cliff scoring drive began. Barowski registered a 4 yard sack on the 4th play and 2 plays later Orris was chasing down a bad snap for a 9 yard loss. The drive appeared to have ended when Kelly threw incomplete on 4th down from the CC 49, but an interference penalty kept the chains moving. A long pass from Orris to Adam Brenneman was followed by 2 incompletions and a sack by junior Myles Williams. Then a second pass interference call on 4th down awarded the Colts the ball at the McD 11. Orris was dropped for a 3 yard loss before throwing a touchdown pass to Brenneman, who soared over tight pass coverage to make the catch. There was only 1:57 left in the half by this point, but the odd scoring march had riled up the Crusaders. After sophomore Brian Lemelle returned the kickoff to the McD 28 Johnson threw a long incomplete pass. On second down Head Coach Jeff Weachter called a running play to Poteat that was good for 21 yards. Seeing the Colts lined up to prevent a long pass, Weachter went back to the running play and was rewarded by Poteat runs of 18 and 27 yards. Now at the CC 6 it only seemed right to let Poteat finish off the drive, which he did with 1:19 left on the clock. Maloney's extra point attempt was blocked (his first unsuccessful attempt of the year) and McDevitt had a 15-7 lead. Cedar Cliff tried to answer, but sophomore Nate Showalter sacked Kelly on second down and junior Noah Spence sacked the Colt QB on 4th down. Now at the cc44 with seconds remaining, Johnson passed to Lemelle for a 35 yard gain and Maloney came on to drill a 27 yard field goal as time expired to stretch the McDevitt lead to 18-7.
The third quarter started with 2 long possessions, one by each team, that took a lot of time but produced no points. When McDevitt regained possession at its own 8 there was less than 3 minutes remaining in the quarter. On second down Poteat ran for 4 yards and Cedar Cliff was flagged for contact below the waist. Colt Coach Jim Cantafio made his feelings known to the game officials, earning him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which, when tacked on the previous penalty, moved the ball to the CC 43. Johnson quickly took advantage of the gift by scrambling for 20 yards. Two plays later Johnson hit sophomore Sean Seif for a 9 yard gain and a first down at the CC 26 as the quarter ended. That play was followed by another sack of Johnson that cost the Crusaders 8 yards, but Johnson made that yardage up and more by passing to Lemelle for a 28 yard gain. Poteat dashed over the goal line on the next play, leading to a 25-7 McDevitt lead. By this time the Crusader defense was teeing off on the Colt quarterbacks and Spence began the next Colt possession with a 9 yard sack of Kelly. When Cedar Cliff was forced to punt from its own end zone Noah's brother Tariq partially blocked the punt, the ball rolling to a stop on the CC 36. Despite a personal foul penalty against the Crusaders Johnson had the offense cranking, thanks to a 28 yard pass to Seif. Four more Poteat carries led to the next touchdown a 4 yard jaunt. Maloney's conversion ballooned the lead to 32-7 and led to mass substitutions. Sophomore safety Darnell Holland was rewarded for his excellent defensive play with a play from the tailback spot and he made the most of it, streaking down the left sideline for a 39 yard touchdown run that ended the scoring and produced the final 39-7 score.
Next Saturday, October 16th, the Crusaders welcome the Mechanicsburg Wildcats for a Keystone Division contest. The Homecoming Day game will start at 1:00 PM.
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