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McDevitt shuts out WPIAL power

Written by: on Saturday, September 4th, 2010


HARRISBURG –Bishop McDevitt’s defense shined as they held Gateway’s offense to 96 total yards as the Crusaders cruised to the 23-0 win at McDevitt Field.

McDevitt’s opening possession went 15-plays, capped by a 32-yard field goal by Connor Maloney.

After a couple of drives that stalled, quarterback Matt Johnson would get the first touchdown of the day.

Midway through the second quarter it was Johnson who made the big plays, converting a couple of long third down plays.

Facing a fourth-and-13 at Gateway’s 33, Johnson hit wideout Brian Lemelle for a 23-yard gain. One play later, Johnson scrambled around the left corner for a 10-0 lead.

After McDevitt recovered a pooch kickoff. Maloney would add to their lead hitting a 22-yard field goal with 16 seconds to go in the half. McDevitt led 13-0.

Maloney got the hat trick, kicking his third field goal of the day. The 33-yard field goal made it 16-0 with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Jameel Poteat would finish with 91 yards rushing on 27 carries. He would get the last score of the game, a three-yard run. Johnson would finish the game completing 10 of 19 passes for 126 yards.

Gateway’s sophomore QB Thomas Woodson completed only three passes for 60 yards and one interception.

Gateway has a young team and it showed through out the game.

Head football coach Terry Smith said, “They dominated the line of scrimmage. Offensively, we never got going. Our defense was on the field almost 80 plays. They fought and they battled, but it just wore us down.”

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