Philipsburg-Osceola 49, Vincentian Academy 0
Written by: Ron Bracken on Saturday, October 6th, 2018
The Philipsburg-Osceola football team had no idea what it was in for Friday night when it faced Vincentian Academy.
And what knowledge it did have of the Royals it probably gleaned from social media. It certainly didn’t come from the coaching staff, which figured it would do no good to let the Mounties know that the Royals had only played two games and lost them both. Past experience proved that.
“We didn’t tell them anything,’’ said coach Brian McGonigal. “ All we told them was that we were playing a team from Pittsburgh that had some good athletes. We didn’t show them any film except for a couple of plays they liked to run. That was part of our problem with Bishop Carroll (a 31-13 loss). The kids looked at the film and thought, ‘Oh, they’re not very good.’ and got overconfident..’’
So what the Mounties learned about the Royals they learned on the fly. Give them an A because they rolled to a 49-0 mercy rule win over the overmatched team from Pittsburgh which dressed only 16 players for the game.
The Mounties jumped on the Royals for 21 points in the first period as Kaleb Stamm scored from the 1, Landon McDonald took an interception back 35 yards for a score and McDonald scored again from the 3 with 2:49 left in the period. Kaleb Parks booted all three PATs.
The onslaught continued in the second quarter as McDonald scored on a 25-yard pass from Bubba Slogosky, who went over the eclipsed the 3,000-yad mark in career passing with a 13-yard completion to Nick Keith in the first quarter. Stamm scored again, this time from nine yards out and Slogosky connected with Aaron Depto from the 12 with :41 left in the half. Parks’ PAT made it 40-0 at the break.
The Royals struggled to mount any offense, throwing six interceptions for the night, and surrendered a safety early in the third quarter when Chase Chapman caught Vincenzo Battaglia in the end zone with 10:31 showing on the clock.
P-O’s final points came on a 7-yard pass from Slogosky to TJ Thompson with 8:03 to go in the game.
For the night Slogosky compelted nine passes for 147 yards.
“That’s awesome,’’ said McGonigal when he learned Slogosky had surpassed the 3,000-yard mark. “This should be a real confidence-booster for him.. I’m happy for the seniors too. And we got a chance to play at lot of young kids. This was obviously a good experience for us. We needed a confidence booster. Now we’ll work hard and get ready for Huntingdon.’’
1 2 3 4 –
Vincentian 0 0 0 0 – 0
P-O 21 19 9 0 – 49
P – Stamm, 1-yd run; Parks (kick), 7:47
P – McDonald, 35-yd interception return; Parks (kick), 6:55
P – McDonald, 3-yd run; Parks (kick) 2:49
P – McDonald, 25-yd run; kick failed, 9:25
P – Stamm, 9-yd run;, pass failed,5:41
P – Depto, 12-yd pass from Slogosky, Parks (kick), :41
P – Chapman, safety; 10:31
P – Thompson, 7-yd pass from Slogosky; Parks (kick), 8:03
1st Downs 9 13
Total Yards 141 332
Rushes/Yards 15-8 29-185
A/C/Int 23-11-6 17-9-0
Pass Yards 133 147
Fumbles/Lost 1-0 3-2
Penalties/Yards 6-37 6-60
Punts/Avg 3-18 0-0
Records: P-O 1-6, Vincentian, 0-3
Next game: Huntingdon at P-O Friday, 7 p.m.
Rushing: V – Khourey, 6-0, Battaglia,10-(minus) 4, Vargo, 1- (minus) 1, Jagrs, 2-2, Penrod, 1-1, Lowry, 2-7; P-O, McDonald, 7-43, Slogosky, 4-10, Martin 6-72, Stamm, 6-32, Morrisey, 2-17, Whitehead, 1-3, Hughes, 3-4.
Passing: V – Khoury, 6-2-0-3, Battaglia, 16-8-109-3, Lowry, 1-1-0; P-O, Slogosky, 15-9-0, Whitehead, 2-0.
Receiving: V – Battaglia, 1-0, Jagrs, 1-0, Morgano, 4-56, McBriery, 3-50, Khoury, 1-32, Hite,1- (minus) 3; P-O – Depto, 2-34, McDonald, 1-25, Keith, 3-49, Thompson, 2-29, Weitoish, 1-20.
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